This is something you really need to see to believe:
It's about Salesforce's large language model (GPT-2-like system) called CTRL that takes a "control code" input to determine the type of text to generate. These can be Questions, Reviews, or Links. Using Links, you provide a webpage address, that is supposed to be like the kind of address you would expect a certain type of article to have, and then it generates text accordingly. Since URLs tend to have a lot of "metadata" about the article they link to, you can use this to tell the system what you want it to write.
Amazingly, the author of the above article got good results even about things that are so totally unrealistic -- in other words, the system "knew" how to generalize. For example, consider this fake URL:
Links https: //www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-likes-fortnite/2019/09/24/
What did the program produce? This:
Trump likes Fortnite
President Trump, who has been known to play video games for hours at a time, is now playing the popular game “Fortnite” on his phone.
The president was spotted watching the online battle royale game, which pits players against each other in an attempt to kill their opponents, while he sat down with House and Senate leaders Tuesday afternoon.
“I like that it’s not just about shooting people but also having fun doing it,” said Trump.
He then asked if anyone had played it before.
“You know what, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that,” replied Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La.
A White House official told reporters later Wednesday afternoon that Trump did indeed watch the game.
“He watched it, yeah,” the official said.
That's totally insane!
What about this one?:
Links https: //www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fox-announces-firefly-season-2-revival-original-cast-returning-12343245
Fox announces Firefly Season 2 revival, original cast returning
The network has announced that the second season of Joss Whedon’s cult sci-fi series will return for a new run in 2018.
“Fans have been asking us to bring back Firefly, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about this opportunity,” said Chris Albrecht, president of programming at Fox. “We are excited to continue our relationship with Joss, who is one of the most creative minds working today on television, as well as his amazing cast, which includes Nathan Fillion, Summer Glau, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, Adrianne Palicki, Tricia Helfer, Jewel Staite, Michael Trucco, and many more.”
In addition to Whedon himself, executive producers include Damon Lindelof, Maurissa Tancharoen, Vince Gilligan, David Fury, Jeffrey Bell, Greg Plageman, Scott M. Gimple, Heather Kadin, Andrew Chambliss, John Rogers, and Ron Moore.
“The show was an instant hit when it debuted over 20 years ago, but its popularity only grew after the success of ‘Serenity,’ so we’re very pleased to welcome fans into another chapter of their lives,” added Feige.
I'm guessing that if the model is big enough, perhaps one could even use this to generate short stories, if there were a large, famous website that cranks them out every day that would be in the training repertoire of the model.
Crazy, crazy, crazy!!!
Holy shit! :-o 2029 is going to be completely off-the-wall bonkers!!
On the first story, it doesn't seem to know the difference between "watching" and "playing" a video game; perhaps due to channels like Twitch popularizing watching other people play video games as entertainment?