How to Control AI that Becomes Too Advanced?


Artificial Intelligence is rapidly becoming more advanced. One of the organisations working on AI is OpenAI; the not-for-profit artificial intelligence research organisation co-founded by Elon Musk. Last week, they produced a paper demonstrating the progress they have made on predictive text software.

The AI that they developed, called GPT2, is so efficient in writing a text based on just a few lines of input, that OpenAI decided not to release the comprehensive research to the public. Out of fear of misuse of the tool. Already, GPT2 has been described as the text version of deep fakes. Should we now be scared? Not yet. Should we be cautious? Definitely.

A journalist from The Guardian got access to the system and was allowed to play with it. As Hannah Jane Parkinson described, the AI system developed is “so good it had me quaking in my trainers when it was fed an article of mine and wrote an extension of it that was a perfect act of journalistic ventriloquism”.

The Problem of AI-Assisted Text writing?

AI such as GPT2 is only the beginning. When AI-assisted fake porn arrived at the end of 2017, we could have known that an AI-assisted fake text would not be far away. GTP2 was trained on a dataset of 8 million web pages. With approximately 1.8 billion websites available, this is a relatively small training set. Despite that, the system has become capable of producing reasonable samples for 50% of the time.

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By Dr Mark van Rijmenam

Keywords: AI, Digital Transformation

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