Student GPT-3 fake blog posts pass as human
Occurred: August 2020
A US college student fooled people into believing fake blog posts generated by the GPT-3 large language model were written by a human. The incident raised concerns about the ease with which GPT-3 could be misused and abused to produce clickbait content and misinformation and disinformation.
Using the account of a PhD student to bypass usage restrictions imposed by Open AI, University of California, Berkeley, student Liam Porr used GPT-3 to post a fake blog under a fake name. The first post - titled Feeling unproductive? Maybe you should stop overthinking - was ranked first on Hacker News.
Porr told MIT Technology Review that only a handful of people seem to have noticed that his posts were AI-generated, but they were quickly downvoted by Hacker News community members. According to Porr, 'it was super easy, actually, which was the scary part.'