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2020 provided a glimpse of just how much AI is beginning to penetrate everyday life. It seems likely that in the next few years we’ll regularly (and unknowingly) see AI-generated text in our social media feeds, advertisements, and news outlets. The implications of AI being used in the real world raise important questions about the ethical use of AI as well.
So as we look forward to 2021, it is worth taking a moment to look back at the biggest stories in AI over the past year.
GPT-3: AI Generated Text
Perhaps the biggest splash of 2020 was made by OpenAI’s GPT-3 model. GPT-3 (Generative Pretrained Transformer 3) is an AI capable of understanding and generating text. The abilities of this AI are impressive — early users have coaxed the AI to answer trivia questions, create fiction and poetry, and generate simple webpages from written instructions. Perhaps most impressively, humans cannot distinguish between articles written by GPT-3 and those written by humans.
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Christopher Thissen is a data scientist at Vectra AI. At Vectra Chris harnesses the power of machine learning to detect malicious cyber behaviors. Before joining Vectra, Chris led several DARPA-funded machine learning research projects at Boston Fusion Corporation. Prior to Boston Fusion, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C. Chris holds a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and a Ph.D. from Yale University.