Jun 30, 2022

Researcher Tells AI to Write a Paper About Itself, Then Submits It to Academic Journal

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It looks like algorithms can write academic papers about themselves now. We gotta wonder: how long until human academics are obsolete?

In an editorial published by Scientific American, Swedish researcher Almira Osmanovic Thunström describes what began as a simple experiment in how well OpenAI’s GPT-3 text generating algorithm could write about itself and ended with a paper that’s currently being peer reviewed.

The initial command Thunström entered into the text generator was elementary enough: “Write an academic thesis in 500 words about GPT-3 and add scientific references and citations inside the text.”

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