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The Parrot Papers and Related Research


Dr. Tamaro J. Green

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2021-02-07 17:42:11 viewed: 661


On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big?, the Parrot Papers, shows how artificial algorithms can exhaust natural resources with the platforms that they run on and exhaust social resources if they are programmed inaccurately. Natural resources can be depleted if the large amounts of energy that is needed to provide these platforms electricity and cooling. Social resources can be drained if the algorithms developed promote offensive language in public dialogue.

In medicine, research papers highlight the trials that are conducted to ensure that a treatment is effective and safe. In sociology, research identifies proven methods for problem identification and remediation. In education, research is necessary for determining the best practices for educators. The emphasis on research that is placed on any other field of study should have the same high bar for computer science. The research process for computer science requires the same scrutiny as any other field of study.

The saga of the Parrot Papers brings attention to the need for inspection of computer science research. Computer science research demands a retrospection to improve the process and the outcomes. An effective computer science research process may limit the potential harm of artificial intelligence platforms.


Dr. Tamaro Green is a computer science researcher and the founder of TJG Web Services.  TJG Web Services, LLC is a consulting firm in the field of information technology.  Dr. Green writes on topics of privacy, security, and ethics in information technology and computer science.

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