This week we feature an article by Boaz Barak.

Additional reading comes from Anna Kaley, Maria Rosala, Kara Pernice & Patty Caya, Rachel Andrew, Tom Davenport & Maryam Alavi, and Dean Allemang.

News comes from Brightspot, dtSearch, Databricks, and Snowflake.

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Opinion / Analysis

Metaphors for AI, and why I don’t like them

Boaz Barak finds metaphors very useful tools for facilitating understanding, but as Dennett ‘intuition pumps’ that leave out complicating detail. Barak is concerned that the use of metaphors to explain AI is leading to “over-interpretation”. In this excellent piece he looks at the ‘stochastic parrot’, ‘blurry JPEG of the web’, and other AI metaphors to make his case for caution. (13 min)

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