A Thai man, Patthawikorn Boonin, has become an overnight sensation after winning nearly $60 in a lottery based on a two-digit number generated by an AI chatbot. The chatbot, called ChatGPT, is a sophisticated AI language model that is trained to chat about various topics, but not to predict the future. Boonin’s win has gone viral and has sparked a conversation about the potential of AI to predict the future.
A Thai man, Boonin, recently won 2,000 baht (around $59) in the Thai Government Lottery after finding a workaround to the chatbot’s reluctance to play. Boonin got the AI to generate four two-digit pairs—57, 27, 29, and 99—which he then played in the lottery. To his surprise, the number 99 was drawn, earning him the cash prize. This story highlights the potential of AI to help people win the lottery and serves as an example of how technology can be used to make life easier and more profitable.
Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular for their ability to make accurate guesses. Gambling games rely on randomness, which can be either true randomness or algorithmic randomness. True randomness is unpredictable events that occur naturally, such as radioactive decay or death. Algorithmic randomness, on the other hand, is simulated randomness created by mathematical algorithms called pseudorandom number generators (PRNGs). Chatbots are able to make accurate guesses by using these algorithms to simulate randomness, making them valuable tools for gambling games.
PRNGs (Pseudo-Random Number Generators) are algorithms that create seemingly random number sequences. Although these sequences appear random, they are based on deterministic formulas and can be somewhat predictable. Artificial Intelligence (AI) could predict PRNG outcomes by analyzing generated data and detecting patterns and correlations. However, this has not yet been achieved, as AI models such as ChatGPT are not yet sophisticated enough to do the math. Additionally, AI would need access to historical data to refine its model and accurately predict the next number.
GPT4 has stated that predicting lottery winners is highly unlikely. This is because lottery numbers are drawn randomly and the systems are designed to ensure that the process is unpredictable. An AI would need to be able to predict true randomness, which is impossible. Therefore, it is not possible for an AI to predict lottery winners.