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OPLIN 4Cast #634: Has artificial intelligence gotten *too* good?

Posted in 4cast, and AI

Have you ever played along with one of those posts on Facebook where you type in a few suggested words then use your phone’s suggestion feature to complete the sentence? The results can be nonsensical, surreal, mundane, and/or hilarious. Last week, the non-profit artificial intelligence research company OpenAI announced that they had built a neural network language model, GPT-2, that is so good at this game that OpenAI felt it would be irresponsible of them to make it available to others. About 50% of the time, GPT-2 can generate text that mimics the style and content of its input sample, as well as successfully automate question-answering, summarization, translation, and other language-based tasks.

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