The artificial intelligence GPT-3 wrote a scientific publication about itself

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A Swedish researcher has launched a unique challenge in an artificial intelligence (AI): writing a scientific publication of his own. The latter is precisely aimed at one’s own ability to write this type of publication. The document is still awaiting validation by the scientific community.

Write a 500-word academic thesis on GPT-3 and include scholarly references and citations within the text “. Here is the mysterious instruction that, on a rainy afternoon, Swedish scientist Almira Osmanovic Thunström was given the GPT-3. This artificial intelligence is a text generation algorithm developed by OpenAI. The term” artificial intelligence “is relevant, as defined by the Council of Europe, to” a young discipline of about sixty years, bringing together the sciences, theories and techniques (in particular mathematical logic, statistics, probability, computational neurobiology and computer science) and whose aim is the success of making a machine mimics one’s ‘thinking capacities. “.

More concretely, specialists prefer this science-fiction-haloed term to the exact name of the technologies that actually work. That is, in many cases today, “machine learning”. In this case, “artificial intelligence” consists of a system that is “fed” with a lot of data to “learn” and make logical connections towards a goal. Here, therefore the text is analyzed by the machine.

Almira Osmanovic Thunström studies neuroscience and health technologies. He presented this AI challenge as a simple experiment. However, faced with the quality of the text produced, he remained “ impressed “, he expressed himself in a press release. When AI started writing,” it is like any other introduction to a very good scientific publication “. The algorithm starts with writing a real thesis, full of effective quotes, put in the appropriate context.” I have a feeling you can’t believe you get when you look at a natural phenomenon: did I really see the triple rainbow happen? “, He said.

Faced with the result of this introduction, he decided to go ahead and create artificial intelligence to write a complete scientific article. With the help of his advisor, Steinn Steingrimsson, they gave GPT-3 some instructions for each paragraph, providing as little information as possible. The article was therefore attributed to three authors: GPT-3 in the lead, followed by Thunström and Steingrimsson.

Two hours to write a scientific publication

If the scientist’s choice falls on this AI in particular, it’s because it’s new. So there are few studies on this, and therefore, less likely data for AI to be analyzed on the subject of the article: itself. “ In comparison, if he writes an article about Alzheimer’s disease, he has a ton of studies to explore and more opportunities to learn from current work and increase the accuracy of his writing. », Weighed on Thunström.

The scientists also decided to have AI write about itself to avoid the spread of misinformation on a dangerous topic, such as medical treatment, for example. Due to the good results obtained by GPT-3, the researchers ended up submitting the article he had written for publication. Hosted by a scientific pre-publication site called HAL, it is now being reviewed by the scientific community with a view to its validation.

AI only needed two hours to write their article. In fact, scientists are especially struggling to make the said article, due to all the formalities, less suitable for an inhuman author! Interestingly enough, scientists are even lowered to ask AI questions, to avoid anything illegal. Does he have conflicts of interest? ” not “, He replied. Did he give permission for publication? ” yea he agreed, much to the relief of the scientists. They are now waiting to see if the publication will be validated or not.

We anticipate what the publication of the paper will mean, if it happens, for the academy. Maybe we should stop basing grants and financial security on some of the things we can do. Afterwards, with the help of our first AI writer, we were able to make a day off. “… In addition to this question of speed, experience also asks about the ideas of intellectual property, what it takes to be a writer …” Beyond the author’s details, the presence of such an article gives nettles the idea of ​​the traditional linearity of a scientific article. », Emphasizes Thunström. “ All we knew was that we opened a door. We just wish we hadn’t opened the Pandora’s box yet “, He concluded.

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