A new, more powerful model by OpenAI

OpenAI has released a new transformer-based language model and claims to have achieved SOTA on a range of new tasks, and that it is especially clever at language generation:

They also claim that due to possibility that it can be used for malicious ends, they will not release the model:

We can also imagine the application of these models for malicious purposes, including the following (or other applications we can’t yet anticipate):

    Generate misleading news articles
    Impersonate others online
    Automate the production of abusive or faked content to post on social media
    Automate the production of spam/phishing content

What do you think of it, especially the malicious applications part?

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Time to change their marketing name?



I am very grateful to Jeremy for writing a balanced, unbiased post on the subject: https://www.fast.ai/2019/02/15/openai-gp2/

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Actually, I cannot see any breakthrough in Natural Language Understanding. OpenAi GP2 is a bigger language model trained on a quite big selected corpus(read high-quality text). So I think that some of the authors’ claims(especially on twitter) are misleading. I don’t belong to any ivory tower, but, IMO, NLU is still an open problem, and current SOTA DL models for language can provide us “approximate” outputs only for a specific range of linguistic tasks. But as I said this is just my point of view and I’d like to read your replies on this topic.