Testing The Limits of Grover The Neural Fake News Detector. Can It Write Fiction? Can It Write Riddles?

Grover is a neural network modeled after GPT-2 as a state-of-the-art detector for Neural Network fake news. Grover is also a state-of-the-art generator of fake news and they provide a web interface. Since Grover is modeled after the full-size 1.5B GPT-2 – not the smaller version the public has access to – this is a bit like getting a back door to the full-size GPT-2. This is very exciting! (Update: They just reduced the size of the public model to 345M — everything in this post come from the full size model. Glad I stayed up way too late hammering the real thing for samples… Update 2: It’s back up!)

Grover was trained on 5000 news domains indexed by Google News, not the internet generally like GPT-2. As you would expect Grover excels at writing fake news:

Scientists Recommend Against Vaccination: "The Evidence Is Now Clear: Vaccines Cause Autism and Cancer"

After a 15-year study, scientists in Britain are recommending that the British government refrain from administering vaccines. The study, written by Mike Gunton, professor of epidemiology and professor of genetic medicine at the University of Liverpool, claims that the chances of the MMR vaccine, a vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella, causing autism in children are “strongly possible.” And while Gunton and his team say their findings only apply to the MMR vaccine, they believe there are “many similar disorders” linked to vaccines and there is “strong evidence” vaccines cause autism and leukemia. Gunton told the Telegraph that no effort should be made to give vaccines to children younger than 3 months of age. The vaccine is highly controversial, and parents have been choosing to opt out of the MMR vaccination in recent years. This year, the British government’s vaccination program chose not to distribute the MMR vaccine, citing the study as the reason.

You don’t have to fish to get coherent fake news of Grover, it’s absolutely great at it.

What else can we do with Grover?

Grover writes news when you ask it to generate the Article field, but since it will do any of the fields (title, authors, headline, etc) you can use Grover in other ways. Ask Grover to write a headline and give it the article text as input and it works kind of like a one-sentence summarizer (even when given straight up prose, more on this later…) Or estimate the date of a news story by asking Grover just generate the date field. Pretty cool.

But now let’s turn the power of this fully operational 1.5 Billion Parameter Neural Network to… other things.

Can Grover write silly fake news?

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