A Fake Blog Created By College Kid Using GPT-3 Made People Believe Human Wrote It

In another interesting news around GPT-3, a college kid created an entirely fake blog under a fake name using the AI model. We have extensively seen in the past how GPT-3 is the new latest obsession in the ML community. 

Liam Porr, a computer science student at the University of California, Berkeley did this as a fun experiment and said that the scariest part of it was that it is super easy. 

The blogs by Porr reached the number-one spot on Hacker News with readers engaging on the post and some even hitting ‘Subscribe’. While some people noticed that the blog was AI-generated, it highly went unnoticed. It suggested that the content produced by GPT-3 could fool people into believing that a human wrote it. 

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To create a fake blog with GPT-3, Porr submitted an application filling out a simple questionnaire about the intended use. He collaborated with a PhD student to run a script. As reported, it gave GPT-3 the headline and introduction for a blog post and had it spit out several completed versions. The post went viral with over 20,00 visitors, and only a few asked him if the text was AI-generated. 

Some of the blog topics it wrote are —  “Feeling unproductive? Maybe you should stop overthinking”, “Boldness and creativity trumps intelligence”, among others. While on a few occasions the headline did not work out, but as long as he stayed on the right topics, the process was easy.

GPT-3 has been a debated technology with even Sam Altman suggesting that GPT-3 has weaknesses and makes silly mistakes. It has been feared to replace jobs such as journalists, coders, lawyers, accountants and more in the coming future.

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Srishti Deoras
Srishti currently works as Associate Editor at Analytics India Magazine. When not covering the analytics news, editing and writing articles, she could be found reading or capturing thoughts into pictures.

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