Exploring Alignment in AI Models: The Case of GPT-3, GPT-NeoX, and NovelAI
The recent advancement in AI language models like NovelAI, GPT-3, GPT-NeoX, and others has generated a fascinating discussion on model alignment and censorship. These models' performances in benchmarks like OpenAI LAMBADA, HellaSwag, Winogrande, and PIQA have prompted discussions about the implications of censorship, or more appropriately, alignment in AI models.
The concept of alignment in AI models is like implementing standard safety features in a car. It's not about weighing down the model but about ensuring it aligns with human values. However, this comes with an "alignment tax" which refers to the performance regression on benchmarks after implementing these safety features.
The discussions range from ethical implications to censorship and its impact on performance. One view is that the restrictions imposed by alignment are akin to moral and ethical limits we place on ourselves. This has its downsides as it can lead to reduced model performance or even a perceived censorship of speech.
Notably, a test on ChatGPT showed that as these safeguards progressed, the model's performance degraded. Similarly, a notable case is the 'Unicorn Test' degradation in GPT-4 post the implementation of reinforcement learning from human feedback (RLHF).
With AI models advancing at an astonishing rate, the conversation on alignment, censorship, and model performance is more critical than ever. This discussion might help guide future AI research and development.