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. But on Tuesday, OpenAI published a blog post announcing its decision to release the algorithm in full as it has "seen no strong evidence of misuse so far." 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.
OpenAI, the nonprofit artificial intelligence research company established last year with backing from several Silicon Valley figures, today announced its first product: a proving ground for algorithms for reinforcement learning, which involves training machines to do things based on trial and error. OpenAI is releasing tools you can run locally to test out algorithms in various "environments" -- including Atari games like Air Raid, Breakout, and Ms. Pacman -- and a Web service for sharing test results. The system automatically scores evaluations and also seeks to have results reviewed and reproduced by other people. "We originally built OpenAI Gym as a tool to accelerate our own RL research. We hope it will be just as useful for the broader community," OpenAI's Greg Brockman and John Schulman wrote in a blog post.
Open AI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company backed by Elon Musk, launched a toolkit for developing and comparing reinforcement learning algorithms. OpenAI Gym is a suite of environments that include simulated robotic tasks and Atari games as well as a website for people to post their results and share code. OpenAI researcher John Schulman shared some details about his organization, why reinforcement learning is important and how the OpenAI Gym will make it easier for AI researchers to design, iterate and improve their next generation applications.
By the sixteenth hour locked in a small room, the humans had devolved into mumbling coffee pots while the AI trundled on, unrelenting. Both came up with some pretty good lines, some of the more appropriate (if that's possible) including: "Losing a loved one to Fox News" and "Sitting on my son's bed thinking, 'I could kill him'" and "The whole Jeffrey Epstein thing" and "Some sort of giant son of a b*tch whole lives in the internet" and "Proving I am not a robot." The AI and the humans both sounded authentically Cards Against Humanity, and if their cards were intermixed it would be hard to tell them apart, but there were a few patterns. One, bizarrely, the AI's jokes were much dirtier – make of that what you will. The humans' jokes involved recent-ish memes like "Sure, sex is great, but have you tried __?" and political themes.
Recycling is NOT good for the world. It is bad for the environment, it is bad for our health, and it is bad for our economy. These are the words of GPT-2, an artificially intelligent super-troll. It needs just a few words to prompt a rant hundreds of words long on almost any topic and its creators say it may be too dangerous to release to the public because of potential misuse. However, these fears are overblown.