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

That’s the subhead of last week’s New Yorker article by Torontonian Stephen Marche.

This is not just a big claim; it’s a stupendous and even preposterous one

But the headline explains why it’s happening, and ultra-fast:

“The computers are getting better at writing.”

They sure are.

Just as facial recognition technology is far more accurate and artificial voices sound much more human than even a year ago, so too have computers advanced from merely editing our writing to actually creating it.

By next year, machines could be able to write as well as humans, and not just one-syllable directions, but door-stopping novels. Think how easy finishing that 50-page report will be. Just feed it your opening couple of pages so it gets to know your style, add some notes and half-formed ideas… et voila! Or if your screenplay has run out of scenes, your Supreme Court brief out of arguments, your wedding toast out of fizz.

In November of 2019, AI scientists at Open AI in San Francisco created GPT-2, a neural network with 1.5 billion parameters that could generate text…

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