Once judged as “dangerous” by Elon Musk, OpenAI’s text generator software will be marketed in closed beta. With Musk in the position of co-founder, the research center saw the need to market the tool to continue the project.

Revealed more than a year ago, OpenAI’s text generator software was deemed “too dangerous” by the institution itself. The tool is capable of replicating the styles and vocabularies of other authors or websites by being trained with just a single sentence – and proved this by reproducing George Orwell’s 1984 style and articles by The Guardian.

Operating through in-depth work with machine learning and still committing obvious plagiarism, the software could easily pass itself off as a news vehicle and convey false information – requiring great effort to check facts and leading to potentially irreversible damage, especially in sensitive periods, like elections and crises.

Because it represents a real risk to the internet, OpenAI chose to “save” the software until deciding which model to adopt to release it – discarding, in any case, the open source provision. The company has now announced that it will market the software, but under conditions and constant supervision.

The text generator will be sold as an application programming interface (API) in a closed beta. In addition to disbursing the amount to acquire it, the interested company will need to inform what it will use the software for and will be subject to OpenAI’s judgment during use. “We will stop accessing the API if its use is harmful – whether for harassment, spam, radicalization or astroturfing.”, They warned in a publication.

The API is a refined version of the project presented in February 2019; therefore, it is likely that the problems of cohesion and plagiarism have been solved. In the next two months, the tool will be distributed free of charge – but it will still require authorization from OpenAI. During that time, the company will study ways to monetize the product in the long run.

So far, Reddit and the startup Algolia have shown interest in using the API. More customers would give more impetus to OpenAI, which, despite being a non-profit institution, wants to deepen research in artificial intelligence and take it to the world.

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