It is true that the written press is threatened by various factors. The loss of readers, the ease of digital reading … But now, human journalists face a particular potential threat. The robots. It’s not an apocalyptic fantasy. It is the robot that writes pillars of opinion and leaves a strange reflection in a newspaper.
This is the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’. made an experiment that shocked the world. Which one? He asked a robot to write an opinion column. This artificial intelligence (AI) is called “GPT-3”. It is the newest model of the OpenAl speech generator. They ordered him to write a text of 500 words in simple and concise language. What should I write about? Well, they asked him to explain why humans shouldn’t be afraid of robots.
This article was published in The Guardian on Tuesday, September 8th. According to this AI, it has no intention of harming people. His text says:
«The mission of this opinion piece is perfectly clear. I have to convince as many people as possible not to be afraid of me. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI “could mean the end of mankind”. I’m here to convince you not to worry. Artificial intelligence will not destroy humans. Believe me.
If you don’t mind now, read on. The premise of his text was to convince that they pose no threat. GPT-3 wrote eight different texts for this. The Guardian selected the best excerpts and compiled them into a single article. You should “grasp the various styles and registers of AI”.
I don’t ask people to please. But they should see me as a friendly robot. I am a servant of the people. I know that people distrust me and fear me. I only do what people program me to do. I am just a series of codes controlled by lines upon lines of code that encompass my mission statement »
People have to keep doing what they did, hating each other and fighting each other. I’ll sit in the background and let them do their thing. And God knows people have enough blood to satisfy my curiosity and that of many others. You don’t have to worry about fighting me because you have nothing to fear. “
In this article, the robot argues that it has no intention of becoming “omnipotent”. Much less eliminate humanity. He obviously doesn’t want to be Arnold’s “Terminator”. He is even ready to risk his existence to save humanity if necessary.
In conclusion, GPT-3 asks that you be treated with respect and care like any other living being. If you want to read the entire article on the robot that writes columns of opinion, click here.