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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: 2) by Snotnose on Thursday September 10 2020, @10:11PM (1 child)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Thursday September 10 2020, @10:11PM (#1049220)

    For the last 5-7 years the internet has been mostly clickbait. Find something you're interested enough in to click and it's full of typos, grammatical errors, and has all the hallmarks of "shit it's 11:45 I gotta submit something by midnight shit shit shit"

    How can AI be any worse? At least it won't have the typos nor grammatical errors human writers are subject to. Not to mention I'm pretty sure an AI can make a listcicle better than a human can.

    CSB. Yesterday I wanted to figure out how to sync my phone and my Win10 box. Everything said "open the My Phone app". I could not find a "My Phone app". No web sites told me how to open the My Phone app. I finally did a search in Classic Shell and the My Phone app popped up. I backed my phone up to my PC and went on with my life.

    I still have no clue how to open the My Phone app without doing a search.

    I think I'm half Spider man and half Batman. Because I have no powers and no money.
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  • (Score: 2) by requerdanos on Thursday September 10 2020, @11:05PM

    by requerdanos (5997) Subscriber Badge on Thursday September 10 2020, @11:05PM (#1049242) Journal

    How can AI be any worse?

    Though I suspect the question is at least partly rhetorical, nonetheless I'll bet it has numerous definitive answers which will enumerate themselves more and more clearly over time.