What ChatGPT and Generative AI Mean for Science

February 7, 2023

(Nature) – In December, computational biologists Casey Greene and Milton Pividori embarked on an unusual experiment: they asked an assistant who was not a scientist to help them improve three of their research papers. Their assiduous aide suggested revisions to sections of documents in seconds; each manuscript took about five minutes to review. In one biology manuscript, their helper even spotted a mistake in a reference to an equation. The trial didn’t always run smoothly, but the final manuscripts were easier to read — and the fees were modest, at less than US$0.50 per document. This assistant, as Greene and Pividori reported in a preprint on 23 January, is not a person but an artificial-intelligence (AI) algorithm called GPT-3, first released in 2020. (Read More)