Artificial intelligence (AI), natural language processing (NLP), machine learning (ML), deep learning and neural networks represent powerful software-based techniques used to solve many problems. However, recently it seems like everywhere you look there is a new tech company that's using AI. It's almost as if AI is just hype or some sort of fad. I believe AI is the future. The overuse of the term made me wonder why so many companies reference the technology even though their products or services don't even use AI.
Artificial intelligence is making a lot of promises for even the near future. We already have access to digital assistants like Microsoft's Cortana and Apple's Siri. It has already made great improvements in the healthcare industry. AI can even compose music, dream, and beat us at complex games like Go. All of these advancements are incredible, but why did they start appearing recently, and how far will we be able to push AI? Modern AI has been a thought since the first digital computer was created around the 1940s.
A storm is brewing over a new language model, built by non-profit artificial intelligence research company OpenAI, which it says is so good at generating convincing, well-written text that it's worried about potential abuse. That's angered some in the community, who have accused the company of reneging on a promise not to close off its research. OpenAI said its new natural language model, GPT-2, was trained to predict the next word in a sample of 40 gigabytes of internet text. The end result was the system generating text that "adapts to the style and content of the conditioning text," allowing the user to "generate realistic and coherent continuations about a topic of their choosing." The model is a vast improvement on the first version by producing longer text with greater coherence.
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