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Large language models (LLMs) like ChatGPT and Google Bard can provide some decent answers to certain types of questions, but these computers are ironically pretty bad at computing stuff. Google has a new solution to try to get language models to do simple tasks, like math, correctly: have the AI write a program. Google says that now when you ask Bard a “computational” task like math or string manipulation, instead of showing the output of the language model, that language model will instead write a program, execute that program, and then show the output of that program to the user as an answer.
Google’s blog post provides the example input of “Reverse the word ‘Lollipop’ for me.” ChatGPT flubs this question and provides the incorrect answer “pillopoL,” because language models see the world in chunks of words, or “tokens,” and they just

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