In September this year The Guardian published an article titled, ‘A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human? Written by the powerful language generator, GPT-3, it was intended to get a reaction.
And it did.
Many wondered how original it was, and if this really was as impressive as it was made out to be. After all, it was an articulate, well thought-out and argued essay, one that could have been written by a seasoned journalist. If you scrolled to the end of the article, however, there was a disclaimer (or caveat) of sorts. It turns out that the robot was given clear instructions and prompts on what and how to write. Also, a there were eight different outputs produced by GPT-3, and a human editor then picked the best parts from them all to make one article.
The Guardian said (in an explanation of sorts) that “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.”
Even so. This was impressive and leads one to wonder what our futuristic world will look like (we’ve wondered before too – think Huxley and Asimov).
However, what is clear is this – of all the technological advancements we have made and are making, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the biggest game-changers, and OpenAI’s GPT-3 is probably one of the largest leaps in Artificial Intelligence. OpenAI is a San Francisco-based Artificial Intelligence Research company, co-founded by Elon Musk.