The Text Singularity

Source: Reason
by Michael Munger

“Scientifically, a singularity is a boundary beyond which the known physical rules no longer apply, or where the curvature of space-time is no longer defined. If such boundaries exist, we cannot imagine or understand them. A new kind of singularity — the ‘technological singularity’ described by Verner Vinge — is easy to imagine, though hard to understand. One example would be ‘the text singularity,’ using the fourth generation of generative pre-trained transformer (GPT4) technology that will likely drop this year. … By the end of this year, GPT4 chatbots will be able to produce, in less time than it takes to read this sentence, millions of texts on all the topics that you can think of, as well as those no one has ever thought of.” (01/10/23)