Human authors have nothing to fear—for now

A new AI language model generates poetry and proseThe Economist
But the program is not perfect. Sometimes it seems to regurgitate snippets of memorised text rather than generating fresh text from scratch. More fundamentally, statistical word-matching is not a substitute for a coherent understanding of the world. GPT-3 often generates grammatically correct text that is nonetheless unmoored from reality, claiming, for instance, that “it takes two rainbows to jump from Hawaii to 17”.

Author: Terry Madeley

Works with student data and enjoys reading about art, data, education and technology.

5 thoughts on “Human authors have nothing to fear—for now”

  1. I believe the day will come though. I mean, if something like that ever becomes reality, I guess I won’t even be mad. I’ll lose my job like the typists, draughtsmen, and tellers of years past. I guess that’s just how it goes.

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  2. Its amazing how things evolve in language. A recent favorite of my friends was inspired by Magnetic Poetry, a set of words on small refrigerator magnets. What is real fun is to place a set of Magnetic Poetry available to everyone in the household and watch how it is organized into comments; just before computer generated prose!

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