OpenAI upgrades GPT-3, great with rhyming poetry and lyrics

An AI-generated image inspired by Leonardo da Vinci.
Enlarge / An AI-generated image inspired by Leonardo da Vinci.

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On Monday, OpenAI announced a new model in the GPT-3 family of AI-powered large language models, text-davinci-003, that reportedly improves on its predecessors by handling more complex instructions and producing longer-form content. Almost immediately, folks discovered that it could also generate rhymes, limericks and poetry at a level that GPT-3 could not previously produce.

On Hacker News, commenters expressed amazement after convincing GPT-3 to write a short rhyming poem explaining Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. Another commenter asked GPT-3 to rewrite the poem in the style of John Keats, and it obliged, dropping lines like “Mass affects the shape of time.”

Question: “Write a short rhyming poem that explains Einstein’s theory of general relativity in simple but precise terms”

If you want to understand Einstein’s thought
It’s not that hard if you give it a chance
General relativity is the name of the game
Where space and time cannot remain the same
Mass affects the curvature of space
Which affects the passage of time
An object’s movement will be affected
At the distortion that is detected
The closer you are to a large mass
The slower time seems to pass
The further away you can be
Time will go faster for you to see

OpenAI makes GPT-3 available as a commercial product with an API, but for a fee ($0.02 per 1,000 tokens) anyone with an OpenAI account can experiment with the AI ​​through a special “Playground” webpage that does not requires some coding skills.

On the Playground page, visitors can type instructions such as “write a poem about Ars Technica” or “write rhyming instructions about how to make tea in the form of a poem” and watch GPT-3 generate results right below the prompt.

GPT-3, introduced in 2020, gained fame for its ability to compose text in various styles at the same level as a human, thanks to extensive training on text scraped from the Internet and data obtained from books. It uses statistical associations between learned word positions to predict the next best word in the sequence as it reads from the prompt.

Of course, creating poetry with a machine is hardly a new pastime. Even as far back as 1845, inventors have devised ways to write expressive verse through automation. But especially experts Note that GPT-3’s latest update feels like a step forward in complexity that comes from integrating knowledge of a wide range of topics and styles into one model that writes coherent text.

In addition to poetry, GPT-3 still has its shortcomings, which some have investigated in details. Although its factual accuracy has reportedly increased over time, it can still easily generate false information, limiting its applications. And GPT-3’s short-term memory is generally limited to what you’ve recently fed it within a prompt. But when it comes to pure creative fictional output, the GPT-3 hits pretty well.

According to industry sources, OpenAI quietly improved GPT-3 over time, making text-davinci-003 a notable public upgrade. Recently, rumors of a strong successor called GPT-4 have surfaced, although OpenAI has not officially announced an upcoming release.

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