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Stephen Downes

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This is something I've also noticed while working with ChatGPT. It will appear to remember what you say, but it's not totally reliable. So when I day "do it the same as last time but make it green" sometimes it will work and sometimes it won't. Simon Willison says, "This can be quite unintuitive: these tools imitate a human conversational partner, and humans constantly update their knowledge based on what you say to to them." But I don't know about that. Ask a student to write a paragraph. Then give them a green pen and ask them to write the same paragraph. I'm pretty sure the two paragraphs will be different. Whenever we come up with something creative, we make it up from scratch almost every time, unless we have an eidactic memory, which more of us don't.

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