A GPT-3 bot posted comments on Reddit for a week and no one noticed

Busted: A bot powered by OpenAI’s powerful GPT-3 language model has been unmasked after a week of posting comments on Reddit. Under the username /u/thegentlemetre, the bot was interacting with people on /r/AskReddit, a popular forum for general chat with 30 million users. It was posting in bursts of roughly once a minute.

Fooled ya—again: It’s not the first time GPT-3 has fooled people into thinking what it writes comes from a human. In August a college student published a blog post that hit the top spot on Hacker News and led a handful of people to subscribe. And GPT-3 has been used to compose several articles about itself, though these typically end with a human-written disclaimer. But the bot presented as a regular Redditor and published hundreds of comments before being spotted.

Detective work: The bot’s prodigious posting caught the attention of Philip Winston, who describes on his blog

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GPT-3 Bot Spends a Week Replying on Reddit

A Reddit user went on an impressive comment streak last week. The user stuck to the pages of the mega-popular AskReddit subforum, and their responses were relatively elaborate. But the length of the replies was especially unusual in that they were sometimes coming within a minute of the question first being asked. After an impressive run, the user was revealed to be a bot using OpenAI’s remarkable language model GPT-3. And now we’re looking at every “person” online with an extra level of skepticism.

The bot first gained attention when writer/entrepreneur Philip Winston posted about his journey down the comment rabbit hole on his blog on Tuesday. Winston wrote that he first noticed a now-deleted post on Reddit that expressed incredulity at the length and speed of the replies coming from a user with the handle thegentlemetre.

Not all the replies were gold. A long response to

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Elon Musk criticizes Microsoft exclusively licensing GPT-3

  • Elon Musk voiced his discontent on Twitter that OpenAI — the AI research firm he helped found — is exclusively licensing its famous natural-language software GPT-3 to Microsoft.
  • “This does seem like the opposite of open. OpenAI is essentially captured by Microsoft,” Musk tweeted.
  • GPT-3 is able to generate text that looks natural enough to appear to have been written by a human.
  • Microsoft said others would still be able to access GPT-3 via an application programming interface.
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It looks like Elon Musk is increasingly unhappy with OpenAI, the artificial-intelligence research firm he helped found five years ago.

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it was exclusively licensing GPT-3, a natural-language AI-powered tool made by OpenAI.

The announcement was met with some dismay on Twitter from users who had thought OpenAI’s mission statement was to make technologies like GPT-3 widely available. Musk, who cofounded

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‘OpenAI should be renamed ClosedAI’: Reaction to Microsoft’s exclusive license of OpenAI’s GPT-3

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (right) and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman at the Microsoft campus last year, when the companies announced their partnership and a $1 billion investment in OpenAI by Microsoft. (Photo by Scott Eklund, Red Box Pictures, for Microsoft.)

Microsoft this week gained an exclusive license to OpenAI’s GPT-3, the state-of-the-art language model garnering attention across the tech industry. Other companies will still be able to access the model through an Azure-hosted API, but only Microsoft will have access to GPT-3’s code and underlying advances. The deal follows Microsoft’s $1 billion investment last year in San Francisco-based OpenAI, which consists of the OpenAI Inc nonprofit founded four years ago and the for-profit OpenAI LP.

The implications of giving a tech giant such as Microsoft an exclusive license to GPT-3 raises questions and potential concerns. MIT Technology Review said this week that OpenAI was “supposed to benefit humanity,” and now

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