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Humanist Archives: March 3, 2019, 8:01 a.m. Humanist 32.503 - authorship attribution for automatically generated texts?

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 503.
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        Date: 2019-03-02 12:58:16+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty 
        Subject: OpenAI GPT and authorship attribution

dear all,

some of us surely read the news about the OpenAI GPT software*
which has a great ability to automatically generate texts of high
quality and for this reason was not released in public by the
developers, breaking from the normal practice of OpenAI which releases
the full research to the public. at the above address links are
available to the unpublished paper describing the software and to the a
limited small version source code.

so one thought arises: could an authorship attribution system/software
be able to recognize such texts? or: how could an authorship attribution
system/software be devised to be able to recognize such texts?

if not, what else?


*(https://blog.openai.com/better-language-models/; a Guardian comment is
available here:

In pochi a nuoto arrivammo qui sulle vostre spiagge.
Ma che razza di uomini è questa? Quale patria permette
un costume così barbaro, che ci nega perfino l’ospitalità
della sabbia; che ci dichiara guerra e ci vieta di posarci
sulla vicina terra. Se non credete nel genere umano e nella
fraternità tra le braccia mortali, credete almeno negli Dei,
che ricordano il giusto e l’ingiusto.
[Virgilio, Eneide, Libro I 538-543]
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