“They are trained by going through mountains of internet text, repeatedly guessing the next few letters and then grading themselves against the real thing.”

– Aatish Bhatia

This interactive explainer from The New York Times shows how large language models assemble text. You can select a variety of source texts and see how the model constructs words, sentences, and eventually meaning from a letter at a time.

The piece offers six classic texts to try.


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THE NEW YORK TIMES | April 27, 2023 | by Aatish Bhatia