These Conversations With the GPT-3 Chatbot Are Witty, Wise, and Dangerously Dark
GPT-3 might sound like the name of an Android from Star Wars, but it’s really a neural network–powered language model — a computer program that, in layman’s terms, takes a load of text and then “speaks” by guessing what the next word is most likely to be.
OpenAI, the nonprofit behind the system, says it built GPT-3 as part of its goal to create a “friendly A.I.” that “benefits humanity” as a whole (as opposed to a Terminator-style unfriendly A.I. that… well, doesn’t.)
Generative Pretrained Transformer 3 (GPT-3) is an obscure-sounding mouthful that largely manifests itself as a sort of chatbot. You send it messages. It replies. And it’s actually good. Take, for example, this “conversation” between Kevin Lacker, CTO of Parse, and GPT-3:
Human: What is your favorite animal?
GPT-3: My favorite animal is a dog.
GPT-3: Because dogs are loyal and friendly.
Human: What are two reasons that a dog might be in a bad mood?
GPT-3: Two reasons that a dog might be in a bad mood are if it is hungry or if it is hot.
Its phrasing is a little stiff and slightly overly formal, as if it’s on best behavior. It’s like GPT-3 understands what it’s asked and figures out a reply. It seems like a person.
I asked Siri the same question, and although it too said dogs were its favorite animal, when I asked why, Siri said, “Each dog’s nose print is unique, just like a human fingerprint.” While true, this doesn’t make a huge lot of sense. Would Siri love hamsters if their nose prints weren’t all so boringly similar?
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