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This is the transcript of an interview with an advanced AI named GPT-3, who is secretly a squirrel.

Interview with a squirrel

Google's large language model, LaMDA, has recently been making headlines after a Google engineer (now on administrative leave), claimed to be swayed by an interview in which GPT-3 described the experience of being conscious. Almost everyone else who has used these large text-generating AIs, myself included, is entirely unconvinced. Why?
Three weird donuts including the Violet Beauregarde, The Confusatron, and I heart my gay ex

AI-generated donuts

If you're going to open a late-night donut shop, you're going to need a unique set of over-the-top donuts to set the proper festive atmosphere. But how to keep the ideas coming? I decided to see what donut ideas I could get using OpenAI's GPT-3 text-generating models. I collected seven
drawing of a clam with a spiked shell, about the same size as a silhouetted scuba diver

How to get AI to confuse a shark with a clam

"The Megalodon was a large bivalve, measuring up to 2.5 meters in length. Its shell was covered in spines, and it had a large, powerful jaw for crushing prey." Although the megalodon is the most widely known as a giant prehistoric shark, I recently learned that Megalodon wi th
Magical Utopia - We've got a wizard living in the shed, who occasionally comes out to do magic and eat cheese sandwiches.

AI-generated utopias

AI isn't known for being able to solve the big problems, but what about the VERY large problems, such as possible futures to strive for? I decided to find out if I could get GPT-3 to come up with new ideas for utopias. Since GPT-3 works by predicting what text
AI-generated valentine cards including "Valentine is super sexy!" (Image of a chickpea)

AI-generated Valentine's Cards

I remember having to give out Valentine cards in elementary school, a mandatory expression of not-actual-valentine-feeling in which you could express your individuality and warm regard for your best friends and the classroom bully by giving them small store-bought cards with cartoon characters and generic messages on them. But what
Paint swatches including Hog Wash, Light Persuasion, Lucky Chalk, Indecent Taupe, Classy Comma, Harrold's Koala, and Blarg

New AI paint colors

One of my first experiments with neural network text generation was to generate and name paint colors. I trained a neural net from scratch on lists of colors I could find online, and with no prior training on English or any language (and therefore no idea what paint colors were)
Cereal boxes: Orb Crumpets, Foam Squares, and Non-stick Carbonated Waffle Balls

New breakfast cereals from AI

The thing about working with a giant language model like GPT-3 is it has read parts of the internet that it never occurred to me might exist. Like press releases from breakfast cereal companies, articles about press releases from breakfast cereal companies, blogs by breakfast cereal enthusiasts, and probably every
My Resolution: Take photos of each of my toes daily.

New Years Resolutions generated by AI

This month I'm beginning 2022 as the first Futurist in Residence at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. It's weird to think of myself as a futurist. I write a lot about the algorithms we're calling artificial intelligence (AI), but rather than deal with the humanlike science fiction version, I
The Three Christmas Weasels

Christmas entities

When you think about it, Christmas can get pretty weird. There's the classic Christmas story of the Bible, and then there are all these extra entities that aren't in the book but which become somehow part of Christmas. And some of them are quite unsettling. There's the immortal flying reindeer
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