Knowledge Collapse

Knowledge collapse is the paradox where increasing access to certain types of knowledge actually harms understanding.

If you visualize public knowledge as a collection of viewpoints that fit a normal distribution, the “collapse” is when the head and the tail drop off and the center is amplified.

A recent paper found that a “discount on AI-generated content generates public beliefs 2.3 times further from the truth.” While the paper centers on LLMs, there could be many explanations for the phenomenon.

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