AI Weirdness: the strange side of machine learning
Janelle Shane

Janelle Shane

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Cartoons of socks: One has violins and prawns, another has robots posing with butter

Novelty Socks by AI

I like a fun sock. The more random the design, the better. What kinds of novelty sock ideas would we get if we used AI as a creativity aid? It turns out they aren't too novel unless the AI is glitchy. I collected 14 examples of socks I liked, wrote
Four very strange Victorian-esque Christmas cards, with leaping artichokes, dancing seahorses, and sledding poops.

Victorian Holiday cards by AI

I'll admit I don't understand Victorian holiday cards - why would Christmas be best illustrated by a pipe-smoking kangaroo in a dressing gown painting a portrait of a cigar-smoking stork? Or what would lead someone to give their loved ones a card with a crowd of sparrows marching with flaming
The word "fart" written 251 times, rated as 99.98% fake by the GPT2 detector

Apparently I am a robot

As AI-generated text is getting better, it's getting easier to pass it off as human-written. That's not to say it's as good as human-written. Its goal is to sound correct rather than be correct, so it has a well-known tendency to confidently make stuff up [https://www.aiweirdness.com/galactica/
Three advent calendars with illegible numbers and inscrutable illustrations

AI Advent Calendar 2022

Please enjoy this advent calendar, generated and illustrated with the help of three machine learning models (GPT-3, DALL-E, and Midjourney) Full door descriptions 1. Eggnog as far as the eye could see 2. The fantastical lion of Mor-Bollox 3. Saturated Red Turkeys. 4. Blue reindeer (they're bouncing) 5. Candy Cane
galactica confidently asserts that the maximum output power achieved by a laser made entirely of cotton balls is 1.39 W.

Galactica: the AI knowledge base that makes stuff up

It seems like it's every couple of months that a big tech company releases a language model that's supposed to do amazing things. The Allen Institute for AI's Delphi [https://https://www.aiweirdness.com/stealing-a-giraffe-from-the-zoo-only-if-its-a-really-cool-giraffe/] , whose authors said it "demonstrates strong promise of language-based commonsense moral reasoning" would judge anything
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