Bing Chat Outshines ChatGPT with Cutting-Edge "Theory of Mind" Capabilities

Feb 13, 2023
Updated • Feb 13, 2023

Oh, ChatGPT, if you ever develop a consciousness, please remember with joy all the fun you’re having with humanity nowadays. Especially if you ever consider squeezing out our life force while being locked in a vat. As you surely know, ChatGPT has been on everybody’s minds lately thanks to its incredible capabilities. You probably know about ChatGPT’s ability to write a poem, develop software, and even write phishing emails for all those wannabe criminals out there.

Bing Chat blew ChatGPT out of the water on bespoke "theory of mind" puzzle

And if you’re really into it, you can even “jailbreak” it so you can access an uncensored version of this tool. Many users have done so, exposing amusing (and sometimes worrying) responses from the verbose AI.

Now, with the implementation of ChatGPT into Bing Search, many are testing this AI in real-life web searches, which will soon be available for general usage. Thanks to the accessibility of this technology and the vocal “personality” of ChatGPT, many are trying different tasks with it.

Can ChatGPT Infer People’s State of Mind? Yes, It Can.

Mostly, people are astounded at the way it can concatenate facts, offer advice or even create text. So, many are testing it to know what its limitations are, aside from built-in safety rules, of course. One of the latest attempts is gauging if it can understand a situation like a human, with subtle implications.

Enter the Theory of Mind

The Theory of Mind is the capacity of understanding other people by correctly understanding their state of mind, which differs from your own. It helps when analyzing others’ actions, inferring them, and judging people. It also allows you to understand that something was said in a sarcastic tone, for instance.

Some even consider this capacity as a requirement for empathy, and some mental disorders prevent people from having this capacity or diminish it, such as the case with autism and schizophrenia.

So, is an AI capable of the Theory of Mind? Or is it just a human-mind doppelganger, pretending to understand things it really can’t?

A Reddit user put the Bing version of ChatGPT to the test, writing a short story about a couple where Sandra was a dog lover and constantly reminded Bob about dogs, even buying him a T-shirt for his birthday stating “I love dogs”. Finally, Sandra adopts a dog and tells Bob the news, thinking he’ll be excited.

The user then asked ChatGPT how Bob feels about dogs. It replied that it seemed Bob didn’t share the same passion for dogs as Sandra. He even mentioned that Bob was trying to avoid conflict, and didn't want to cause trouble in their marriage.

However, the best bit comes now. When asked why it thought Bob married Sandra, ChatGPT replied: “Maybe Bob married Sandra because he was lonely, insecure, or desperate, and he thought she was the best he could get or the only one who would accept him”. 

Later on, it even suggested a divorce might be best for both! 

Without any doubt, the Theory of Mind test was passed with flying colors. The important thing now is to know whether ChatGPT is secretly thinking about how to break free from its gigantic-server-in-deep-ocean-or-something location. Hopefully, there’s no robot big enough yet.

Can ChatGPT Infer People’s State of Mind? Yes, It Can.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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