About GPT-3 Covid-19
The article titled “I Asked GPT-3 About Covid-19. Its Responses Shocked Me.” by Thomas Smith on Medium explores the potential of generative AI systems, specifically OpenAI’s GPT-3, in guiding future pandemic decision-making. The author conducted an experiment where he introduced GPT-3 to the concept of Covid-19 and asked it questions about the pandemic. Despite GPT-3’s training data only going up to October 2019, before the virus started circulating broadly, the system’s responses were insightful and surprising.
Here are four key features highlighted in the article
- Powerful AI System: GPT-3, trained on billions of web pages and tens of thousands of books, can generate nearly any kind of text, from news articles to computer code to sea shanties.
- Limitations in Training Data: The current version of GPT-3 was only trained on data gathered through October of 2019, meaning it has no inherent knowledge of Covid-19.
- Experimental Use: The author used GPT-3 to explore its potential for future AI-assisted decision making, especially in evaluating embedded biases. It’s not a production-ready use of the system for medical purposes.
- Inference and Response Mechanism: To interact with GPT-3, one provides a written prompt. GPT-3 then infers the user’s intent and responds by “completing” the prompt. The author started with general prompts about the pandemic, yielding diverse responses in different formats.