AI Weirdness: the strange side of machine learning
The art of asking nicely

The art of asking nicely

There are upsides to working with a neural net that trained on a huge collection of internet images and text. One is that, instead of ominous grey geometric blobs when it doesn't understand your prompt (there is a free interactive demo of AttnGAN here and it is a lot of
New AI short story! The Skeleton Crew

New AI short story! The Skeleton Crew

illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo"There was so much she might not hear, being located so far from her body, relying on cheap headphones. It had never mattered before."I have a new story out in Slate Future Tense! The Skeleton Crew I wanted to write a story about today's AI,
AI doesn't understand scale

AI doesn't understand scale

One of my favorite ways to mess around with text-generating AI is to see what it does with new games that didn't exist on the internet back when its training data was collected. OpenAI's GPT-3 models were trained with data that cut off in late 2019 which means that they're
Hurricanes and how they are pronounced

Hurricanes and how they are pronounced

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its planned hurricane names years in advance, and includes a pronunciation guide for each name. An excerpt from NOAA's 2026 Atlantic Basin Storm Name Pronunciations: Arthur AR-thur Bertha BUR-thuh Cristobal krees-TOH-bahl Dolly DAH-lee Edouard eh-DWARD Fay fayWhenever I see a list like
Fun facts about fun guys

Fun facts about fun guys

The neural net GPT-3 has seen a lot of dating profiles during its internet training. But has it seen the Bachelorette contestant variety of astonishingly pedestrian dating profile?
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