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The AI Illusion

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Magician spreads deck of cards in fan shape with one hand.

GPT-3 is very much a like a performance by a good magician. We can suspend disbelief and think that it is real magic. Or, we can enjoy the show even though we know it is just an illusion.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is an oxymoron. Despite all the incredible things computers can do, they are still not intelligent in any meaningful sense of the word.

Decades ago, AI researchers largely abandoned their quest to build computers that mimic our wondrously flexible human intelligence and instead created algorithms that were useful—that is, profitable. Despite this understandable detour, some AI enthusiasts market their creations as genuinely intelligent.

From Mind Matters
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