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How AI is Learning to Play with Words

14 September 2019

From ReadWrite:

Imagine you go to a bookstore, and you notice and exciting cover. You pick the book, read the summary at the back, and the rave reviews. The plot seems intriguing enough, but when you check for the writer, it says “ by AI-something.” Would you buy the book, or would you think that was a waste of money? We will have those decisions moving into the future, and who will be responsible for such writings? But, that shows how AI is learning to play with words.

You may as well decide now if you will purchase content written by AI. That’s what the future will bring — AI is learning to play with words.

All of us have gotten used to chatbots and their limited capacity, but it appears their boundaries will be surpassed. Dario Amodei, OpenAI’s research director, informs us they have created a language modeling program which is very imaginative, to say the least. Its latest achievement was creating counterarguments and discussions with the researchers.

The program was fed a variety of articles, blogs, websites, and other content from the internet. Surprisingly, it managed to produce an essay worthy of any reputable writing service, and on a particularly challenging topic, by the way (Why Recycling Is Bad for the World).

Did the researchers do anything to help the program by providing specific, additional input? Certainly not. GPT-2, OpenAI’s new algorithm, did everything on its own. It excelled in different tests, such as storytelling, and predicting the next line in a sentence. Admittedly, it’s still far from inventing an utterly gripping story from beginning to the end as it tends to stray off topic — but it has great potential.

What sets GPT-2 apart from other similar AI programs is its versatility. Typically, such programs are skilled only for certain areas and can complete only specific tasks. However, this AI language model uses its input and successfully deals with a variety of topics.

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3 Comments to “How AI is Learning to Play with Words”

  1. Imagine you go to a bookstore, and you notice and exciting cover. You pick the book, read the summary at the back, and the rave reviews.

    Why go to a book store? Just open the laptop and type, “Thriller, female lead, ebola, corporation, China, French bad guy.”

    The program writes a book just for you. Want an elderly, black, female lead? OK. Just enter it.

    • I thought they already had that; some infamous author makes up the bare-bones idea and then his ghostwriters write it for him to take credit for. 😉

  2. ‘… created a language modeling program…’ … dear Dario, this is NOT the definition of AI, this is the definition of a computer program.

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