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Truth, Lies, and Automation

How Language Models Could Change Disinformation

Ben Buchanan (On leave)

Andrew Lohn

Micah Musser

Katerina Sedova

May 2021

Growing popular and industry interest in high-performing natural language generation models has led to concerns that such models could be used to generate automated disinformation at scale. This report examines the capabilities of GPT-3--a cutting-edge AI system that writes text--to analyze its potential misuse for disinformation. A model like GPT-3 may be able to help disinformation actors substantially reduce the work necessary to write disinformation while expanding its reach and potentially also its effectiveness.

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