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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 Most machine learning today is a form of bias-washing, used to legitimize the bad decision making that people just wanted make anyway.

@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

@kate That feeling when you do this and then go "oh no" as the realization dawns on you that you forgot to recompile after making changes 5 hours ago

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