LLM, ChatGPT, and Luddites

I’ve seen a few articles and status updates of late calling those people who are against the development of large language models (LLM) like ChatGPT or Bard, ‘Luddites’. The focus of those articles is the potential that this technology will displace human jobs, exacerbate existing biases, or facilitate the spread of misinformation. Or all of this.

I wrote about Luddites back in 2014, after Audrey Watters spoke of them in her ALT keynote, and it’s why I’m getting annoyed at this again – saying those people who are against technological development are Luddites.

No. Luddites were not opposed new technology (weaving looms), they were against the misuse of the technology (mechanical weaving looms) in a deceitful manner to avoid labour laws.

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