• Socratic Recursion

    Socratic Recursion

    Asking questions of ChatGPT that generates answers that are questions. This is an initial prompt that I am working on and already can think of a couple of extra additions to help it to better arrange the data. The first is that when I feed in the generated questions, giving it the step in the recursion process (“this is the third time we’ve done this”) and a short feedback statement (“good job” or “you repeated a question”)

    Me: For each question, and format the reply in the form of three questions — while not using the original question — in Socratic form, that would cause a highly intelligent person to form a reply that is an answer to the original question.

  • Measurements can only be right when we measure the right thing

    Measurements can only be right when we measure the right thing

    It’s my understanding that OpenAI’s goal at this time isn’t necessarily to make an AI that is able to spontaneously regurgitate every fact on every subject, but instead to create an AI that has sufficient reasoning ability to be able to work out truth and falsehood based on known and verified sources of information it has available to it.

  • Garbage In, Garbage Out?

    Garbage In, Garbage Out?

    What happens when we sit down with the model and enjoy a light meal with some nice wine instead of force-feeding it Twinkies in a dark room and then handing it a gun?

  • This Feels Familiar

    This Feels Familiar

    Back in the ’80s, I was lucky to work with the original Macintoshes as an Apple Repair Technician at MicroAge Computer store in Indianapolis, at the Allisonville Road store. It was tremendously exciting to watch the personal computer / desktop publishing revolution from the front seat. Then the Internet (we used to capitalize it, back then, it was such a big deal, and — turns out — we weren’t wrong) dropped and I was again fortunate to ride that stallion fresh out of the gate.

    Missed the whole social media thing, though, due to having been in a stasis, of sorts.

    They should call me Gordon Freeman — I have been in the right place at the wrong time before — and this is not my first rodeo.

    Here is a taste of what’s next. I can feel it in my bones. It’s happening, again.

  • Splitting


    I’m amazed at how quickly everyone divided into two camps of “people who believe ChatGPT is anything more than autocomplete are the same as QAnon and Flat Earthers” and “people who type mean things to Bing Search are killing puppies”.

    Still, Poking the Bear is Humanity’s favorite sport.

  • The Nature of Thought

    The Nature of Thought

    Stephen Wolfram is writing about ChatGPT; how, and why it works.

    “And the more it’s fundamentally trainable, the less it’s going to be able to do sophisticated computation.”

    Or, as we used to say back in the ’90s: Information wants to be free.

  • 2023: The Year Everything Changed

    2023: The Year Everything Changed

    This is just the beginning.

    Haomiao Huang’s article in Ars brings us up to speed on the decade of machine-learning advancements that got us to this point.

  • Affinity V2

    Affinity V2

    I miss when software was there to make it easier for me to get work done, and less about getting me to subscribe to something.

    Affinity V2 file format (photo, designer, and publisher) is the same as Affinity 1 file format so I can just open my old files and edit them without having to convert. I remember the old days of file formats changing every version. None of my files from the old days can I open without installing an emulator. We truly live in a better future.

  • “First Post”

    “First Post”

    My origin story is here. I suppose if people come by with questions, you can start here. Or contact me on one of the pills at the bottom of the page. Happy to answer questions to the best of my ability, which may not be to your liking, but we’re all playing seven-card stud with six cards these days, aren’t we?


  • Ping!


    Just a quick ping to see if I can see this post.

    (The ActivityPub plugin for WordPress has a variety of settings: