Type Checking. This is a group of zealous academics (and their groupies and/or grad students) who believe that they can write programs that are smart enough to figure out what your program is trying to do, and tell you when you’re wrong. They don’t think of themselves as AI people, though, oddly enough, because AI has (wisely) moved beyond deterministic approaches.

This camp has figured out more or less the practical limit of what they can check deterministically, and they have declared that this is the boundary of computation itself, beyond the borders of which you are crossing the outskirts of civilization into kill-or-be-killed territory, also occasionally known as The Awful Place Where People Make Money With Software.

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