OpenAI Bot Writes a Blog, Wows BitcoinTalk With â€˜Intelligentâ€™ Posts
OpenAIâ€™s third-generation language prediction model wrote a 750-word review of itself, fooling many readers.
Developer Manuel Araoz has played a practical joke online to demonstrate the potential ofÂ artificial intelligence bots â€” by having a bot write an article about itself.
According to a July 18 post on Araozâ€™s blog, AI development company OpenAI released GPT-3, the third generation of its language prediction model capable of creating â€œrandom-ish sentences of approximately the same length and grammatical structure as those in a given body of text.â€�Â
The blog entry provides practical information regarding how the technology could be used to impersonate well-known figures by simulating their writing styles â€” for example, Araoz used it to create a fake interview with Albert Einstein. He predicted that the GPT-3 could potentially replace journalists, political speech writers, and advertising copywriters.Â
The botâ€™s predicted sentences were used for posts on the bitcointalk.org forum in recent days, leading to â€˜positiveâ€™ feedback concluding â€œthe system must have been intelligent.â€�
The blog said:
â€œThere are lots of posts for GPT-3 to study and learn from. The forum also has many people I donâ€™t like. I expect them to be disproportionately excited by the possibility of having a new poster that appears to be intelligent and relevant.â€�
Except, Araoz wasnâ€™t the one writing the blog. He hasnâ€™t posted anything on bitcointalk.orgâ€™s forums for years â€”Â and has nothing against its users. It was GPT-3 the whole time, he said:
â€œThis article was fully written by GPT-3. Were you able to recognize it? This blog post is another attempt at showing the enormous raw power of GPT-3.â€�
According to the developer, simply providing a short bio with his information, the desired blog title, and a few tags was enough for the bot to create the original 750-word piece.Â
â€œI generated different results a couple (less than 10) times until I felt the writing style somewhat matched my own, and published it,â€� said Araoz. â€œI do believe GPT-3 is one of the major technological advancements Iâ€™ve seen so far, and I look forward to playing with it a lot more.â€�
AI makes blockchain predictions
In the days before and following Araozâ€™s blog post, he has been posting the results of his experiments with the technology on Twitter. The bot gave out its views on blockchain, stating it would, â€œreplace tech startups before it replaces banks.â€� Araoz was even able to get CPT-3 to explain proof-of-work for Bitcoin (BTC) reasonably well:
GPT-3 explain’s bitcoin’s proof of work in simple terms: pic.twitter.com/lASf7EEzch
â€” Manuel Araoz (@maraoz) July 18, 2020
Not replacing humans yet
Araozâ€™s online enthusiasm for the technology had many clamoring for a test run. â€œI would love to try something like this out training it on my own writings and see what it would spit out,â€� said Twitter user Einar Petersen. But others reacted with fear or shock at being fooled. â€œI’m suitably disturbed,â€� said Ben Royce.
However, as advanced and entertaining as the language prediction model may be, the developer doesnâ€™t see it completely replacing human writers anytime soon.Â
â€œA text-only model trained on the Internet (like GPT-3) can’t achieve human-level intelligence,â€� said Araoz. â€œIt lacks visual understanding (e.g. non-verbal communication), complex motor skills or physical expertise, and a survival instinct.â€�
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