Will The Next Shakespeare Be a Robot?

A new A.I. text generator has ability to write convincing prose. Can an algorithm imitate one of the most complex of human abilities?

They quickly realized their breakthrough invention could become an evil powerful propaganda machine used by political malicious actors.

Originally, the researchers aimed to create a general-purpose language text algorithm capable of translating, summarizing text, improving chatbots’ conversational skills, and comprehending readings. Amateur writers and the like could benefit from such a program whose main premise is to free users from writer’s block.

“What all of us have to do is to make sure we are using AI in a way that is for the benefit of humanity, not to the detriment of humanity.” — Tim Cook

In a paper entitled “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, and Mitigation,” authored by the University of Oxford, the Center for a New American Security, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and others conjointly acknowledged the potential dual-use of AI.

“Governments should consider expanding or commencing initiatives to more systematically monitor the societal impact and diffusion of AI technologies, and to measure the progression in the capabilities of such systems. If pursued, these efforts could yield a better evidence base for decisions by AI labs and governments regarding publication decisions and AI policy more broadly.” — OpenAI’s Team

One particular solution to this issue could be cross-pollination across disciplines. This means supplying engineers with a better understanding of the liberal arts and social scientists with a wider grasp of technical skills. All bound up together, diverse actors could help restructure not only the whole educational system, but also the creation of more ethical products and platforms.

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