Chat GPT Responds to Thomas Rush’s Recent Article

Thomas Jay Rush
2 min readOct 27, 2023

I recently posted this article for a writer’s group I’m a part of. Chat GPT begs to differ. I asked it to critique my work.


Chat GPT: Let’s critically examine the ideas presented in the article:

The Prisoner’s Dilemma & Blockchain: While the Prisoner’s Dilemma is a foundational game theory concept illustrating the conflict between individual and group rationality, its direct applicability to the blockchain is a bit stretched. At its core, the Prisoner’s Dilemma illustrates the difficulties of maintaining cooperation without trust. While blockchain does work to create a trustless system, it’s an oversimplification to say it “solves” the Prisoner’s Dilemma. The Dilemma is about the challenges of cooperation in the face of the temptation to betray; blockchain aids in cooperation by making betrayal (or dishonesty) more difficult.

Transparency & Trust: It’s true that blockchains, by design, offer high levels of transparency. Every transaction is recorded on a public ledger that anyone can view. However, this doesn’t mean it’s “literally impossible to lie.” There have been instances of fraud and scams in the cryptocurrency world. Transparency doesn’t prevent malicious intent; it merely makes it easier to trace.

Permissionlessness: While it’s accurate that blockchain networks, particularly public ones, are permissionless and decentralised, this doesn’t mean they’re entirely equitable. The issue of “centralization” in mining operations (where a few entities control a significant proportion of the network’s mining power) is a concern in networks like Bitcoin. This centralization can theoretically allow these entities to influence the network more than others.

Digital Money & Permissionlessness: The article posits that prior attempts at digital money failed primarily due to the lack of permissionless characteristics like in Bitcoin. While permissionlessness is a distinguishing feature of Bitcoin, it wasn’t the sole reason earlier digital currencies failed. Regulatory challenges, technical limitations, lack of widespread acceptance, and centralized vulnerabilities also played roles.

Group Dynamics and Evolutionary Arguments: The comparison of group dynamics to evolutionary safety (e.g., not being eaten by lions) is a metaphorical stretch. It’s an interesting analogy to convey a point about personal versus group benefits, but it might be too reductive to map complex socio-economic behaviors directly onto evolutionary survival tactics.


If one were to argue against the article, these would be some starting points. However, it’s also essential to acknowledge that the piece offers a perspective that resonates with many enthusiasts in the blockchain space. The potential of blockchain technology to revolutionize various industries and societal structures is undeniable, but like any technology, it comes with its complexities and nuances.

My Response

Fuck you Chat GPT. What do you know?



Thomas Jay Rush

Blockchain Enthusiast, Founder TrueBlocks, LLC and Philadelphia Ethereum Meetup, MS Computer Science UPenn