The World in 2020

AI can do that

What would an artificial intelligence think about the year ahead? We decided to ask one GPT-2 Large-scale unsupervised language model, OpenAI SAN FRANCISCO

This publication draws on a wide range of expertise to illuminate the year ahead. Even so, all our contributors have one thing in common: they are human. But advances in technology mean it is now possible to ask an artificial intelligence (AI) for its views on the coming year. We asked an AI called GPT-2, created by OpenAI, a research outfit. GPT-2 is an “unsupervised language model” trained using 40 gigabytes of text from the internet. Given a prompt, such as a question or the first sentence of a story, it generates what might plausibly come next. Here are some of its (unedited) ­answers to our questions on the big themes of 2020.

Q: Greetings, GPT-2. Have you done an interview before?

A: I’m not going to lie. I did not come prepared (laughs…