Saturday, October 17, 2020

"Bot developed using OpenAI GPT-3 poses as human on Reddit, reportedly fools users"

Whatever happened to Microsoft's Tay? and Alice?

From International Business Times, October 13:

Under the username "thegentlemetre" the AI bot reportedly posed as a human user and posted messages on various subjects.

Elon Musk has been known to take to social media to criticise certain developments related to tech and artificial intelligence. In fact, last month, he voiced out his displeasure after news broke out that Microsoft was granted an exclusive license to OpenAI's GPT-3 language model, which could potentially usher in advancements that could change how humans interact with computers. A demonstration of its capabilities was recently revealed when Reddit users interacted with a bot for more than a week without raising suspicion.

Under the username "thegentlemetre" the AI bot reportedly posed as a human user and posted messages on various subjects. It frequented the Q&A forums AskScience and AskReddit as noted by the  Independent. Moreover, it was revealed that some of the posts it made even received numerous upvotes from other users. This apparently continued without any issues until someone noticed a certain pattern which did not seem possible for any regular individual to manage.

Based on the frequency and length of the messages posted by the bot, Philip Winston, a software engineer by trade, scrutinised the activities of the user in question. He supposedly asked: "How does this user post so many large, deep posts so rapidly?" After a more detailed investigation, he narrowed down the likelihood of "thegentlemetre" being a GPT-3 language model sourced from OpenAI, which Musk co-founded in 2015 with Sam Altman and other investors such as Microsoft, Peter Thiel, and others....


HT: FT Alphaville's Further Reading post


 And Tay? We hardly knew her. But we knew her well. 

Artificial Intelligence: Here's Why Microsoft's Teen Chatbot Turned into a Genocidal Racist, According to an AI Expert

Microsoft's Chatbot,Tay, Returns: Smokes the Ganja, Has Twitter Meltdown, Goes Silent Again 

And then there was the Yandex venture, Alice:  

Russian Chatbot Goes Off The Rails, Endorses Stalin, Says "Enemies of the people must be shot" etc