How to edit writing by a robot: a step-by-step guide

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This summer, OpenAI, a San Francisco-based artificial intelligence company co-founded by Elon Musk, debuted GPT-3, a powerful new language generator that can produce human-like text. According to Wired, the power of the program, trained on billions of bytes of data including e-books, news articles and Wikipedia (the latter making up just 3% of the training data it used), was producing “chills across Silicon Valley.” Soon after its release, researchers were using it to write fiction, suggest medical treatment, predict the rest of 2020, answer philosophical questions and much more.When we asked GPT-3 to write an op-ed convincing us we have nothing to fear from AI, we had two goals in mind.First, we wanted to determine whether GPT-3 could produce a draft op-ed which could be published after minimal editing. Second, we wanted to know what kinds of arguments GPT-3 would deploy in attempting to convince humans that robots come in peace.Here’s how we went about it:Step 1: Ask a computer scientist for helpLiam Porr, a computer science student at Berkeley, has published articles written by GPT-3 in the past, so was well-placed to serve as our robot-whisperer.Step 2: Commission the pieceTypically when we commission a human writer, we …

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