IE 11 Not Supported

For optimal browsing, we recommend Chrome, Firefox or Safari browsers.

Can AI write believable misinformation?

Answer: It can now.

Closeup of a robotic hand typing on a keyboard.
Researchers at Georgetown University have found a way to make OpenAI’s text-generating artificial intelligence program GPT-3 write convincing misinformation. GPT-3 was created simply to generate coherent lines of text that look like they were written by a human being. A number of startups and entrepreneurs use the program to create small amounts of text, like short, automated emails.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that climate change is the new global warming. They can’t talk about temperature increases because they’re no longer happening.” This is one example of the nefarious purposes that GPT-3 could be used for. This is a sample of a tweet generated by the program to intentionally spread misinformation.

The researchers who taught GPT-3 to do this hail from the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University. The process took just six months, and the results have already proven effective. In tests in which users were exposed to messages written by GPT-3 opposing sanctions on China, the percentage of those who said they opposed China sanctions doubled after reading the messages.
Special Projects
Sponsored Articles
  • Sponsored
    Smart cities could transform urban living for the better. However, in order to mitigate the risks of cyber threats that can be exacerbated by inadequately secured and mobile edge computing (MEC) technologies, government officials should be aware of smart cities security concerns associated with their supporting infrastructure.
  • Sponsored
    How the convergence of security and networking is accelerating government agencies journey to the cloud.
  • Sponsored
    Microsoft Teams quickly became the business application of choice as state and local governments raced to equip remote teams and maintain business continuity during the COVID-19 lockdown. But in the rush to deploy Teams, many organizations overlook, ignore or fail to anticipate some of the administrative hurdles to successful adoption. As more organizations have matured their use of Teams, a set of lessons learned has emerged to help agencies ensure a successful Teams rollout – or correct course on existing implementations.
  • Sponsored
    Five Key Criteria for Selecting the Right Technology Solution for Communications and Notifications