AI tools write with an “accent.” Here’s how to detect it
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AI tools write with an “accent.” Here’s how to detect it

AI tools like Anthropic, ChatGPT, and Perplexity generate text intended to mimic human writing. They’re pretty good writers. But they write with telltale signs that they’re not human; you might say they write with an “accent.” Any native speaker can tell when another speaker’s first language doesn’t match the one he’s speaking. If you’re speaking…

Some lessons about talent and teams from Caitlyn Clark’s first WNBA game

Some lessons about talent and teams from Caitlyn Clark’s first WNBA game

Caitlyn Clark, the college basketball record-breaker who shoots and scores at will from nearly anywhere on the court, just played her first WNBA game. She looked terrible. The Indiana Fever picked her first in the WNBA draft and, last night, played a sold-out game against the Connecticut Sun in Connecticut. To say Clark had a…

Care carefully; book bans stumble; AI evolves; Celtic clarity: Newsletter 15 May 2024
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Care carefully; book bans stumble; AI evolves; Celtic clarity: Newsletter 15 May 2024

Newsletter 44: Getting old means not giving a damn about stuff that doesn’t matter. Also, why you shouldn’t buy at Amazon’s book sale, Google and OpenAI announce great steps forward, why Joe Mazzulla is a profound philosopher, plus three people to follow and three books to read. On not giving a damn If you’ve had…

Human writing is creative writing; the publishing charade; atheist Dennett meets his maker: Newsletter 24 April 2024
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Human writing is creative writing; the publishing charade; atheist Dennett meets his maker: Newsletter 24 April 2024

Newsletter 41: When you subtract AI from writing, what’s left is creativity; ending garbage books; remembering Daniel Dennett; surprising truths about book sales; plus three people to follow and three books to read. Soon, only creative writers will remain. Huzzah! There are things AI excels at. Summarizing long documents. Finding patterns. Turning formulaic content into…