ChatGPT Is Not a Blurry JPEG of the Web. It's a Simulacrum. https://blog.domenic.me/chatgpt-simulacrum/
In which I try to provide a more accurate analogy for large language models, by summarizing @repligate's simulators thesis.
But the best part of having the simulators analogy handy, is that it prevents you from getting stuck in the contentless framing wherein LLMs are "just" text predictors.
a Schelling point for those who seek one
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