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Use Your Illusion |

In the case of Bing’s AI, it’s much easier to believe that this super-complicated AI has somehow “crossed the Rubicon,” as tech pundit Ben Thompson wrote, than to believe the far more obvious answer: that trillion-dollar Microsoft staked its reputation on buggy software rushed to market well before it was ready. That Microsoft hasn’t shut it off yet is a testament more to the largess of the announcement and the amount of reputation they gambled on it. That they have shortened the length of time someone can interact with the bot, as well as limited the number of questions a person can ask, is at least a tacit admission that the problem is their buggy software can only hold the illusion for so long.

Journalists like Kevin Rose and pundits like Thompson ought to be ashamed of themselves for falling for all of this nonsense.

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