the NYT AI explainer misses the point

In late March 2023, the NYT released a series of explainer articles about AI. The first article in the seriesYou can also read it on if you don’t have a subscription. characterizes the recent history of AI as a progression of new technological ideas appearing over time. Of course that’s partially true, but it gets the order wrong and misses important non-technical events that are key to understanding our current position.
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