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Your idea that positing language as not very different from math or numbers ultimately implies that LLMs are a way to program the capabilities of humans and mask spontaneity is very compelling. It's also very interesting to contrast this with how LLMs are already branded - as a way to "free us up for creative/spontaneous work" (for writing, for example, or even in the newsroom, which is my domain specifically). This essay gave me lots of stuff to think about, as always!

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