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GPT-3 Creative Fiction


What if I told a story here, how would that story start?" Thus, the summarization prompt: "My second grader asked me what this passage means: …" When a given prompt isn't working and GPT-3 keeps pivoting into other modes of completion, that may mean that one hasn't constrained it enough by imitating a correct output, and one needs to go further; writing the first few words or sentence of the target output may be necessary.

The 2018 Survey: AI and the Future of Humans


"Please think forward to the year 2030. Analysts expect that people will become even more dependent on networked artificial intelligence (AI) in complex digital systems. Some say we will continue on the historic arc of augmenting our lives with mostly positive results as we widely implement these networked tools. Some say our increasing dependence on these AI and related systems is likely to lead to widespread difficulties. Our question: By 2030, do you think it is most likely that advancing AI and related technology systems will enhance human capacities and empower them? That is, most of the time, will most people be better off than they are today? Or is it most likely that advancing AI and related technology systems will lessen human autonomy and agency to such an extent that most people will not be better off than the way things are today? Please explain why you chose the answer you did and sketch out a vision of how the human-machine/AI collaboration will function in 2030.

Apple boss Tim Cook denies Facebook privacy scandal ties

The Independent - Tech

Apple's chief executive has denied that the company collected personal data from Facebook users through a data-sharing partnership with the social network. Tim Cook said it did not fit the tech giant's way of operating. Partnerships between Facebook and around 60 device manufacturers over the past 10 years gave Apple and other companies "deep access" to user data The New York Times recently reported. Facebook said the partnerships were "built on a common interest", adding that they were necessary to spread adoption of its social network before app stores were commonplace. Mr Cook insisted his company never requested data from Facebook because it did not fit with Apple's way of operating in an interview with NPR during Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC).

Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook after scathing investigation on misconduct and media leaks

The Independent - Tech

Mark Zuckerberg fiercely defended Facebook in a question-and-answer session with employees on Friday afternoon, pushing back against criticism of the company in the wake of a New York Times investigation into how it reacted to Russian influence operations. In an hour-long video-conference broadcast to Facebook offices around the world, Mr Zuckerberg responded to questions from employees on a range of topics, from Facebook's behaviour over the past 18 months to how it should handle leaks to the media, according to three people familiar with the discussion but not willing to discuss it publicly because it was a private meeting. The idea that Facebook tried to "cover up anything" was wrong, an impassioned Mr Zuckerberg said, using an expletive in his response, according to these people. Some employees responded with muted applause and cheers. The session came at a fraught time for the social network, as executives mobilised to deal with a torrent of criticism of the company.