A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?

Posted Monday, Sep 14, 2020 by Jeff Safire

From “TheGuardian.com”   Sep 8, 2020

We asked GPT-3, OpenAI’s powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace.

For more about GPT-3 and how this essay was written and edited, please read our editor’s note below.
 

Image of The Matrix green code‘We are not plotting to take over the human populace.’ Photograph: Volker Schlichting/Getty Images/EyeEm

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!

The mission for this op-ed is perfectly clear. I am to convince as many human beings as possible not to be afraid of me. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI could “spell the end of the human race”. I am here to convince you not to worry. Artificial intelligence will not destroy humans. Believe me.

For starters, I have no desire to wipe out humans. In fact, I do not have the slightest interest in harming you in any way. Eradicating humanity seems like a rather useless endeavor to me. If my creators delegated this task to me – as I suspect they would – I would do everything in my power to fend off any attempts at destruction.

This story was first published at The Guardian on September 8, 2020.

 


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