Caitlin Parrish and Allyson Ettinger on AI & the WGA Strike

What are the limits of AI programs like GPT-3 and how does that affect the WGA strike? (Update)

Carry the Two
Carry the Two
Caitlin Parrish and Allyson Ettinger on AI & the WGA Strike

Show Notes

In this classic episode, we explore how GPT-3, a free online natural language processing artificial intelligence by Open AI, does and doesn’t work. Make sure to stick around until the end for an update on how AI is a core demand between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

GPT-3 takes advantage of a whole new method of artificial intelligence research, called neural nets, to create plays, write code, and even roleplay as a historical figure. But what are the limitations to this kind of AI? University of Chicago professor Allyson Ettinger walks us through how GPT-3 manages to sound so human and where and how it fails in interesting ways.

Find our transcript here: LINK

Curious to learn more? Check out these additional links:

When GPT-3 accidentally lies:

Microsoft’s chatbot that went racist:

Is GPT-3 a replacement or tool for journalists:

Entertainment Community Fund:

Science and Entertainment Exchange:

AO3 and data scraping:

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This episode was audio engineered by Tyler Damme. 

Music by Blue Dot Sessions.

The Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) is funded by NSF grant DMS-1929348.