The Bitter Lesson

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Wow. Short, incredibly well-written, insightful. Here's a short snippet, but it's really worth the 4 minutes required to read the whole thing:

One thing that should be learned from the bitter lesson is the great power of general purpose methods, of methods that continue to scale with increased computation even as the available computation becomes very great. The two methods that seem to scale arbitrarily in this way are search and learning.

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