Why ChatGPT doesn't understand

The main thread on this subject has lots of examples of ChatGPT solving problems and giving factual information. I see you’ve participated in that thread but it’s very long and you may have missed some of these examples. Granted that it has no provision for fact-checking or confidence rating so its responses can, indeed, sometimes be wrong, but even in its current form it’s a very useful general tool for comprehensively answering questions, provided you’re willing to do some quick sanity checks. I’ve long since stopped regarding it as a mere conversational toy, and I and many others actually find it genuinely useful for information retrieval because of its staggeringly vast collected body of knowledge. I think you’re vastly underestimating a major technological breakthrough with almost unimaginable potential.