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#### The Virtual Grad Student

Martin Haug, who is working on a LaTeX alternative Typst, asked me if I had updates on a LaTeX rant from 2011. I haven't seen any new serious backward compatibility...

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#### Blurry JPEG or Frozen Concentrate

Ted Chiang in a recent New Yorker article likened ChatGPT to a blurry JPEG, i.e. a "lossy compression" of the web. It's a good article but the analogy isn'tKolmogorov...

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#### Why Can't Little Chatty Do Math?

Despite OpenAI's claim that ChatGPT has improved mathematical capabilities, we don't get far multiplying large numbers.Typical for ChatGPT, the answer passes the...

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#### Responsibility

Nature laid out their ground rules for large language models like ChatGPT includingNo LLM tool will be accepted as a credited author on a research paper. That is...

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#### Back to the 90's

The current state of computer science reminds me of the early excitement of the Internet in the mid-90's. By the beginning of the 90's, computers landed in many...

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#### Meta-Complexity

I'm sure many of you long-time readers are asking, "Why all this big focus on machine learning in your posts and tweets? You are the 'Computational Complexity'research...

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#### Semantic Search for the Blog

As Google started to limit academic storage, I started looking at Google Takeout and started wondering what I could do with all that data. I downloaded all the...

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#### Positional Encoding

Given the excitement over ChatGPT, I spent part of the winter recess trying to understand the underlying technology of Transformers. After trying various tutorials...

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#### Complexity Year in Review 2022

Complexity result of the year goes toNP-Hardness of Learning Programs and Partial MCSPby Shuichi HiraharaConsider the following version of Occam's Razor: find the...

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#### FinTech is Dead, Long Live FinTech

Bill didn't feel he had the expertise to share new insights on the FTX affair. Never stopped me.FTX is nothing short of corporate malfeasance in a poorly regulated...

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#### The Future of Education is Personal

With all the excitement about ChatGPT, how will machine learning disrupt education, say five to ten years down the road?My guess: individualized tutors. Imagine...

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#### How do we keep the community connected?

A colleague said how they enjoyed watching the collapse of Twitter under Elon Musk. But I use Twitter to keep connected to the CS community. In Twitter I hear not...

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#### A Celebration of Juris

On November 4th I travelled to my undergraduate alma mater Cornell for a Celebration of the Life and Career of Juris Hartmanis who passed away in July. The workshop...

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#### Fall Jobs Post 2022

In the fall I try to make my predictions on the faculty job market for the spring. The outlook this year is hazy as we have two forces pushing in opposite directions...

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#### The Structure of Data and Machine Learning

Terry Tao entitled his 2006 Fields Medal Lecture "The Dichotomy between structure and randomness" and state the Structure Theorem: Every object is a superposition...

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#### Should you quit Twitter and Texas?

Generally with some exceptions, I use Facebook for personal stuff, LinkedIn for Illinois Tech stuff and Twitter and this blog for CS stuff. Many of you got to this...

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#### Cheating in Chess and in Class

In the 24th move of the second game of the 1978 Chess Championship, a cup of blueberry yogurt was delivered to the defending champion Anatoly Karpov who offered...

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#### Alpha Tensor

In a recent post, Bill used the announcement of a new AI multiplication algorithm to discuss the applications of Strassen's famous algorithm. For this post I'dAlpha...

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#### How Not to Pass a Polygraph Test

Many years ago I was asked to serve on an advisory board for an organization that did confidential research. To be on the board I had to have US top secret clearance...

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#### Art and Technology

Last weekend I went to one of Chicago's jewels, the Art Institute, and saw the opening of a new exhibit by Berlin-based artist Josephine Pryde entitled The Vibrating...