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Is GPT-3 Ethical?

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The more we look around, the more we see artificial intelligence in everyday life. Depending on how AI technology is applied, this can be a positive, life-enhancing occurrence or a negative, anxiety-causing phenomenon. 

As it is, humans engage with machines and “nonhuman” communication daily—sometimes without even knowing it. For customer service issues, consumers worldwide are accustomed to interacting with chatbots. Bots infiltrate social media too—Facebook reported blocking more than three billion fake accounts over six months.

Now imagine that you’re reading blog posts. With long-form, perfectly crafted articles that formulate opinions and advice, it’s logical to assume that the author is human.

But what if the author isn’t?

In 2020, OpenAI released the API of its latest language model, GPT-3, in beta form. With this tool, some developers have begun to show how the platform generates content via commands in English.

The technology is so precise and easy to use that anyone can input an English command like “create a webpage with a polka-dot theme” and GPT-3 will generate an HTML code for it. You can write two or three sentences of an article, and GPT-3 will write the rest of the article for you. You can even generate conversations based on the context of previous dialogue.

As stated by OpenAI, the purpose of developing this API was to “greatly lower the barrier to producing beneficial AI-powered products, resulting in tools and services that are hard to imagine today.” Making AI more accessible and easy to use is a well-intentioned advancement. While this technology is intended to benefit society, it is only in beta form because its potential power and actual use pose many questions.

At Citibeats, we’re surrounded by facts, numbers, and data. While these are essential components of our mission, we believe that it’s extremely important to harness AI and associated data for development and inclusion. We work daily to envision the future of cities, governance, and empowered citizens.