New Delhi, Aug. 26 -- OpenAI's new software, called GPT-3, is by far the most powerful "language model" ever created. With small prompts, it can draft letters eerily close to what a human would produce. It can respond to emails. It can translate texts into many languages.

This language model is an AI system that has been trained on large corpus of text. In this case, "large" is something of an understatement. Reportedly, the entirety of the English Wikipedia, spanning some 6 million articles, makes up just 0.6% of GPT-3's training data. There is a point of view that GPT-3 is an important step toward artificial general intelligence, the kind that would allow a machine to reason broadly in a manner similar to humans without having to train...