Is AI finally closing in on human intelligence?

GPT-3 has been hailed as an artificial intelligence breakthrough. A look at its capabilities and limitations.

Mr Sam Altman, chief executive of OpenAI, a San Francisco-based research company which, in May, unveiled GPT-3 – a new language- generation model that has caused a sensation in the artificial intelligence world. GPT-3 processes about 45 billion times the number of words a human perceives in his lifetime. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

(FINANCIAL TIMES) - It can churn out e-mails, computer code, Internet ads, plot lines for video games, guitar riffs and suggestions for Halloween costumes. It can write disarmingly plausible poems in the spirit of Emily Dickinson, prose in the style of Ernest Hemingway and even, if so instructed, an imaginary conversation between Dickinson and Hemingway.

The possibilities seem almost endless. So when I had the opportunity to interact with GPT-3, a new language-generation model that has caused a sensation in the artificial intelligence (AI) world over the past few months, I enlisted its help in drafting myself a new biography, infused with the spirit of hero Luke Skywalker.

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