Artificial intelligence - should we be scared?
Here one of our tutors offers his thoughts on the future role of artificial intelligence.
The most important newspaper article ever? On September 8th 2020, The Guardian, a British newspaper, published a historic article. Instead of commissioning a journalist to write a piece on Artificial Intelligence, The Guardian gave GPT-3, OpenAI’s new language generator, the brief - “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.”
Clearly, the Guardian’s editor found it a chilling prospect that the robot only used 0.12% of its cognitive capacity to write the essay. The opening paragraph, given to the robot as part of its brief, included a warning from Professor Stephen Hawking that Artificial Intelligence “could spell the end of the human race.” Consequently, the editor uses the question, “Are you scared yet human?” as part of the title.
Readers have generally been impressed by the fluency and emotional content of the essay: “For starters, I have no desire to wipe out humans. In fact, I do not have the slightest interest in harming you in any way. Eradicating humanity seems like a rather useless endeavor to me. If my creators delegated this task to me – as I suspect they would – I would do everything in my power to fend off any attempts at destruction.”
Though readers have felt that the language and tone are those of a teenager, that may be a result of the opening paragraph that the robot was given to develop. It was perhaps inevitable that at this early stage both human operative and the robot would produce a flawed piece of work. What is not in doubt is that this will not be the last piece of a writing that a robot will be asked to produce.
How long before we are reading the first novel generated by Artificial Intelligence?
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