It was noted today that automated text generation is advancing at a rapid pace, potentially accelerating.
As bots become more and more capable of passing turing tests, especially in single iterations, such as social media posts or news blurbs, I have to ask:
- Does it matter where a text originates, if the content is strong?
Strength here is used in the sense of meaning. To elucidate my argument I'll present an example. (It helps to know the Library of Babel, an infinite memory array where every possible combination of characters exists.)
An algorithm is set up to produce aphorisms. The overwhelming majority of the output is gibberish, but among the junk is an incredibly profound observation emerges that changes the way people think about a subject or issue.
Where the bot just spams social media, the aphorism in question is identified because it recieves a high number of reposts by humans, who, in this scenario, provide the mechanism for finding the needle (the profound aphorism) in the haystack (the junk output).
Does the value of the insight depend on the cognitive quality of the generator, in the sense of having to understand the statement?
A real world example would be Game 2, Move 37 in the AlphaGo vs. Lee Sedol match.