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__ingeniare__ t1_j4fry4r wrote

Even if it could code better than humans (like AlphaCode, that outperforms most humans in coding competitions), that's not the hard part.

The hard part is the science/engineering aspect of machine learning, programming is just the implementation of the ideas when they are already thought out. Actually coming up with useful improvements is significantly harder and requires a thorough grasp of the mathematical underpinnings of ML. ChatGPT is nowhere near capable of making useful contributions to the machine learning research community (or in other words, capable of writing a ML paper), and therefore it is incapable of improving its own software. AI most likely will reach that level at some point however, possibly in the near future.