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The Inflection Point of Large Language Models with Grant Barrett

Episode #1836 Thursday, March 9, 2023

ChatGPT, BingAI, and Google Bard are the latest examples of large language model machine learning - are we at an inflection point in technology? Carl and Richard talk to Grant Barrett of A Way with Words about the power of these new technologies to solicit reactions from many folks, including many tech journalists. Grant talks about how language conveys a sense of intelligence even when there is none to be had and the problems created by those assumptions. It is still the early days for these chatbots - will they rapidly improve or fade into another AI winter?


Grant Barrett

"A Way with Words" (https://waywordradio.org) co-host/co-producer Grant Barrett is an American lexicographer and linguist specializing in slang and new words. The public radio show is heard from coast-to-coast in the United States (https://waywordradio.org/radio) and around the world by podcast (https://waywordradio.org/podcasts). He has helped produce dozens of dictionaries and has authored three books of his own. He’s a voracious reader, reads and speaks a bit of French and Spanish, and spent years working in the jargon-rich jungles of information technology. Though born and raised in Missouri, and having been a long-time resident of New York City, Grant now lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, also a linguist and lexicographer, and their young son. His personal website is at https://grantbarrett.com.


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