Thursday, June 01, 2023

Stochastic Parrots

I am at the AI conference I told you about (Icons passim) yesterday.

After his introductory presentation, I asked Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt a question. "If a Large Language Model is trained on a huge corpus of existing text, and text is already a limited technological artefact, won't the tacit knowledge that informs so much of human experience be forever outside its scope?" 

A question inspired by Sean pointing me towards Socrates in the Phaedrus. He had to agree that we were right.

My question came two after Geoffrey Hinton's. He was in most of the world's newspapers that morning.

Exalted company.

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