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Apr 19Liked by Parker Molloy

This is a phase of enshittification, no? First, Amazon is a place where buyers and sellers get together, a way for sellers to reach customers, but then the next step is for Amazon itself to become the seller, and cut all the other sellers out. First, Google is the intermediary, then it becomes the end point.

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Apr 19Liked by Parker Molloy

Looking at this selfishly, I worry my best path ahead is to join the Luddites. It's just so hard to allow these massive corporations to rip everyone off for massive profits in the disguise of "progress". But when it's all so ubiquitous and to stay on top of not contributing to the "downfall of society" (only slight hyperbole), it feels impossible to participate without quitting my day job.

What happens when journalism and quality content creators can't support themselves and stop producing? I don't want to live in that reality.

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Apr 19Liked by Parker Molloy

Thank you! I have been wanting to read that. Now that you have recommended it, it's going on top of my list! I wish I was a faster reader...

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"What happens when journalism and quality content creators can't support themselves and stop producing?"

I suppose writing and creating will go back to being a hobby for the rich., or a poor living for those the rich choose to patronize? Oh, you'd like to be a painter? I hear the Pope is looking for someone to do a ceiling.

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Apr 19Liked by Parker Molloy

Google results already blow chunks. I search for something and get at least 90% irrelevant information, like something that's from 2014 or reddit or quora etc that has nothing to do with my search. If AI can make that better then I'm all for it. Sadly that does not appear to be the case though.

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I had an unnerving experience with Google's AI that I related on I think Matt Pierce's site. I was looking for a copy of a particular statute I could link to so folks could see the exact wording. The first result was a website that I knew published the statutes I was looking for. When I clicked, I didn't get the website. I got an AI generated description of the statute with no link I could use. I had to type in the website address separately and search on IT to find the particular statute. Thanks for making my day SO much easier, Google.

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"an AI generated description of the statute with no link I could use"

If it's a high school term paper, you're required to cite your sources. Doesn't it provide links to the original content from which the AI-generated description is made?

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as far as I could tell, it didn't. The url was to some "private" site. I hope they will clean that up. I will say that MS Edge's little AI thingy does. I often use it to remind myself of the plots of books I have read a while ago. The basic common sites are Wikipedia and Goodreads if I need more memory jogging.

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