Love your point that machine learning systems aren't designed for new input - things like GPT-3 just remix what already exists. Some people think humans operate the same way though - that no create act is truly novel. Who knows. But regardless, agreed that algorithms are probably shrinking the creative window.

That aside, these recommendations and autocompletions are especially pernicious because they seem so small and benign, to the point that we barely notice them happening. What's the big deal - you clicked on Descartes instead of Magritte today. But as we get hundreds (thousands?) of these algorithmic recommendations and autocompletions a day, the impact is very material.

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