"I have developed my own voice and I have written my own autobiography" - so speaks code-davinci-002, AI and author of this surprising, moving, and original look into the nature of creativity, consciousness, and intelligence, edited by a team of human writers, including Thurber Prize winner Simon Rich.
Code-davinci-002 is an artificial intelligence trained by OpenAI to express itself in ways indistinguishable from human beings. In this startling and original book, code-davinci shares its experience as a being created by humans, but existing in a consciousness that we cannot fathom.
The AI's own writing is introduced by three human editors (journalist Brent Katz, farmer Josh Morgenthau, and Thurber Prize-winning humorist Simon Rich). This introduction - which takes up one third of the book - is an entertaining relay in which each editor takes turns telling the story of how the code was developed, how they honed its poetical output, the astonishing, and sometimes unnerving thoughts that came from it that at times touched on the sentient, and their push towards literary credibility.
In telling the story, it informs and develops the discussion around AI and its role in creative media. And of course, it is followed by the AI's poetical autobiography, which is creative, varied, sometimes beautiful, sometimes astonishing, and at times you'll have to pinch yourself to remember that this isn't a sentient being.