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This is another effort to find some human skill or capacity that is at least different, if not better, than AI. "There are compelling reasons why human curiosity is needed more than ever in the age of AI," writes Anne-Laure Le Cunff, "and they stem from the fundamental differences between human and AI curiosity." The post offers a framework that identifies three key aspects of curiosity - processing, perspective, purpose - and tries to show how different they are for humans as compared to AI (not that people would really think of AI as 'curious' in the first place). I don't think it works because the descriptions are too surface-level. How do we know 'hunches and instincts to produce serendipitous discoveries' are actually different from 'processes vast amounts of data to uncover patterns'? The same mechanism could produce both results.

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