This was an incredibly interesting trackback in the queue for this blog: an LLM-authored summary about a blog post of mine, linking back to it.
It’s better than a spun article to read, but at the end of the day, it’s not something I want to give oxygen to by allowing the trackback to go live here. Thanks to Si Dawson for backing me up when I asked on Mastodon.
I can’t find any information on the company detailed in the footer, so it’s probably an early LLM-generated splog.
Google has already plagued the web with all sorts of junk websites by financing them through ads (and leaving them up when they’re alerted to piracy). Its featured snippets have shared fake news, on queries I’ve fed in. It’s only going to get worse with this so-called “AI” content.
We might wind up with a two-speed internet all right: one with legitimate stories and one with computer-generated material. And the legit stuff will be outnumbered, just like bots on Facebook and Instagram overwhelming real humans, unless we can cut off their financial raison d’être. There shouldn’t be an incentive to put up fake sites, and again we must direct our gaze at Google.
It’s in our collective interest to isolate the bot stuff, just as we don’t make friends with bots in social media (or at least I hope not).