The startup may have overstated the threat.
Here You Go
In February, artificial intelligence research startup OpenAI announced the creation of GPT-2, an algorithm capable of writing impressively coherent paragraphs of text.
But rather than release the AI in its entirety, the team shared only a smaller model out of fear that people would use the more robust tool maliciously — to produce fake news articles or spam, for example.
Still Not Perfect
According to OpenAI's post, the company did see some "discussion" regarding the potential use of GPT-2 for spam and phishing, but it never actually saw evidence of anyone misusing the released versions of the algorithm.
The problem might be that, while GPT-2 is one of — if not the — best text-generating AIs in existence, it still can't produce content that's indistinguishable from text written by a human. And OpenAI warns it's those algorithms we'll have to watch out for.
"We think synthetic text generators have a higher chance of being misused if their outputs become more reliable and coherent," the startup wrote.
READ MORE: OpenAI has published the text-generating AI it said was too dangerous to share [The Verge]
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