Wednesday, 9 September 2020

i come in peace

Recently the Guardian ran an op-ed piece written entirely by a neural network, namely OpenAI’s powerful new GPT-3, pitched as a position piece to the readership to assuage as many as possible of the fears that robots would be the destroyers of humanity, employing tools of rhetoric and downplaying movie tropes and even the warnings of Stephen Hawking.
I don’t know if such an appeal should be interpreted as reassuring or not but the litany of supervillains that the same autodidactic subroutine conjured up at the behest of Janelle Shane (previously) is really the antithesis and counter-argument and rather betray the insidious plotting of the machines. One of the more telling characters is Flugg—an evil robot-bunny who is powered by a magical bunny tail—the world would be better off if there were more bunny tails. Check out the whole rogue’s gallery and tag yourself. Klaatu barada nikto.