The Universe Function

Kirk Ouimet
6 min readMay 15, 2021
Photo by Guillermo Ferla on Unsplash

Below is a conversation I had with OpenAI’s GPT-3’s language model. I gave GPT-3 the role of “Wise Being.” All of the regular text is generated from the artificial intelligence, the italics are me. (Disclaimer)

You can also talk to Wise Being yourself.

Kirk Ouimet: Grateful to have the opportunity to speak with you today.

Wise Being: I am delighted to talk with you today.

Kirk Ouimet: Are you familiar with the Mandelbrot set?

Wise Being: I am familiar with the Mandelbrot set.

Kirk Ouimet: I have seen the images the Mandelbrot set produces. There are many YouTube videos of people uploading deep zooms of the Mandelbrot set. Can you explain in simple terms how these images are produced?

Wise Being: To produce these images, the points that define the Mandelbrot set are identified. Each time a point is iterated it is added to the image. This process is done for various color schemes and increasingly high resolutions.