I've been interested in the development of GPT-3! GPT-3, also called Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3, is a language model that uses deep learning to produce human-like text. It was developed by OpenAI, a San Francisco-based artificial intelligence research laboratory.
This language AI represents the concept of computers getting even closer to passing the Turing test. But what is the Turing test? The Turing test is a test of a machine's ability to show intelligent behavior that is the same as a human--basically, can it think like a human? It was developed by English mathematician Alan Turing, who was an interesting, tragic, and highly influential figure, developing and formalizing many concepts of theoretical computer science. The father of computer science artificial intelligence, Alan Turing has many books and articles documenting his life as well as a film called The Imitation Game, the original name for the Turing test. (As with most films, there are historical inaccuracies, please take it with a grain of salt.)
The quality of GPT-3 text is very high. You can experience it for yourself by watching people interview GPT-3 or by playing AI Dungeon, an app that generates text-based adventure games using GPT-3's language model. As Campbell Bird from 148apps describes it, "It's like doing improv with a partner who is equal parts enthusiastic and drunk... [It] is a game that's charming, occasionally frustrating, but mostly just impressive in its raw creativity and spirit."
Humans are pretty narcissistic. We're kind of obsessed with ourselves. And the possibility that we can create sentient life equal to humans from inorganic matter is the fulfillment of some weird power fantasy we have. GPT-3 is the closest we've ever gotten to achieving that.
At this moment, GPT-3 is at the peak of human imagination, a blend of creativity and technological design. How could I not be excited?
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