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Since we've been looking for more things to do, @emilymbender @mmitchell_ai @mcmillan_majora and I wrote a statement about the horrible "letter" on the AI apocalypse, the very first citation of which, was our #StochasticParrots paper.… screenshot of this link until the end of the image: https://
On Tuesday...the Future of Life Institute published a letter asking for a six-month minimum moratorium on "training AI systems more powerful than GPT-4," signed by more than 2,000 people, including Turing award winner Yoshua Bengio & one of the world’s richest men, Elon Musk.
While there are a number of recommendations in the letter that we agree with (and proposed in our 2021 peer-reviewed paper known informally as "Stochastic Parrots"), such as "provenance and watermarking systems to help distinguish real from synthetic" media,
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The very first citation in this stupid letter is to our #StochasticParrots Paper,

"AI systems with human-competitive intelligence can pose profound risks to society and humanity, as shown by extensive research[1]"

that one of the main points we make in the paper is that one of the biggest harms of large language models, is caused by CLAIMING that LLMs have "human-competitive intelligence."

They basically say the opposite of what we say and cite our paper?
The rest of the people they cite in footnote #1 are all longtermists. Again, please read…
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Back in 2017 Long Island Ice Tea - known for its undistinguished, barely drinkable sugar-water - changed its name to "Long Blockchain Corp." Its shares surged to a peak of 400% over their pre-announcement price. 1/ A graph depicting the Gartner hype cycle. A pair of HAL 9000
If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:… 2/
The company announced no specific integrations with any kind of blockchain, nor has it made any such integrations since. 3/
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The really remarkable thing isn't just that #Microsoft has decided that the future of #search isn't links to relevant materials, but instead lengthy, florid paragraphs written by a #chatbot who happens to be a habitual liar - even more remarkable is that #Google agrees. 1/ Tweedledee and Tweedledum, standing at the bottom of Humpty
If you'd like an essay-formatted version of this thread to read or share, here's a link to it on, my surveillance-free, ad-free, tracker-free blog:… 2/
Microsoft has nothing to lose. It's spent billions on #Bing, a search-engine no one voluntarily uses. Might as well try something so stupid it might just work. But why is Google, a monopolist who has a 90+% share of search worldwide, jumping off the same bridge as Microsoft? 3/
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Facebook (sorry: Meta) AI: Check out our "AI" that lets you access all of humanity's knowledge.
Also Facebook AI: Be careful though, it just makes shit up.

This isn't even "they were so busy asking if they could"—but rather they failed to spend 5 minutes asking if they could.
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Using a large LM as a search engine was a bad idea when it was proposed by a search company. It's still a bad idea now, from a social media company. Fortunately, @chirag_shah and I already wrote the paper laying that all out:…

In the popular press/general public-facing Q&A about our paper:……

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