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Stupid API question this morning so I

2023-12-04 18:40:02.945354+01 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Stupid API question this morning, so I blindly typed keywords into Google and it gave me the requisite StackExchange answer (after I refined to say "AppKit" to exclude the iOS answer), and it made me think about why I'm happy to participate in this stupidity when it's "search", but less so when it's "AI".

Some of it is a notion of data source, though deities know that your average StackExchange answer isn't that great, but... a place for introspection.

[ related topics: Artificial Intelligence hubris ]

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#Comment Re: Stupid API question this morning so I made: 2023-12-05 18:43:13.679442+01 by: meuon

Stack Exchange, Experts exchange, etc. are usually (used to be anyway) enough of an answer/clue for me to refine my search terms and find the real answer for the way I want to solve a problem.

My biggest issue in some searches (Asterisk is a great example) is that the amount of archaic documentation with bad clunky solutions from 10+ years ago pollutes the results. LLM Text Processors regurgitating old forum drivel into new fresh forms just makes it worse.

#Comment Re: Stupid API question this morning so I made: 2023-12-06 21:28:19.176625+01 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, in my recent searches, it's like "wait, people have been having this same damned problem for a decade? And nobody's fixed the software? Holy crap!"

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