New AI model generates fake news

Alyssa Bunde
Staff Writer

OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research company, has created an AI model called GPT-2, that can generate fake news. This model is a large transformer-based language model with 1.5 billion parameter and is trained on a dataset of eight million web pages. 

GPT-2 is a proficient and OpenAI discusses its capabilities. They state the model can generate coherent paragraphs of text, achieve state-of-the-art performance on many language modeling benchmarks, perform rudimentary reading comprehension, question answering and summarization.

OpenAI claims the model is, “chameleon-like—it adapts to the style and content of the conditioning text.” The company continued stating, “this allows the user to generate realistic and coherent continuations about a topic of their choosing.”

Minnesota State University, Mankato, student Morgan Stelzer shared her thoughts on the advancing AI technologies, “I am impressed with how fast the AI systems are improving, but at the same time I don’t want them to get too good at doing human jobs.”

MNSU construction management student Will Runyan expressed positive feelings for the growing technology in regard to his field of study. Runyan stated, “The technology is a great avenue for decreased labor cost and an increase in quality and repetition with an experienced and qualified technician.”

While the GPT-2 model is impressive and has great potential, the company fears for malicious applications of the technology.  Therefore, OpenAI stated they will only release a smaller model for researchers to experiment with, as well as a technical paper. 

For further information on the GPT-2 model visit https://openai.com/blog/better-language-models/ 

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