BBC Radio 4 – Word of Mouth, Chatbots 1
Like lots of other folk I’ve been reading plenty about Large Language Models, AI & Chatbots and playing with some of the toys.
I really liked Professor Bender’s approach and method. I also found this a very easy listen. My mind has tended to wander off when reading blogs post about AI. Very clear on the “not intelligent” and the risks associated with chatbots trained on large piles of language.
And specifically the things that they’re predicting is what would be a plausible next word given all the preceding words here and then again and then again and again.
And so that’s linguistically interesting that once you get to billions of words of text, there’s enough information in there just in the distribution of words to stick with things that are both grammatical and seemingly coherent.
So that’s a cool observation and it’s dangerous because we tend to react to grammatical, fluent, coherent, seeming text as authoritative and reliable and valuable.
So instead of talking about automatic speech recognition, I prefer to talk about automatic transcription because that describes what we’re using it for and doesn’t attribute any cognition to the system that is doing the task for us.2
The five minutes needed watch this will not be wasted.
#tds2030 one thing about blogging is you find out things you though were permanent were not
Looks like a fascinating read. I didn’t find an expert. I find I learn to notice with a hint. I’ve walking same bits of countryside for years. Recently I’ve got my eye in for lizards. I see more & more basking or wriggling in the grass. #tds1856
failure and hope are the very things that have propelled human progress to date
the loss of the random and serendipity are worrying too. #tds1850
Loved the linked photoset of kids playing, outdoors & sometimes, somewhat risky.
We found a lovely post that helped us reflect on life beyond the digital. Joel Dueck tells us about this item of furniture,
The secretary, a compartmentalized working-space, may be thought of as the RSS reader of the past.
from: #tds389 The RSS reader of days gone by | The Daily Stillness
The linked post, is really only a paragraph but the idea in it is wonderful.Â
Today, I wrote a post on my 1999.io blog, read my RSS reader, tweeteted, answered tweets, found some lovely stuff. I worked on a website and went back an forward many times on email.
The image of a bureau captures this delightfully. I imagine a webpage version that looks as organised as the image posted.
Image Credit: Antique PBX | Germany 2012 | Thomas Quine | Flickr Creative Commons â€” Attribution 2.0 Generic â€” CC BY 2.0