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Fascinating. I wonder if our current discussion boards on the interwebs can survive the coming influx of content like this and the next generations of it that follow.

There are a lot of SO questions posted by very weak non-native speakers of English and some of these are hard to distinguish from those. Kind of scary!

What possible positive outcomes do you see for this kind of (admittedly inevitable) capability?




AI will render political discussion between honest human strangers impossible on the open internet.

At some point this technology will extend into what's left of print, then talk radio, then TV. An endless supply of Markov punditry.


"Markov punditry" Nice coinage there.


:) I doubt it's original; it reminds me of the character Markov Chaney from Robert Anton Wilson's books.


I am actually a bit worried that I’m already starting to see search engine traffic coming in...

I hope that the good will outweigh the bad. I’d love to create an answer generator, for example.

Once enough questions are generated I’m going to try creating a classifier to see if a neural net can differentiate between real questions and fake ones.


> I am actually a bit worried that I’m already starting to see search engine traffic coming in...

Brilliant, now you only need to come up with a way to use this for good and keep (at least slightly) ahead of the cost in the long run.


You could put up a robots.txt denying all search engines.


But the issue is not just what he could do, but what malicious content generation systems could do.


The issue is, as stated:

> I am actually a bit worried that I’m already starting to see search engine traffic coming in...

We can discuss hypothetical systems that could maliciously flood us with generated content. The creator of this particular service which is being discussed here and now could also begin taking steps to ensure that his creation does not inadvertently create a problem for some hapless Google user.


Well, no. You have to read further up the thread to see the issue I was referring to.

>I wonder if our current discussion boards on the interwebs can survive the coming influx of content like this and the next generations of it that follow.

Yes the robots.txt is a good and trivial step he could take to ensure well behaved robots do not pick up his content. So your comment suggesting robots.txt is a good comment in its narrow frame, but one that missed the larger picture. That minor problem is solved. The interesting problem is of a different nature.


I was thinking the same, as my immediate reaction was to attempt to understand the question and formulate a solution


I was clicking through a couple funny ones but as soon as I got one[1] that fell into this uncanny valley I immediately forgot this was generated and tried to understand it, getting super confused.

[1] https://stackroboflow.com/#!/question/13535




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