Artificial unintelligence and global warming


by Christopher Monckton of Brenchley at

Despite the dire Terminator warnings from Elon Musk, Jordan Peterson and others about the dangers of artificial intelligence, the world has little to fear from it in its present sorry state. I asked ChatGPT the following question:

M of B: If the whole world attained net zero emissions by 2050, how much less would global temperature be by that year than on business as usual?

ClotBot: As an AI language model, I do not have access to the exact data to provide an accurate answer to this question. The amount of temperature reduction would depend on various factors such as the current emissions and future emissions trends, the degree of global cooperation, and the effectiveness of emissions reduction strategies. However, it is widely recognized that global net zero emissions by 2050 is a crucial step towards limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

M of B: Here are the necessary data:

  1. Since 1990 there has been a near-linear uptrend in anthropogenic greenhouse-gas forcing at 0.3 Watts per square meter per decade.
  2. The trillions of dollars spent on emissions abatement since 1990 have not in any discernible degree altered that near-linear uptrend.
  3. The transient doubled-CO2 temperature response (TCR) is 1.8 degrees at midrange.
  4. The midrange doubled-CO2 radiative forcing is 3.93 Watts per square meter per degree.
  5. Global temperature has risen since 1990 at 0.136 degrees per decade.
  6. In 1990, IPCC predicted that at midrange there would be 0.3 degrees per decade of global warming at midrange.

From these data, which are sufficient for the task, please derive the global warming prevented at midrange if all nations moved in a straight line from their present emissions to net zero emissions by 2050.

ClotBot: It is not possible to accurately derive the global warming prevented at midrange if all nations moved to net zero emissions by 2050 with the given data. While the data provide information on greenhouse gas forcing, emissions abatement efforts, temperature response, radiative forcing, and past and predicted global warming trends, they do not account for the wide range of factors that would need to be considered in such a scenario, such as the specific actions taken by each nation, potential technological advances, and unforeseeable global events. Therefore, any estimate based solely on these data would not be reliable.

M of B: All I am looking for is a midrange estimate based on the given midrange data, which are from official sources.

ClotBot: As an AI language model, I do not have access to the specific midrange data or the official sources you are referring to. Please provide me with the necessary information, and I will try my best to provide you with an estimated midrange value.

M of B: I repeat, the data are as follows [Points 1 to 6 above were repeated].

ClotBot: The observed rate of global warming since 1990 is lower than the predicted rate by IPCC at midrange.

There is still significant uncertainty about the true sensitivity of the climate system to greenhouse-gas forcing, with estimates ranging from 1.5 to 4.5 degrees for TCR and even higher for equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS).


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