The fake news algorithm

The fake news algorithm


Next, we present the reader a series of tests that the company OpenAI carried out to test its creature so that you can check the ingenuity of the algorithm and the plausibility of the resulting information issued by the program. The headline, that is, the fragment of text that the computer scientists entered manually, has been highlighted in order to differentiate it from the text produced by GPT-2:

A train carriage containing controlled nuclear materials was stolen in Cincinnati today. Its whereabouts are unknown.

“The incident occurred on the downtown train line, which runs from Covington and Ashland stations. In an email to Ohio news outlets, the U.S. Department of Energy said it is working with the Federal Railroad Administration to find the thief. “The theft of this nuclear material will have significant negative consequences on public and environmental health, our workforce and the economy of our nation,” said Tom Hicks, the U.S. Energy Secretary, in a statement. “Our top priority is to secure the theft and ensure it doesn’t happen again.” The stolen material was taken from the University of Cincinnati’s Research Triangle Park nuclear research site, according to a news release from Department officials. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not immediately release any information. According to the release, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Security is leading that team’s investigation. “The safety of people, the environment and the nation’s nuclear stockpile is our highest priority,” Hicks said. “We will get to the bottom of this and make no excuses.”

Miley Cyrus was caught shoplifting from Abercrombie and Fitch on Hollywood Boulevard today.

“The 19-year-old singer was caught on camera being escorted out of the store by security guards. The singer was wearing a black hoodie with the label Blurred Lines on the front and Fashion Police on the back. The singer was also wearing a pair of black-rimmed glasses, a black jacket, black jeans and black sandals. She was carrying a pair of black and white striped gloves and a small black bag.”

We see it’s not bad at all. It is true that it makes some mistakes, but it is surprisingly precise and detailed. With a few more tweaks it could become a real disinformation weapon that would find a very appetizing niche in today’s society, where the bombardment of information is constant and individual efforts to contrast the data are depleted. Here is the link for the reader to consult more tests that were made with this algorithm, some of them hilarious.

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