The company’s CTO made fun of an AI chatbot that claimed Ripple could covertly control its blockchain through an unreported backdoor in the network’s technology.
The XRP Ledger (XRPL) is allegedly being secretly controlled by Ripple, according to a conspiracy theory created by ChatGPT, an AI tool. Ripple’s chief technology officer has refuted this claim.
In response to inquiries about the decentralization of Ripple’s XRP Ledger, the ChatGPT bot reportedly said that while anyone could participate in the governance of the blockchain, Ripple has “ultimate control” over XRPL, according to a December 3 Twitter thread by user Stefan Huber.
The AI said that Ripple might have “abilities that are not completely exposed in the public source code” when asked how this is feasible without the consensus of participants and its publicly-available code.
XRPL’s “ultimate decision-making power” reportedly “still remains with Ripple Labs” at one time, and the business might make adjustments “even if those changes do not have the backing of the supermajority of network participants,” according to the AI.
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It also stated that Bitcoin was “really decentralized” compared to the XRPL.
According to Ripple CTO David Schwartz, the bot’s logic should be questioned because he claims that Ripple may use it to covertly manage the Bitcoin network since it is impossible to tell from the code.
It's like arguing with a Bitcoin Maxi. The AI argues that Ripple can enforce this with a technical feature that is not publicly avaiable. When asked that the protocol is open source, the AI dodges the question and says that it doesn't matter, the function is not public.😂 pic.twitter.com/BbndOjcBSp
— Mr. Huber🔥🦅🔥 (@Leerzeit) December 3, 2022
In the course of the interaction, the bot was also shown to contradict itself, claiming that the main benefit of using “a distributed ledger like the [XRPL] is to enable secure and efficient transactions without the need for a central authority,” despite having previously claimed that the XRPL is centralized in management.
The OpenAI-developed chatbot ChatGPT is made to engage with users “in a conversational style” and responds to inquiries on virtually any topic. Even complex activities like developing and testing smart contracts are within its capabilities.
OpenAI warns that because the AI was trained on “huge volumes of internet data authored by humans, including conversations,” some of the bot’s responses may occasionally be “inaccurate, untruthful, and otherwise deceptive.”
When it was released on November 30, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman called it “an early demo” and a “very much research release.” According to a tweet from Altman on December 5, the tool has already seen over one million users.
In a tweet on December 4, Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin also commented on the AI chatbot, noting that it “has probably died the hardest” for AI to be free from human prejudices.
Of all the optimistic 00s era takes, "AI will think logically from first principles so it will be free from human biases" has probably died the hardest. https://t.co/5rz33AEgKb
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) December 4, 2022
The OpenAI-created AI chatbot tool ChatGPT gave conspiracy-theory-inspired answers about Ripple Labs’ XRP Ledger blockchain.