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LLMs Are Still Faux Intelligence

Large language models are remarkable but it's a huge mistake to think they're "intelligence" in any meaningful sense of the word.

In the popular television game show Jeopardy!, three contestants are given general-knowledge clues in the form of answers and respond with questions that fit the answers. For example, the clue, “Fifth President of the United States,” would be answered correctly with “Who is James Monroe?” In 2005 a team of IBM engineers was tasked with designing a computer system they named Watson that could defeat the best human Jeopardy players. Watson used hundreds of algorithms to identify keywords or phrases in a question, matched these keywords to people, places, and things in its massive database, and then formulated possible answers. The more the algorithms agreed on an answer, the more certain Watson was that it was the correct answer. In Read More ›