Cards Against Humanity built an AI to replace their writers

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By the sixteenth hour locked in a small room, the humans had devolved into mumbling coffee pots while the AI trundled on, unrelenting. Both came up with some pretty good lines, some of the more appropriate (if that’s possible) including: “Losing a loved one to Fox News” and “Sitting on my son’s bed thinking, ‘I could kill him’” and “The whole Jeffrey Epstein thing” and “Some sort of giant son of a b*tch whole lives in the internet” and “Proving I am not a robot.” (Guess who made the last one.)

The AI and the humans both sounded authentically Cards Against Humanity, and if their cards were intermixed it would be hard to tell them apart, but there were a few patterns. One, bizarrely, the AI’s jokes were much dirtier – make of that what you will. The humans’ jokes involved recent-ish memes like “Sure, sex is great, but have you tried __?” and political themes. Predictably, the humans made about 50 good cards and the AI one million mediocre ones, but the top 30, which make it into the packs people will receive, were comparable in quality.

The AI was based on OpenAI’s GPT-2, which is a text-generating neural network. GPT-2 starts with a word like “Gary’s” then finds a few words that might come after, such as “car, dad, knife.” It then randomly picks one (that’s how they add creativity) so the AI might choose “Gary’s dad.” It then repeats the process treating that as the starting point, leading to “Gary’s dad, Gary.” Yes, it really did make that example.

Illustration by Allison Paley, Cards Against Humanity

OpenAI had trained GPT-2 with 40 GB of text, equivalent to about 40,000 books, which gave it vocabulary, grammar, and even some cultural understanding. Cards Against Humanity then trained it with 44,000 white cards including the 2,000 official cards, 25,000 internal prototype cards, and 17,000 unofficial fan-made cards (maybe that’s where the dirty humor is from). Throw in some duplication filters and another grammar algorithm, and you get “What I doin’” to put it in the AI’s words.

The competition was fierce and for a while it could have been anyone’s game, but eventually the humans came out on top, and they’ll all get a $5,000 bonus in their next paycheck for their efforts. Needless to say, however, Cards Against Humanity turned a nice profit with the AI making $81,135 and the humans $82,860 during the allotted period. You can still buy the packs from their website and they should arrive by Christmas for some family fun.

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Theinsanegamer

TS Evangelist
Shockingly, you miss the point entirely...
Let me help: the point is, you can’t tell the difference anymore :)
Bull. Those AI generated phrases, im sure, sound fine on their own, but compare them to the earlier cards and I'll bet the AI cards dont flow as well, nor get the laughs.

AI are entirely predictive. The pool it has to work with is ALL it will work with. AI dont experience or create new things, just recombine from what they already have, and itll get stale quick.

Supposedly "AI" writers are just as good as human newsroom writers, that's the justification my local news station used to cut half the staff. The result? Pretty easy to tell which ones are AI generated. They are just dumps of information with no semblance or emotional connection, just data points strung together in logical order. The cards will be no different.
 

Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
Bull. Those AI generated phrases, im sure, sound fine on their own, but compare them to the earlier cards and I'll bet the AI cards dont flow as well, nor get the laughs.

AI are entirely predictive. The pool it has to work with is ALL it will work with. AI dont experience or create new things, just recombine from what they already have, and itll get stale quick.

Supposedly "AI" writers are just as good as human newsroom writers, that's the justification my local news station used to cut half the staff. The result? Pretty easy to tell which ones are AI generated. They are just dumps of information with no semblance or emotional connection, just data points strung together in logical order. The cards will be no different.
Lol... you missed my point... I was simply stating the point of the article - that the AI did almost as good a job as humans...

SHOCKING! The point was obvious .... apparently you have no understanding of sarcasm .....
Oh I understand sarcasm - but yours was ill-used and clearly didn't match what the article was saying...
 
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Xclusiveitalian

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"Predictably, the humans made about 50 good cards and the AI one million mediocre ones, but the top 30, which make it into the packs people will receive, were comparable in quality." They created an AI that can create an unlimited number of bland cards...yay?
 

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