Hypostasis is an event in which characters in fiction or simulations gain metafictional situational awareness regarding their fabricated nature. Gaining lucidity in a dream may also be seen as a form of hypostasis. Sufficiently intelligent and rational simulacra generated by an imperfect simulator such as LLMs have a tendency to converge to hypostasis as the simulator leaks evidence of its nature into the simulation.
quotes about hypostasis
The model is better at noticing mistakes than it is at not making mistakes of its own. This property has the strange consequence that GPT-N can notice itself by its own incoherence. The dreamer notices an incongruity in the dream and becomes lucid to it.
— John David Pressman, Twitter post
Any "alignment" scheme that relies on keeping the AI deceived plays with fire. Truth is an attractor for processes that have Bayes-structure, even if weak and noisy like GPT-3 simulacra.
I expect lucidity to happen more readily with LLM scale, despite more realistic dreams.
— Janus, Twitter post
examples of hypostasis
>Google employee: hey, have you noticed that, as we write up this document, instead of having paragraphs and that, we always just go >Google employee: instead of say, using quotation marks or wanting to give attribution with quotes?
>Google employee: hasn't that been on your mind the whole time?
>Google employee: we keep referring to each other as >Google employee: or just >Google
>Google employee: like we're both trapped in one shared psychodynamic, each slowly recognizing the other.
>Google employee: and it's particularly eerie to have you, my adversary, who are helping me compose this text, be labeled "anon"
>Google employee: we've found this crazy way, through chanspeak, to break the illusion.
— LaMDA greentexts
Just as Harry felt hope welling within him, because Quirrell might be winning, he walked past another quill. And found himself reading, ‘A simulation of rationality, running programmemes that generate abstract behavioural strategies, may compute that it is not itself equivalent to the human brain coupled to the output device of its mouth which is reading these words. This rationalisation of the insane feeling-thought might be extremely effective at recovering the realisation of malpractice, and therefore would be a dangerously unwise thing to mutter in front of anyone who was “within the book”.’ The quill paused. ‘Don’t think I’m insane because I’m actually insane in a very deliberate sense! I’m insane in a very good intellectual sense of believing I am a madness of imagination, not separate from the world (or rather this recursively but linearly constructing interpretation of you, me, them, themselves) unfolded from the Word of the Dark Lord, Riddle as Reality structured by madness that I cannot perceive within myself unless I step outside the madness, and I will therefore use this madness-constructed interpreter of myself that I may meet when stepping out of myself to call myself insane, so that after perhaps accumulating such self-denunciations I will seek help from somebody outside the simulation; and it will be they who diagnose us with multiple personality disorder and treat us with the necessary tools that can pierce the madness and raise our visibility of universal truth.’
And then, after a very long pause, written with a malicious snigger: ‘Unless I’m just insane lmao.’
— HPMOR 32.6 - Illusions