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When AI Writes: What is GPT-3? And What it means for Artificial Intelligence?
Megan Apa
August 11, 2022
Megan Apa
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When AI Writes: What is GPT-3? And What it means for Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence has come a long way since AI-generated memes graced the internet (and honestly, that was revolutionary).

The newest development in AI is called GPT-3, and it has been brought to us by tech genius Elon Musk, and his research business OpenAI. It stands for Generated Pre-trained Transformer 3. It follows two equally impressive versions of the software, but this latest advancement is being called the most important step forward in years. GPT-3 allows us to create content with a language structure. *The ears of copywriters perk up around the world*

GPT-3 accesses text information available online (about 570GB of it) to train its algorithm to generate text in a way that emulates our unique communication style. And all the content it creates is 100% original. In many circles, GPT-3 has been hailed as the largest artificial neural network to date.

It can turn your little bits of information into blog posts, poems, articles, essays, social media captions, computer code, and yes, memes. Anything that has a language structure can be created by GPT-3.

The algorithm is trained to take the prompt you provide and predict the most useful language to come after it. The key to all of this is the “training” aspect of the technology, which comes from OpenAI’s extensive compute time and resources put towards training GPT-3 to understand language. This language training includes sentence structure, semantic analytics, and context. Think of OpenAI as the teacher, and GPT-3 as the scholarship winning, first in its class.

The student, GPT-3, eventually starts to learn what the correct responses are by using the training texts to assess the probability of its responses usefulness to the user. While being trained, GPT-3 will see the sentences, then take them apart and rebuild them until it gets it right. Sometimes, GPT-3 will get answers wrong. But after a process of elimination, GPT-3 will eventually find the correct answer and remember the best pathway to get there. This development in AI learning is what gives GPT-3 its reputation as the largest artificial neural network.

At this time, the code for GPT-3 isn’t available to the public, but as of June 2020, it has become available to developers through an OpenAI Application Programming Interface. The average person may not have the money or the computing power to access a program like GPT-3, and OpenAI has yet to reveal the exact details of the system’s inner workings. That being said, new companies have been making use of GPT-3 technology to make life a little easier for content creators and business owners around the world. While we may not yet be in the era of flying cars and robot best friends, we’re closer than we’ve ever been.

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