Turbotodd

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The Sun Also Sets

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On the subject of AI, I’ve been checking out the 774M parameter OpenAI GPT-2 language model released on August 20.

Adam King released a Web app called “Talk to Transformer” that uses this new model where one can kick the tires. But it’s notable that OpenAI has refused to release the full 1558M model, fearful of malicious use.

It works like this: Enter an initial set of text and then let GP2 run. I tried several entries before settling on this one to share:

“While Ernest Hemingway wrote lots of books and articles in his lifetime, he was also a big fan of the bullfights, fishing, and hunting.”

The GP2 algo responded: “He wrote several of his most famous works – The Sun Also Rises – in bullfights. In 1916, it was the summer of his 50th birthday and the bullring was one of his favourite places to be. I wanted to see his view on the bullfighting from such a unique perspective, so I spent a couple of days there in a small hotel room and the last time I went I was very impressed.”

Not only did GP2 pick up where I left off…it also introduced some omniscient first person AI narrator who wanted to walk in the footsteps of Hemingway!

Everybody wants to be Hemingway.

Even our AI overlords!

Written by turbotodd

August 30, 2019 at 1:09 pm

A Long AI Weekend

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It’s been a long and winding week, and here in the U.S., we’re about to head into the nice, long, three-day Memorial Day holiday weekend.

So if you haven’t had enough tech this week, I’m passing along some choice reading recommendations in advance, as I suspect many of you will be leaving the computer or tablet early manana, and hitting the planes, trains, and automobiles.

First up, a Vox story entitled “Artificial intelligence is getting more powerful and it’s about to be everywhere.” That’s because it is. It’s even beating us in our own board games.

Case in point, the story they didn’t want you to watch in China, from The Verge: “AlphaGo beats Ke Jie again to wrap up three-part match.” China’s Jie is the world’s number one Go player and lost his second of a three part match to Google’s AlphaGo. I highly recommend Jie get in touch with former chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov to drown their sorrows in some baijiu and vodka.

After several months of the Trump Administration, I thought it might be good to revisit an unofficial analysis and comparison of President Obamas’ and Trump’s inaugural addresses. Entitled, “IBM Watson Compares Trump’s Inauguration Speech to Obama’s.”

If you can’t bear the thought of the machines taking over mankind, perhaps it’s time to return a different kind of manhood, in a new biography of the eminently masculine writer, Ernest Hemingway. There’s a new biography out, entitled simply, Ernest Hemingway: A Biography. I was an American lit major, so I’ll be putting this new bio on the list. If AI were a contemporary of Papa Hemingway, I’m sure he would have run with the bots and the bulls.

And another new non-fiction book that I just started reading, Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. The first few chapters are filled with choice tidbits and insights about what appears to have been an epic leadership failure by the candidate herself. But I’ll reserve full judgment until I’ve finished the book, and also after I’ve handed it off to IBM’s Watson for its own summary judgment.

The machines, after all, are our new best friends….aren’t they?

For those of you in the U.S., enjoy your holiday weekend and don’t forget Monday’s true meaning: Remembering the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the service of our country.

Written by turbotodd

May 25, 2017 at 10:19 am

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