Be prepared to run across real "fake News" while reading articles online. Technology engineers have purposely created an AI bot that generates stories based on the words around a topic. This is Orwellian in nature. Learn the art of critical thinking and the concept of reality.
The spread of fake news is already a very real problem. Artificial intelligence could make the problem even worse.
That prospect is so frightening that an Elon Musk-backed non-profit called OpenAI has decided not to publicly circulate AI-based text generation technology that enables researchers to spin an all-too-convincing--and yes, fabricated--machine-written article.
“Due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology, we are not releasing the trained model,” OpenAI blogged.
Such concerns go beyond just generating misleading news articles. OpenAI worries about deception, bias and large-scale abuse.
For instance, malicious people might exploit the technology to impersonate others online, automate the production of faked social media content, and automate the production of spam or phishing attacks.
Musk himself has been outspoken about AI's risks to human civilization.
The OpenAI technology, known as GPT-2, is designed to predict the next word given all the previous words it is shown within some text. The language-based model has been trained on a dataset of 8 million web pages.
The model is described as “chameleon-like — it adapts to the style and content of the conditioning text. This allows the user to generate realistic and coherent continuations about a topic of their choosing.”
The company says it will release a smaller version of GPT-2 , giving the AI community time to discuss the societal impact of such systems.
As general rule, though, OpenAI cautions the public to be more skeptical of the text they find online.
The debate about AI continued online. While some voiced concerns, others highlighted the potential. OpenAI's article "The article highlights the fears but imagine all the good!!!" tweeted Thomas Anglero, innovation director at IBM Norway.