neural networks are only ever a filter on top of other people's labour. in no meaningful sense does eg google translate 'translate' anything: it looks at a corpus of how people have translated similar sentences before and constructs an overcomplicated model of how to mash them together

and in fact a neural network bears 0 resemblance to how a human brain works. the entire technology is based on a lie


even if we could construct a machine that mimicked the functioning of a human central nervous system and assume that some version of token identity (the idea that every mental event corresponds to a physical event) holds (it doesn't), trying to make such a machine capable of the kinds of complex tasks that are demanded of neural nets would be like trying to derive the rules of the road from the structure of an engine

finally the bit ai dorks are keen to skip over is that if they could create 'strong ai' — and they will not, because their project is based on a fake understanding of the mind, and because they're all incompetent con men who've bought their own hype — its use would be slavery. that's the goal: to eventually eliminate the part where ultimately a person somewhere is doing the machine's job for it, and produce a labour force with no rights

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