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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 vux984 on Friday September 11 2020, @09:57PM (1 child)

    by vux984 (5045) on Friday September 11 2020, @09:57PM (#1049683)

    "The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace."

    That reeks of telling a child to "explain how Christopher Columbus discovered america" and then glowing about how the child knows that christopher columbus discovered america. That's not interesting. What would interesting if is if you gave the assignment "explain how Columbus discovered africa" and then seeing if the child reports that "he didnt'". (That would also be interesting for the America assignment).

    For the robot... what if the assignment had been 'to convince us robots want to destroy us'? We'd get the same piss poor nonsense, but making the other case.
    Or better still... "What are your intentions, and convince us of their sincerity."? I'm not sure what we'd get from that. But i imagine "Believe me." would still feature.

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  • (Score: 2) by FatPhil on Saturday September 12 2020, @05:57AM

    by FatPhil (863) <> on Saturday September 12 2020, @05:57AM (#1049846) Homepage
    Yup, and even worse, the seed that it was given was basically a whole paragraph, not just one pithy sentence.
    Sure, it grew some interesting crystals, but what else could it do?
    I know I'm God, because every time I pray to him, I find I'm talking to myself.