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Humanist Archives: Oct. 24, 2021, 7:54 a.m. Humanist 35.318 - psychoanalysis by a digital doctor?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 318.
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        Date: 2021-10-23 05:43:58+00:00
        From: Ken Friedman <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.316: psychoanalysis by a digital doctor?

Dear Willard,

Given the state of the world and academic life today, I read your question is a
general way rather than a technical way. You ask:

"So far, I take it, systems have been designed to mimic, based on their
training sets. Is it conceivable given what we know now that such a
GPT3-like system could be designed not to mimic based on learned biases
but to deviate or extend ‘beyond the information given’ so as to
illuminate these biases?”

I often ask questions like this about human beings, particularly the human
beings whose training set includes education and research training in today’s



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