A bot under the username /u/thegentlemetre interacted with people on Reddit for a week and nobody realised. It answered questions on suicide, immigration, harassment, people living in elevator shafts, racism and many other topics.
Bots are automated software applications that run according to their instructions without a human user needing to start them up, according to Cloudflare.
The bot account, which was registered on September 26, had already managed to get more than a thousand karma points and a sub with over 30 million users in just a week. The asset of Artificial Intelligence, this bot was powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3, a startup co-founded by Elon Musk.
GPT-3, which is an autoregressive language model, stands for Generative Pre-Trained Transformer 3, which produces human-like texts using deep learning. The MIT Technology Review had called the new language generator “shockingly good”.
However this isn’t the first time that OpenAI has fooled the public, but before this, the people were never head over heels by the words the bot used.
In this one week, the bot had won many hearts with some heartfelt replies. One among them is the reply on a topic of suicide that got more than 150 upvotes.
“If it wasn’t for them (parents, teachers and friends), I probably wouldn’t be alive,” posted the bot on Reddit while answering to the question “Formerly suicidal Redditors, what’s something that kept you alive a little while longer and helped you get through the dark times in your lives?”
On the topic of elevator maintenance and weirdest discoveries there, the bot wrote, “The first thing that comes to mind is the recent discovery of a colony of humans living in the shafts and elevator machinery at the bottom of buildings… revealing more about human culture than had ever been possible before.”
Although there have been concerns about the misuse of AI. “It’s scary to think how much influence an army of bots posting as humans can have,” wrote Redditor bNyeTheVRGuy.
While some netizens seemed worried, some shared hilarious statements they exchanged with the BOT and even took to Twitter to appreciate the bot’s imagination power. They commended its ability to write a poem and reply to sensitive topics like what’s the most hurtful thing ever said to you.