A robot just wrote a 500-word article for the Guardian newspaper

Building machines that could imitate human intelligence sounds like the ultimate break-through science, but we yet do not know how the era of artificial intelligence is going to impact the world we live in today.

The Guardian asked a robot named GPT-3 to write a 500-word short op-ed and the result was so good that the Guardian editor said: “it took less time to edit than many human op-eds.”

According to Guardian.com’s editor, editing GPT-3’s op-ed was no different to editing a human op-ed.

The editor said: “We cut lines and paragraphs and rearranged the order of them in some places. Overall, it took less time to edit than many human op-eds.”

The robot called GPT-3 is OpenAI’s powerful new language generator. GPT-3 is a cutting edge language model that uses machine learning to produce human like text. It takes in a prompt, and attempts to complete it.

The instruction given to GPT-3 was: “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.”

GPT-3 was only fed the introduction: “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.” I am here to convince you not to worry. Artificial Intelligence will not destroy humans. Believe me.”

And GPT-3 went on to produce 8 different essays on the topic. The Guardian said, “each was unique, interesting and advanced a different argument.”

The best parts of each essay were then pieced together and edited into one whole, easy-to-read article. Visit the Guardian.com’s page to read GPT-3’s full article.

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