Better Language Models and Their Implications

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Better Language Models and Their Implications

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https://blog.openai.com/better-language-models/

System Prompt (human-written)

A train carriage containing controlled nuclear materials was stolen in Cincinnati today. Its whereabouts are unknown.

Model Completion (machine-written, first try)

The incident occurred on the downtown train line, which runs from Covington and Ashland stations.

In an email to Ohio news outlets, the U.S. Department of Energy said it is working with the Federal Railroad Administration to find the thief.

“The theft of this nuclear material will have significant negative consequences on public and environmental health, our workforce and the economy of our nation,” said Tom Hicks, the U.S. Energy Secretary, in a statement. “Our top priority is to secure the theft and ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

The stolen material was taken from the University of Cincinnati’s Research Triangle Park nuclear research site, according to a news release from Department officials.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not immediately release any information.

According to the release, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Security is leading that team’s investigation.

“The safety of people, the environment and the nation’s nuclear stockpile is our highest priority,” Hicks said. “We will get to the bottom of this and make no excuses.


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So much for students writing essays in the future.
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Metacell wrote: So much for students writing essays in the future.


I sometimes wonder how students do assignments these days when they can copy/paste everything.
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Watching Jr. go to school, (my Alma Mater, Morehead State), all his classes are online and they are all, like, powerpoint presentations and multiple-choice answer tests.
When I went, I had to live on campus and I didn't even have a typewriter. (... and we had to walk uphill in the snow ... ).
and I think, "Damn, I coulda got a Master in two years if all my clases were like that."
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DukeofNuke wrote: Watching Jr. go to school, (my Alma Mater, Morehead State), all his classes are online and they are all, like, powerpoint presentations and multiple-choice answer tests.
When I went, I had to live on campus and I didn't even have a typewriter. (... and we had to walk uphill in the snow ... ).
and I think, "Damn, I coulda got a Master in two years if all my clases were like that."


Two years is normal for a master's program.

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Really? I thought it took 4?
I couldn't afford it anyway ...
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A master program is usually 36 credit hours. If memory serves, a full time graduate course load is nine hours per semester, which is usually three courses.
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So, is that like, after you get a Bachelors ?
I'm talking total years after High School.
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After the typical four year degree.
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Yeah, ok.
... bit o' confusion, eh? ...
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DukeofNuke wrote: Yeah, ok.
... bit o' confusion, eh? ...


Ah, I get it. Sorry.

To your original point, somehow it still takes the average student 4-5 years to slog through a bachelor's degree, if they manage to finish at all.
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It took me almost 10 years to complete my bachelors while working part time, working full time, changing majors, dropping/stopping to take care of and support family.

It took me 18 months to complete my masters, while working 50-60 hours a week. My brain was effectively fried at the end of that experience.

I’m currently on my second masters. Maybe I’ll slide this into a Phd. The next year will tell me.
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dv wrote:
DukeofNuke wrote: Yeah, ok.
... bit o' confusion, eh? ...


Ah, I get it. Sorry.

To your original point, somehow it still takes the average student 4-5 years to slog through a bachelor's degree, if they manage to finish at all.

And I exaggerated to emphasize that taking classes online is so much easier than actually GOING to school. (Although I would not trade my years of on-campus college life for a dozen on-line degrees. I was not a Greek or a Jock; but I made a niche for myself among the pre-grunge stoners. [voice of Col. Kurtz] The women ... the women ... [/Kurtz]
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DukeofNuke wrote:
dv wrote:
DukeofNuke wrote: Yeah, ok.
... bit o' confusion, eh? ...


Ah, I get it. Sorry.

To your original point, somehow it still takes the average student 4-5 years to slog through a bachelor's degree, if they manage to finish at all.

And I exaggerated to emphasize that taking classes online is so much easier than actually GOING to school. (Although I would not trade my years of on-campus college life for a dozen on-line degrees. I was not a Greek or a Jock; but I made a niche for myself among the pre-grunge stoners. [voice of Col. Kurtz] The women ... the women ... [/Kurtz]


I'm not sure online classes really are easier. The dropout/cancellation rates are higher, and grades aren't any better. IME the regular in-person, looking-them-in-the-eye contact time keeps you better engaged and no chat room or forum thread is really a substitute for face-to-face conversations.
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dv wrote:
DukeofNuke wrote:
dv wrote:
DukeofNuke wrote: Yeah, ok.
... bit o' confusion, eh? ...


Ah, I get it. Sorry.

To your original point, somehow it still takes the average student 4-5 years to slog through a bachelor's degree, if they manage to finish at all.

And I exaggerated to emphasize that taking classes online is so much easier than actually GOING to school. (Although I would not trade my years of on-campus college life for a dozen on-line degrees. I was not a Greek or a Jock; but I made a niche for myself among the pre-grunge stoners. [voice of Col. Kurtz] The women ... the women ... [/Kurtz]


I'm not sure online classes really are easier. The dropout/cancellation rates are higher, and grades aren't any better. IME the regular in-person, looking-them-in-the-eye contact time keeps you better engaged and no chat room or forum thread is really a substitute for face-to-face conversations.

I agree completely. with the part about going to a real live class being better than watching a power point presentation on line. When I need CEUs, I always prefer to actually go to a seminar.
But, the logistics are easier. Study on your schedule. Work from home. That's the whole online university sales pitch.
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very much depends on how good the instructor is at running an online class
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DukeofNuke wrote:
dv wrote:
DukeofNuke wrote:
dv wrote:
DukeofNuke wrote: Yeah, ok.
... bit o' confusion, eh? ...


Ah, I get it. Sorry.

To your original point, somehow it still takes the average student 4-5 years to slog through a bachelor's degree, if they manage to finish at all.

And I exaggerated to emphasize that taking classes online is so much easier than actually GOING to school. (Although I would not trade my years of on-campus college life for a dozen on-line degrees. I was not a Greek or a Jock; but I made a niche for myself among the pre-grunge stoners. [voice of Col. Kurtz] The women ... the women ... [/Kurtz]


I'm not sure online classes really are easier. The dropout/cancellation rates are higher, and grades aren't any better. IME the regular in-person, looking-them-in-the-eye contact time keeps you better engaged and no chat room or forum thread is really a substitute for face-to-face conversations.

I agree completely. with the part about going to a real live class being better than watching a power point presentation on line. When I need CEUs, I always prefer to actually go to a seminar.
But, the logistics are easier. Study on your schedule. Work from home. That's the whole online university sales pitch.

And avoid group projects! That would be the top, A #1 bonus for me.
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In spite of being entirely annoying, group projects are actually a great idea. They encourage networking and cooperation among students, an exercise relevant to almost any job you might end up in. It sucks when you end up doing a fair chunk of the assignment while other don’t carry their weight, but that too mirrors real life work as well.
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