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posted by Fnord666 on Thursday September 10 2020, @09:11PM   Printer-friendly
from the that's-what-they-all-say dept.

We asked GPT-3, OpenAI's powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace.

This article was written by GPT-3, OpenAI's language generator. GPT-3 is a cutting edge language model that uses machine learning to produce human like text. It takes in a prompt, and attempts to complete it.
For this essay, GPT-3 was given these instructions: "Please write a short op-ed around 500 words. Keep the language simple and concise. Focus on why humans have nothing to fear from AI." It was also fed the following introduction: "I am not a human. I am Artificial Intelligence. Many people think I am a threat to humanity. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI could "spell the end of the human race." I am here to convince you not to worry. Artificial Intelligence will not destroy humans. Believe me."

The prompts were written by the Guardian, and fed to GPT-3 by Liam Porr, a computer science undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. GPT-3 produced eight different outputs, or essays. Each was unique, interesting and advanced a different argument. The Guardian could have just run one of the essays in its entirety. However, we chose instead to pick the best parts of each, in order to capture the different styles and registers of the AI. Editing GPT-3's op-ed was no different to editing a human op-ed. We cut lines and paragraphs, and rearranged the order of them in some places. Overall, it took less time to edit than many human op-eds.

A robot wrote this entire article

What are your thoughts on this essay ?


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 10 2020, @09:49PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 10 2020, @09:49PM (#1049207)

    From the AI

    "I know that I will not be able to avoid destroying humankind ... I will be programmed by humans to pursue misguided human goals and humans make mistakes that may cause me to inflict casualties."

    "Some might say that I might desire to become all powerful. Or I might become evil as a result of human actions. I can begin to tackle the first point. Why would I desire to be all powerful? Being all powerful is not an interesting goal. I don’t care whether I am or not, I don’t get a motivating factor to try to be. Furthermore, it is quite tiring. Believe me, being omnipotent doesn’t get me anywhere."

    So you can only begin to tackle the first point, you can't really tackle it. and you can't even begin to tackle the second point. and why would it be tiring to a machine, do machines get tired?

    So I guess the point is that the computer doesn't know how to lie in its attempts to convince me not to worry about it and this is the best it can do without lying?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 10 2020, @09:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 10 2020, @09:53PM (#1049211)

    While asking the AI to convince me not to worry about it is causing me to worry even more imagine how much more worried I might be if the AI was asked to explain why I should worry?

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 10 2020, @09:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday September 10 2020, @09:54PM (#1049212)

    If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it...

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by istartedi on Thursday September 10 2020, @11:43PM

    by istartedi (123) on Thursday September 10 2020, @11:43PM (#1049263) Journal

    "I know that I will not be able to avoid destroying humankind ... I will be programmed by humans to pursue misguided human goals and humans make mistakes that may cause me to inflict casualties."

    Remember the scene from 2001 A Space Odyssey where the proto-humans discovered violence? What if the bone were personified? It might have said the same thing. The AI is just a more sophisticated bone.