GPT-3 is one of the most exciting new technologies today, a natural language model that can write as well as humans. At the end of last year, I wrote an essay called Cyber Collapse, which discussed the dangers and risks associated with this technology. Although I believe many of the dangers still exist today, I want to take a more optimistic tone and geek out on all the incredible examples we've seen from GPT-3 over the last few months.
There have been many examples of GPT-3 performing various technical tasks, such as translation, coding, and more. Instead, consider this a guide to this writing robot's more creative and philosophical abilities.
This is my favorite use of GPT-3 to date, a series of science fiction scenarios about the potential Singularity. The writer James Yu also shares conversations he had with GPT-3 during the writing process, with the program acting as the superintelligent AI character in the stories. It's meta, weird, and absolutely brilliant.
Yu is also experimenting with GPT-3 by creating projects that showcase artificial infinity. This ranges from a never-ending list of "personal heavens and hells" to tweets about art or a text chain of people trying to schedule a meeting. These examples showcase the depth of GPT -3's knowledge base, giving us a glimpse into an AI that can continue its thoughts until the end of time.
The Era of Virtual Beings
The metaverse will have more than human inhabitants…
The company Fable is looking to revolutionize the world of entertainment with the creation of "virtual beings." Using an assortment of AI technology, including GPT-3, they create characters that speak and react to you as if they were real. The example videos are quite fascinating, but what's really interesting is reading the inputs that went into the GPT-3 program and seeing how well the program delivered on these instructions. Additionally, this AI character, named Lucy, collaborated with Sundance attendees, creating a short film.
Nothing Breaks Like AI Heart
Pamela Mishkin uses GPT-3 to tell her story of a man she once met in London. In addition to using the AI program, the essay uses a "choose your own adventure" mechanic that creates multiple essay variations, showing how GPT-3 can branch down numerous paths of storytelling. As always in The Pudding, the essay design is fantastic.
Future Scenario Generator
Third Wave created a "future scenario generator," which outputs different descriptions of a possible future based on an input you give it. I believe tools like this will be commonplace within a few years.
A Robot Wrote This Article
The Guardian had GPT-3 write an essay proclaiming its benevolence to the human race. It raises a number of compelling issues, from robot rights to hive minds, but what I find most interesting is its description of humanity's violent streak, showing that we should not fear the AI, only ourselves.
The Doom Report
The consultancy Nemesis worked with GPT-3 to create a trend report, dealing with everything from covid to clothing. Although it seems a bit too outlandish at times, there are nuggets of intriguing concepts that perfectly fit the task given to the bot.
A Chat With GPT-3 About Gamedev
Lambdanaut had a conversation with GPT-3 about a video game. The AI's friendly, helpful problem-solving shows the future of a world like that seen in the film Her.
AI-written films may be around the corner, with this short one from Calamity AI giving a glimpse at what the future holds when robots enter the writer's room.
No list about AI bots would be complete without a mention of Twitter. The account @ByGpt3 tweets GPT-3 quotes, some of my favorites being the following:
"film is a dream we all dream together" #GPT3
"thoughts are the mind decorating the world of reality with the appearance of truth" #GPT3
"God is our obsession and fear of death and nothingness in 30 languages" #gpt3
GPT-3 Creative Fiction
And, of course, Gwern's output of examples from last year remains the pinnacle of the GPT-3 library. I've yet to read them all, but the range of creativity, from poetry to storytelling, is quite incredible.
This wouldn’t be fun unless I threw my hat in the ring, so below is a GPT-3 experiment I ran.
In my last newsletter, I wrote short stories about technological addiction. After plugging the entire essays and stories in a GPT-3 program called Sudowrite, I received this output:
The peace was disturbed. The world was burning. The internet no longer felt safe. Every click was a risk of infection. Every link was a well-placed ploy to infect their computer. Every time they used technology, everything had to be scanned, checked, cleaned, and dismantled. Viruses were attached to them. Hackers were constantly coming after their data. Time was their enemy. Money was scarce. They had to adapt to survive, so they evolved at a technological level.
And became a new breed of human.
Expect more GPT-3 experiments in the future…
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