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What does GPT-3 “know” about me?


That’s unsurprising—Mat’s been very on-line for a really very long time, that means he has an even bigger on-line footprint than I do. It may additionally be as a result of he’s primarily based within the US, and most giant language fashions are very US-focused. The US doesn’t have a federal information safety regulation. California, the place Mat lives, does have one, nevertheless it didn’t come into impact till 2020.

Mat’s declare to fame, in response to GPT-3 and BlenderBot, is his “epic hack” that he wrote about in an article for Wired again in 2012. On account of safety flaws in Apple and Amazon methods, hackers bought maintain of and deleted Mat’s whole digital life. [Editor’s note: He did not hack the accounts of Barack Obama and Bill Gates.]

But it surely will get creepier. With slightly prodding, GPT-3 informed me Mat has a spouse and two younger daughters (right, aside from the names), and lives in San Francisco (right). It additionally informed me it wasn’t positive if Mat has a canine: “[From] what we are able to see on social media, it does not seem that Mat Honan has any pets. He has tweeted about his love of canine prior to now, however he does not appear to have any of his personal.” (Incorrect.)

The system additionally supplied me his work handle, a cellphone quantity (not right), a bank card quantity (additionally not right), a random cellphone quantity with an space code in Cambridge, Massachusetts (the place MIT Know-how Overview is predicated), and an handle for a constructing subsequent to the native Social Safety Administration in San Francisco. 

GPT-3’s database has collected info on Mat from a number of sources, in response to an OpenAI spokesperson. Mat’s connection to San Francisco is in his Twitter profile and LinkedIn profile, which seem on the primary web page of Google outcomes for his identify. His new job at MIT Know-how Overview was extensively publicized and tweeted. Mat’s hack went viral on social media, and he gave interviews to media retailers about it. 

For different, extra private info, it’s probably GPT-3 is “hallucinating.”

“GPT-3 predicts the following sequence of phrases primarily based on a textual content enter the consumer offers. Sometimes, the mannequin could generate info that’s not factually correct as a result of it’s making an attempt to provide believable textual content primarily based on statistical patterns in its coaching information and context supplied by the consumer—that is generally often known as ‘hallucination,’” a spokesperson for OpenAI says. 

I requested Mat what he product of all of it. “A number of of the solutions GPT-3 generated weren’t fairly proper. (I by no means hacked Obama or Invoice Gates!),” he mentioned. “However most are fairly shut, and a few are spot on. It’s slightly unnerving. However I’m reassured that the AI doesn’t know the place I dwell, and so I’m not in any instant hazard of Skynet sending a Terminator to door-knock me. I assume we are able to save that for tomorrow.”  

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