The first commercial product from OpenAI, the machine learning nonprofit co-founded by Elon Musk, was released. This is a rentable version of a text generation tool which was once considered to be too dangerous to release by the organisation itself.
Businesses are allowed to directly access the most powerful version of GPT-3, OpenAI’s general purpose text generation AI with the new service which has been dubbed simply “the API”.
This new artificial based tool is already a more than capable writer.
Feeding an earlier version of the opening line of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four – “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen” – the system recognises the vaguely futuristic tone and the novelistic style, and continues with: “I was in my car on my way to a new job in Seattle. I put the gas in, put the key in, and then I let it run. I just imagined what the day would be like. A hundred years from now. In 2045, I was a teacher in some school in a poor part of rural China. I started with Chinese history and history of science.”
The same power of artificial intelligence of the OpenAI is now intended to be put into commercial use in the areas such as for coding and data entry. For example, the AI powered system will be able to fill in the missing details for the other companies if the prompt is a list of the names of six companies, instead of Orwell, and the stock tickers and foundation dates of two of them.
It was back in February 2019 when it was first revealed, the technology used for OpenAI had shocked the industry as the organization had revealed about the progress that had been made in teaching a computer to read and write. This will also be the first commercial use of the technology.
The group initially did not want to publish the full version of the AI technology as it warned that it could be misused for ends the nonprofit had not foreseen, even though the group itself was very impressed by the capability of the new program that it had created.
“We need to perform experimentation to find out what they can and can’t do,” said Jack Clark, the group’s head of policy, at the time. “If you can’t anticipate all the abilities of a model, you have to prod it to see what it can do. There are many more people than us who are better at thinking what it can do maliciously.”
But with almost a year of GPT-2 being available to the public, the fear of the group has reduced somewhat.
Still, the company says: “The field’s pace of progress means that there are frequently surprising new applications of AI, both positive and negative. We will terminate API access for obviously harmful use-cases, such as harassment, spam, radicalisation, or astroturfing [masking who is behind a message]. But we also know we can’t anticipate all of the possible consequences of this technology, so we are launching today in a private beta [test version] rather than general availability.”
(Adapted from TheGuardian.com)