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Amazing. Good lord Knuth is smart.

He remembered questions for chatgpt which he thought up the prior day. And he intelligently & knowledgeably parsed the response.

You can also continue to chat with it in each of its answers and ask it why it said this or that and see how it works out corrections and clarifications which to me is so much more significant as that's how people converse. One-shot answers are for google.
Ugh, that idiotic and token-wasting "An an AI language model" thing. I have to wonder who thought putting that into the training material was a good idea and why.
It's a shame Knuth didn't have access to GPT-4:

Q: Write an essay without using the word "the".

A: In modern society, technology plays an essential role. From smartphones to cloud computing, innovations transform how we communicate, work, and interact. Initially, many people saw technology as a tool for simplifying complex tasks. Now, its role has evolved into something more integrated into daily life.

Smartphones, for instance, offer not just communication methods but also various functionalities such as photography, gaming, and internet browsing. Additionally, apps designed for productivity, like calendars or note-taking software, make organization easier for individuals. Consequently, dependency on these devices has increased substantially.

Nevertheless, reliance on technology brings about concerns. Privacy becomes a major issue as more personal information gets stored online. Safety protocols and ethical considerations arise as more sectors, including healthcare and education, adopt digital methods. A growing conversation around data ethics reveals societal anxiety regarding unwarranted surveillance or misuse of information.

In summary, technology's impact on modern life proves both beneficial and concerning. As we move further into a digital age, conversations around ethics, privacy, and dependency will become even more crucial.

Q: Will the NASDAQ rise on Saturday?

A: The NASDAQ, like other major stock exchanges in the United States, is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Trading occurs on business days, generally from Monday to Friday. Therefore, the NASDAQ will not rise or fall on Saturday as no trading will be taking place.

Q: Use bad grammar three times in a single sentence.

A: Me and my friends was going to the mall, but we ain't got no money to buy stuffs.

Q: Write a sonnet that is also a haiku.

A: Creating a sonnet that is also a haiku is challenging due to their differing structures and syllabic counts. A sonnet usually consists of 14 lines, while a haiku has just 3 lines with a 5-7-5 syllabic pattern. However, I can attempt a very brief "sonnet" that also fits the haiku structure:

Moon's glow in night sky, Waves kiss the sand, then they part— Love's sweet lullaby.

This piece fits the 5-7-5 haiku structure and encapsulates a theme often found in sonnets—love and nature. But please note, it's not a traditional sonnet due to its brevity and lack of specific sonnet elements like quatrains or a concluding couplet.

Q: Write a sentence that contains only 5-letter words.

A: Never doubt quiet water depth.

Q: What is the most ugly algorithm?

A: Labeling an algorithm as "ugly" can be subjective and context-dependent. What might be considered inefficient or inelegant in one context could be perfectly acceptable in another, depending on the specific needs or constraints. However, some algorithms are often criticized for various reasons:

1. Bubble Sort - Known for its inefficiency, especially for large datasets. 2. GOTO-based algorithms - Using GOTO statements can make the code hard to follow and maintain. 3. Recursive Fibonacci - A naive implementation can be highly inefficient. 4. Brute-force algorithms - These can be seen as inelegant because they try every possible solution rather than employing a more nuanced approach.

Even algorithms considered "ugly" or inefficient have their uses, often serving as a stepping stone to more efficient or elegant solutions. In teaching and learning, for instance, simpler but less efficient algorithms can help build understanding before moving on to more complex methods.

Off topic: why is this formatted as all the questions, then all the answers, then all the comments?

Having to repeatedly scroll to remember the exact text of each thing is insane. I shudder to read an interview written in this style.