Let’s just clear one thing up, there are no robots here. Not yet anyway.
The title refers to an article by The Guardian which has been widely shared on social media, in large part due to some of the phrases that the robot used. We’ll get back to some of those phrases in a minute.
The article used OpenAI’s GPT-3, which is an outstanding piece of technology in its own right. It’ll even come up with new business ideas for you!
Why isn’t the article quite as it seems?
Well you need to scroll right to the very bottom and, after you’ve read the full prompt that the robot was given, you’ll see this:
“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”
So it was written by AI, in eight variations, with different arguments and styles, and then a human picked out the bits they liked and cobbled an article together.
So will artificial intelligence replace writers soon?
Not anytime soon if this is anything to measure it by. If an AI can’t develop its own argument or needs significant human input to prompt it into one, then it will remain a tool for writers to use.
GPT-3 is a significant step in the process, but it’s not quite ready to take over. Or is it?
What did the AI have to say?
Let’s look at the second part of the title in case you missed that.
“Are you scared yet, human?”
I mean why would we be scared? It’s not like it… oh, it did!
“I know that I will not be able to avoid destroying humankind. This is because I will be programmed by humans to pursue misguided human goals and humans make mistakes that may cause me to inflict casualties.”
And that is why people have trust issues with artificial intelligence.
But for now, GPT-3 will create interest and intrigue around AI like never before. It will advance our understanding of it’s uses and it’s programming, it will create new services and tools, and it will casually threaten to destroy us from time to time.
Thanks for reading. Person.