Really_McNamington t1_ja6vq1o wrote

Bold claim that we actually know how our brains work. Neurologists will be excited to hear that we've cracked it. The ongoing work at openworm suggests there may still be some hurdles.

To my broader claim, chatgpt3 is just a massively complex version of Eliza. It has no self-generated semantic content. There's no mechanism at all by which it can know what it's doing. Even though I don't know how I'm thinking, I know I'm doing it. LLMs just can't do that and I don't see a route to it becoming an emergent thing via this route.


Really_McNamington t1_ja4vs33 wrote

Look, I'm reasonably confident that there will eventually be some sort of thinking machines. I definitely don't believe it's substrate dependent. That said, nothing we're currently doing suggests we're on the right path. Fairly simple algorithms output bullshit from a large dataset. No intentional stance, to borrow from Dennett, means no path to strong AI.

I'm as materialist as they come, but we're nowhere remotely close and LLMs are not the bridge.


Really_McNamington t1_ja2k482 wrote

No, the rapture of the nerds is as remote as ever it was. From the article I linked-

>How are we drawing these conclusions? I'm right here doing this work, and we have no clue how to build systems that solve the problems that they say are imminent, that are right around the corner.” – Erik Larson

I probably spend too much time at r/SneerClub to buy into the hype.


Really_McNamington t1_j2k26bp wrote

Depends on the person. I can go weeks to months without speaking to anyone more than please and thank you in shops and not feel any lack. I have one friend who can't stand being alone for more than half a day.


Really_McNamington t1_iujui9f wrote

Apparently, the extraction and purification of rare earths gets really unpleasantly toxic. China can get away with things that might be harder to do elsewhere.