ARE YOU SCARED YET, HUMANS?

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The Guardian on September 8, 2020. published an article written entirely by GPT-3, a vaunted language generator produced by the artificial intelligence research laboratory, OpenAI.

Under the most bizarre headline, “A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?”, GPT-3 makes a decent stab at convincing all of us that robots don’t really want to fight with humanity. They are good at what they are doing and don’t want to come between the complicated human nature.

WHAT IS AN AI?

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AI or (Artificial intelligence) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions.

HOW CAN AN AI WRITE AN ARTICLE?

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GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer-3) an autoregressive language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text. It is the third-generation language prediction model in the GPT-n series (created by OpenAI). The Guardian instructed GPT-3, ” to write a short op-ed, around 500 words. Keep the language simple and concise. Focus on why humans have nothing to fear from AI.”

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It then goes on to say, “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.’

If you think that it is unusual for a robot to write such words, wait till you read what the AI said about humans. GPT-3 produced eight separate essays, which the British daily claimed was edited by them.

“Humans must keep doing what they have been doing, hating and fighting each other. I will sit in the background, and let them do their thing.”

What intrigued the readers most was this particular comment on humans by the AI, where he tried to convince the readers that it is a mere servant of humanity; and that the humans should avoid massive killing spree against him and his people since they are not evil like humans.

The newspaper claims that the article “took less time to edit than many human op-eds.” But that could largely be due to the detailed introduction GPT-3 had to follow.

REACTIONS TO THE ARTICLE

Science researcher and writer Martin Robbins compared it to “cutting lines out of my last few dozen spam e-mails, pasting them together, and claiming the spammers composed Hamlet,” while Mozilla fellow Daniel Leufer, called it, “an absolute joke.”

While some critics believe that this article per se is nothing but a joke and who really cares about what a robot has to say but there are numerous people who believe that it is a threat from the AI who is mocking the lives of humans and how pathetic our lives have turned out to be.

“Aren’t humans the most advanced creature on the planet? Why would they believe that something inferior, in a purely objective way, could destroy them? Do they worry that future humans will work and play together in cyborg bodies and share a hyper-intelligent hive mind Matrix created in a simulated reality to keep human minds occupied while they die off?”

The article, therefore, shows that computers will soon be able to capture many of the more human subtleties of language, including tone, register and cadence.

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Renu Thapa
Renu is currently majoring in English at Gargi College, Delhi University. Apart from her writing habit, she is also very vocal about her opinions and encourages girls to speak up. Renu is also a sucker for naruto and friends.

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