I would feel a lot less conflicted about these ML tools if they were way more legible. Like, give me a sidepane annotating the sources from which a suggestion was derived.
Then, I could make a better decision about context. Like, when I google for an algorithm, I can see in the surrounding page whether this is a pretty common construct or whether I'm about to copy/paste from significantly complex code tainted by Oracle.
What makes this feel like less of an Upton-Sinclair-flavored conflict to me is that I'd be interested in exploring work with these machine learning tools whether or not I worked at github.
To be clear, I do not myself work on copilot. But, that github is building this stuff was an attractor. So, at least, I think I come to the brain damage honestly?
Might be shiny toy brain worms, but dang it feels exciting to consider the creative potential of rubber ducking and riffing with machines. Especially as someone with a lot of social anxiety who's exhausted by pairing with humans.
I realize the machine output is kind of pairing-with-humans at an async remove, but that takes the sting out of it. That's the core of my attachment to it, as probably my entire lifelong attachment to computers has also been. 😅
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