A fake blog written by AI shot to the top of Hacker News after people thought it was real — here's how a college student made it
- A college student made a fake blog post using an
AItext generator and it was upvoted to the top of Hacker Newsby people who thought it was real.
- University of California, Berkeley student Liam Porr created several blog posts using
OpenAI's GPT-3text generator. Several people subscribed to his account, believing he wrote the posts himself.
- Porr told MIT Technology Review that he guided the AI to write articles about productivity and self-help because "it's not very good at being logical."
- The episode demonstrates the strength of GPT-3, which can appear convincingly human under some circumstances.
Last month, a blog post appeared on Hacker News offering advice for more effective work: "Feeling unproductive? Maybe you should stop overthinking."
The post was upvoted nearly 200 times and garnered 71 responses from Hacker News' tech- and VC-focused commenters. What most commenters didn't realize: The post was generated entirely by
The blog posts gained traction on Hacker News and other forums, and Porr's robot blogger even gained some subscribers, Porr said in a blog post explaining his methodology.The episode demonstrates the strength of GPT-3, which has shown itself to appear convincingly human under some circumstances.
OpenAI has made GPT-3 available to a few developers via a private beta as of last month. It's one of the most powerful language-generating tools ever developed, and has been heralded for its ability to produce text reflecting a wide range of styles and topics. OpenAI plans to sell the product later this year as a subscription-based cloud AI tool.After more than two weeks of near-daily posts, only a handful of people had voices suspicions that the posts were written by GPT-3, but those comments were frequently downvoted by other readers of Hacker News. "This is either something written by GPT-3, or the human equivalent. Zero substantive content, pure regurgitation," one commenter wrote in response to an AI-generated post. The commenter was downvoted and admonished by other readers.
"If you disagree, be civil and give reasons rather than throw insults," someone replied.
- OPINION: “I would bet on Novovax,” a doctor’s take on how to make the COVID-19 vaccine jabs more effective
- Aishwarya Pissay, a champion motorcyclist, describes what it takes to ace the circuit
- Mandatory 14-days quarantine for Delhi residents returning from Kumbh Mela, says Delhi Disaster Management Authority
- Check out the youngest players in IPL 2021
- JEE Mains entrance exam postponed amid surge in COVID-19 cases