Identifying AI Online

Before you continue, pause and consider: How would you prove you're not a language model generating predictive text? What special human tricks can you do that a language model can't?

1. Triangulate objective reality


This leaves us with some low-hanging fruit for humanness. We can tell richly detailed stories grounded in our specific contexts and cultures: place names, sensual descriptions, local knowledge, and, well the je ne sais quoi of being alive. Language models can decently mimic this style of writing but most don't without extensive prompt engineering. They stick to generics. They hedge. They leave out details. They have trouble maintaining a coherent sense of self over thousands of words.


2. Be original, critical, and sophisticated


In a repulsively evocative metaphor, [Language Models] engage in “human centipede epistemology.” Language models regurgitate text from across the web, which some humans read and recycle into "original creations," which then become fodder to train other language models, and around and around we go recycling generic ideas and arguments and tropes and ways of thinking.

Hard exiting out of this cycle requires coming up with unquestionably original thoughts and theories. It means seeing and synthesising patterns across a broad range of sources: books, blogs, cultural narratives served up by media outlets, conversations, podcasts, lived experiences, and market trends. We can observe and analyse a much fuller range of inputs than bots and generative models can.


There are additional tactics for differentiating ourselves from AIs, but the first two were the most interesting to me.

Folksonomies: ai auto-generated content

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 The Expanding Dark Forest and Generative AI
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Appleton, Maggie (20230101), The Expanding Dark Forest and Generative AI, Retrieved on 2023-01-05
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