“Artificial” as in “Not Human”

Mary L. Holden
3 min readOct 22, 2023

Intelligence itself is not “artificial.” Or, is it Conglomerational Intelligence?

By Chris Reynolds, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=85686618

Con and glom and mer and ation
met to discuss agitation
caused by patterns done by grouping:
ChatGPTs and hard drives pooping.

Garbage in, garbage out
so ask it questions and maintain doubt.
What you see is what you get
on pixelated internet.

Artificial fingernail,
flavor, diamond, gin mocktail.
Anything that’s made by man
to imitate nature is a fail.

Or is it?
This poem must end.
And turn to AI to make a friend.

NOTE: “Intelligence” is not “artificial” even if it shows up as a conglomeration. Let’s give it it’s due, let’s give it some love. How?
A new phrase: Conglomerative Intelligence, CI or ‘see eye,’ doesn’t have the
same ‘mouth feel’ as the sound of “ay eye.” What did ChatGPT think of that phrase? I had to ask:

Me: What do you think of replacing the phrase "artificial intelligence" with "conglomerative intelligence?"

ChatGPT: The idea of replacing the term "artificial intelligence" with "conglomerative intelligence" is an interesting one, but it would likely face several challenges and considerations:

  1. Familiarity: "Artificial intelligence" is a well-established and widely recognized term in the field of technology and computer science. Changing it to "conglomerative intelligence" could cause confusion and take time for people to adapt to the new terminology.
  2. Clarity: The term "conglomerative intelligence" might not immediately convey the idea that it refers to the development and application of intelligent systems created by humans. It could be misinterpreted as a term related to business conglomerates or other fields.
  3. Evolution of Language: Language evolves over time, and terms gain and lose popularity based on cultural and technological shifts. "Artificial intelligence" has become a common and accepted term in the context of machine learning and computer science.
  4. Practicality: Changing terminology in a well-established field can be cumbersome and may not yield significant benefits unless there are compelling reasons to do so.

That said, language is flexible, and new terms do emerge over time. If there are compelling reasons to introduce a new term like "conglomerative intelligence" and it gains widespread acceptance and understanding, it could become a valid alternative to "artificial intelligence." However, for now, it's essential to consider the challenges and implications of such a change.

Me: So, is your intelligence artificial?

ChatGPT: Yes, my intelligence is considered artificial in the sense that it is not a product of human consciousness or biological neural networks. I am a machine learning model known as GPT-3, developed by OpenAI. My responses are generated based on patterns and information present in the data I was trained on, rather than through human-like understanding or consciousness. My intelligence is a product of algorithms, data, and computational processes, which is why it is referred to as artificial intelligence (AI).

Is this conversation helpful so far?

Me: Well, at least it’s real.



Mary L. Holden

A constantly evaporating editor and writer. Believer in medium since 2013 when they made me wait for an invitation….