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kleinbl00  ·  125 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to recognize AI snake oil

The problem is a different one than people want to talk about: there's a bottleneck, either in speed or authority, and someone wants to code their way out of it. All the AI resume review stuff is exactly that: every department worth their salt already says that HR has no idea what to hire for, so HR says "well but we've got this skookum software that will pare the prospects down to useful prospects" and every department says "great, you go chase that squirrel" fully knowing that the positions are going to be filled from people they know and wondering again why the fuck HR exists.

Now, where's that list of AI training fails.

ilex  ·  125 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It feels like a lot of this tech comes from people who are relatively young and have no idea of all the complexities that go into the jobs they're replacing. Ditto with all the "fully automated" folks who have no idea how farming works.

And if you grow up thinking you're smart and "often right", it's pretty easy to solve a different, easier problem and then insist you've solved the original problem because everyone who disagrees with you doesn't have any legible criticisms.

zebra2  ·  125 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The Legibility link is very cool.

lil  ·  125 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In fact, so cool, I'll copy the recipe here:

    Here is the recipe:

    - Look at a complex and confusing reality, such as the social dynamics of an old city

    - Fail to understand all the subtleties of how the complex reality works

    - Attribute that failure to the irrationality of what you are looking at, rather than your own limitations

    - Come up with an idealized blank-slate vision of what that reality ought to look like

    - Argue that the relative simplicity and platonic orderliness of the vision represents rationality

    - Use authoritarian power to impose that vision, by demolishing the old reality if necessary

    - Watch your rational Utopia fail horribly

kingmudsy  ·  124 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You've put words to the thoughts I've had about some of my more Enterprising, Entrepreneurial, Mold-Breaking cohorts in the software world. I'm going to remember this next time I end up getting an elevator pitch I didn't ask for.