Sun, 11 Dec 2022
Take the example of containerized shipping. This is textbook automation, but the picture is not “replacement”, a line of clanking robo-longshoremen carrying bulky cargo from the bellies of ships. Rather, an entirely new task was imagined — moving and stacking enormous, modular containers — and it’s THAT task that was given to machines. It’s hilarious, if you think about it: “Ah yes, we automated this onerous human labor … by completely rebuilding the entire physical infrastructure of global shipping, fighting a pitched political battle along the way!”
Robin Sloan on ChatGPT and why automation is rarely about replicating existing tasks and more about reinventing process to allow machines to do them. It’s at the bottom after the bits about web platform experimentation which are also good.
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