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"Whatever field you are in, if it uses language, it is about to be transformed."

Fun article about Sudowrite, which is a "deep-learning neural network that can auto-generate text."

Sudowrite works like this. You give it a sample of some writing — a research paper, a poem, a blog post — and it creates a whole lot more convincingly human prose based on the sample.

More from Stephen Marche, in the New Yorker:

GPT-3 hints at a world in which machines can generate language. The consequences are vertiginous. To spend ten minutes with Sudowrite is to recognize that the undergraduate essay, the basic pedagogical mode of all humanities, will soon be under severe pressure. Take an A paper, change a few words in the first paragraph, push buttons three times, and you have an essay that fits the assignment. Whatever field you are in, if it uses language, it is about to be transformed. The changes that are coming are fundamental to every method of speaking and writing that presently exists.

The article includes lots of examples of Sudowrite trying to write like famous authors like Kafka and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

See also: this episode of podcast All Consuming about writing tools, which is where I first heard of Sudowrite.

See also also: other posts about links and podcasts on this blog.


May 2, 2021


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