OpenAI is a company that has recently made significant advancements in terms of AI text generation. The company’s language modeling program wrote an extremely convincing essay on a controversial topic, demonstrating how machines are growing more and more capable of communicating in ways that we had never imagined to be possible. After being trained by readings huge amounts of articles, blogs, and websites, the algorithm has been learning to predict text, translate between languages, and respond to questions.
As algorithms such as these become more advanced, it comes with some underlying risks. There is the possibility that the machine will generate text that is generally considered to be inappropriate/wrong and could have a negative influence or be abused to spread false messages around the internet. With the ability to produce text that appears to be sophisticated and convincing, machines could potentially cause significant damage in the online world and will continue to blur the lines between genuine, candid conversation and nonsensical, made up information. As the machines continue to learn and become smarter, I will be curious to see how the presence of these sorts of “bots” will affect conversations on social networks and within the media.