Published on Fri Feb 12 2021

Multiversal views on language models

Laria Reynolds, Kyle McDonell

This framework also applies to human imagination and is core to how we read and write fiction. We call for exploration into this commonality through new forms of interfaces which allow humans to couple their imagination to AI.

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Abstract

The virtuosity of language models like GPT-3 opens a new world of possibility for human-AI collaboration in writing. In this paper, we present a framework in which generative language models are conceptualized as multiverse generators. This framework also applies to human imagination and is core to how we read and write fiction. We call for exploration into this commonality through new forms of interfaces which allow humans to couple their imagination to AI to write, explore, and understand non-linear fiction. We discuss the early insights we have gained from actively pursuing this approach by developing and testing a novel multiversal GPT-3-assisted writing interface.