In what appears to be becoming a trend, I refined these thoughts a little and posted the slightly more polished version to twitter: https://twitter.com/ajroach42/status/1416824114296377347
and in what should be my standard going forward, I did one more pass and put the final result on my blog:
whenever people say AI will solve things we can’t I just think of Babbage: “On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”
I think I've never been more forcibly struck than today with the realisation that today's Web developers have never used 1980s BASIC systems and just have no awareness that computers used to be things you could both use and program interactively, in the same session.
We've deprived an entire couple generations of children of a basic formative mind-expanding experience of cognitive freedom, and now they're making tools that restrict other people's thought lives and see nothing wrong with that.
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