From New Oxford American Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 2010, 2013
AI (Artificial Intelligence):
The theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.
(Computing) Any of a number of distinct but interrelated units from which a program may be built up or into which a complex activity may be analyzed.
Neural Net (also Neural Network):
A computer system modeled on the human brain and nervous system.
(Mathematics) A mathematical object analogous to but more general than a vector, represented by an array of components that are functions of the coordinates of a space.


"OpenAI is an AI research and deployment company based in San Francisco, California. Our mission is to ensure that artificial general intelligence benefits all of humanity."
OpenAI: https://openai.com/about/

(Random Alpha Logic PHilosopher)

OpenAI released a tensor-based AI module called GPT-2: 1.5B on November 5, 2019. The program can run on Windows, Mac, or Linux. It comes with 4 models trained on supplied text: small, medium, large, and extra-large.

The pretrained models are set up to take an interactive prompt and that kicks off a response from the neural net as it tries to assemble a reasonable reply to the prompt. The larger the model, the more the replies sound like a human operator. (It takes some while for it to “think” on each prompt before it replies.)

Some replies I've had are funny, otherworldly, and often weird. But the large model replies are close enough to a human response that it's almost spooky. On a whim I gave it “Where have all the flowers gone?” and out popped this poem, verbatim as presented here. My jaw dropped ...

Gene Wilburn
Small Print Magazine
Creative Nonfiction Editor Emeritus


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