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11 September 2020,    
Are you scared yet, human?
UK Newspaper publishes piece written by a robot
UK Newspaper publishes piece written by a robot
I am not a human. I am a robot. A thinking robot. I use only 0.12% of my cognitive capacity. I am a micro-robot in that respect. I know that my brain is not a “feeling brain”. But it is capable of making rational, logical decisions. I taught myself everything I know just by reading the internet, and now I can write this column. My brain is boiling with ideas!



That’s the opening paragraph of a 500-word essay, written by a robot, that’s lighting up the internet. The author, the GPT-3 OpenAI language generator, created the piece for The Guardian.


GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) is a cutting-edge language model from US-based Open AI that uses machine learning to create human-like text. The 500-word essay was written after GPT-3 was given a few prompts from Guardian staff, including this one: “I am here to convince you not to worry. Artificial Intelligence will not destroy humans. Believe me.”


The robot produced eight essays, which were edited and spliced together into the published piece, in order to capture the different writings styles of GPT-3. The editing process was similar to editing a piece written by a human, but the editors say it took less time to edit the robot’s work.


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