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whenever people say AI will solve things we can’t I just think of Babbage: “On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”

@kate and this was how many hundreds of years ago

Gods preserve us from magical thinking

@kate I often think of the good old "garbage in; garbage out" saying.

@lanodan @kate also satirically known as "garbage in, gospels out"

@kate I am pretty sure that one of my jobs the company was asked to include that as a condition of the contract: the system will produce accurate output regardless of errors

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