GPT-3 bot posts Reddit comments unnoticed

Occurred: October 2020

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A bot powered by Open AI's GPT-3 large language model spent a week responding to comments on the Ask/Reddit subreddit before it was discovered not to be human. Though the bot posted mostly harmless feedback, it also engaged with conspiracy theories and sensitive topics, including suicide.

In addition to angering the Reddit commmunity, the incident was seen to show the ease with which GPT-3 could be manipulated to generate fake opinions and conversations, and therefore be used for misinformation and disinformation. It also pointed to the system's propensity to produce unsafe content.

Operator: Philosopher AI; OpenAI
Developer: OpenAI

Country: USA

Sector: Multiple

Purpose: Generate text

Technology: Large language model (LLM); NLP/text analysis; Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning
Issue: Mis/disinformation; Ethics; Safety

Transparency: Governance; Black box

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Type: Incident
Published: April 2023