• Re: ChatGPT

    From JIMMY ANDERSON@VERT/OTHETA to POINDEXTER FORTRAN on Mon Jul 17 22:03:00 2023
    POINDEXTER FORTRAN wrote to JIMMY ANDERSON <=-

    Otherwise, I'm hoping AI is like the advent of step-programmable calculators, where people didn't have to do the grunt work of
    mathematics and could do the imaginative stuff instead.



    I think you're on teh right track here...



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  • From candycane@VERT/CONCHAOS to JIMMY ANDERSON on Thu Jul 27 20:38:00 2023
    JIMMY ANDERSON wrote to POINDEXTER FORTRAN <=-

    POINDEXTER FORTRAN wrote to JIMMY ANDERSON <=-

    Otherwise, I'm hoping AI is like the advent of step-programmable calculators, where people didn't have to do the grunt work of
    mathematics and could do the imaginative stuff instead.



    I think you're on teh right track here...



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    sure hope so, considering all the ai concerns nowadays and media about aipocalypses

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  • From poindexter FORTRAN@VERT/REALITY to JIMMY ANDERSON on Fri Jul 28 07:28:00 2023
    JIMMY ANDERSON wrote to POINDEXTER FORTRAN <=-

    Otherwise, I'm hoping AI is like the advent of step-programmable calculators, where people didn't have to do the grunt work of
    mathematics and could do the imaginative stuff instead.

    I think you're on teh right track here...

    I can't take credit for it - I had a calculus teacher in college who was enamored with programmable calculators as tools of freedom. He'd grown
    up in a world where most computations were by hand, and he saw
    calculators as a tool to free your mind. These were people who could
    draw spreadsheets and recalculate them by hand.

    We did all of our work with calculators. I had a cheap Casio FX-3600,
    could program in something like 40 steps. Other people had HP-41
    calculators that had a whole world of expansions, programs, and so on.

    He inspired something in me where computers went from gadgets to tools.



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  • From Dr. What@VERT/THEGATEB to poindexter FORTRAN on Sat Jul 29 08:11:00 2023
    poindexter FORTRAN wrote to JIMMY ANDERSON <=-

    I can't take credit for it - I had a calculus teacher in college who
    was enamored with programmable calculators as tools of freedom. He'd
    grown up in a world where most computations were by hand, and he saw calculators as a tool to free your mind. These were people who could
    draw spreadsheets and recalculate them by hand.

    Nice. I only had 1 college prof who liked computer (or computer-like devices).

    It was a calculus class and we had to draw graphs of functions and calculate the roots. I had programmed my TRS-80 PC-4 (with only 512 bytes of RAM) do do the Newton-Raphson Technique of finding roots. He saw me using it on a test and quietly asked me about it. When I told him, he said, "cool" and walked away. I think he was impressed that a student actually USED something he taught in class.


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