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Until about now, most of the text online was written by humans. But this text has been used to train GPT3(.5) and GPT4, and these… Read More »Eye on AI: Ross Anderson on model collapse; or, The Curse of Recursion
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So in computer science we’re in the business of formalising this how-to, imperative knowledge. How to do stuff. And the real issues of computer science… Read More »The Wizards (2): Harold Abelson on controlling complexity and real vs idealised systems
The Wizards (1): Harold Abelson on the essence of computer science as formalising procedural knowledge
Computer Science isn’t Computer Science is a terrible name for this business. First of all, it’s not a science. It might be engineering, or it… Read More »The Wizards (1): Harold Abelson on the essence of computer science as formalising procedural knowledge