UK - AI Writes Fake News

Arno Froese

An artificial intelligence system that generates realistic stories, poems and articles has been updated, with some claiming it is now almost as good as a human writer.

The text generator, built by research firm OpenAI, was originally considered “too dangerous” to make public because of the potential for abuse.

But now a new, more powerful version of the system—that could be used to create fake news or abusive spam on social media—has been released.

The BBC, along with some AI experts, decided to try it out.

The model, called GPT-2, was trained on a dataset of eight million web pages, and is able to adapt to the style and content of the initial text given to it.

It can finish a Shakespeare poem as well as write articles and epithets.

At the time, the firm said: “Due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology, we are not releasing the trained model. As an experiment in responsible disclosure, we are instead releasing a much smaller model for researchers to experiment with.”

OpenAI decided to expand the parameters, offering a much broader database of training data.

Tech news site The Next Web said of the update: “This one works almost good enough to use as a general artificial intelligence for text generation—almost.”

Article author Tristan Greene stated: “I’m terrified of GPT-2 because it represents the kind of technology that evil humans are going to use to manipulate the population—and in my opinion that makes it more dangerous than any gun.”, 27 August 2019

Arno's commentary

Artificial intelligence (AI)—by itself—is a term of contradiction, for this AI is the product of man’s imagination. It might be extremely dangerous in certain circumstances, as the author Tristan Greene says, “…in my opinion that makes it more dangerous than any gun.” But we must keep in mind that this artificial intelligence, no matter how far developed, lacks a spirit; thus, does not have the capability to discern between good and evil. For that reason, indeed it is extremely dangerous to rely on a product created by man.

From the Bible, we know that only man had the capacity for free will, to recognize good and evil. Why? Because he had eaten of the fruit of the forbidden tree. Genesis 3:22 documents: “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.” Verses 23-24 add: “Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

Yet God loved man; thus, He provided an escape from death; namely, eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord, as we read in John 3:36: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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