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Begun, the AI Wars Have.

Microsoft is going to incorporate OpenAI tools into everything they make, leaving Google no choice but to respond. Calling AI "the most profound technology we're working with today," Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, introduced Bard, which seeks to combine the breadth of the world’s knowledge with the power, intelligence, and creativity of Google's large language models. Bard is Google's answer to ChatGPT. As Yoda would say, "Begun, the AI wars have." Continue Reading →

AI in the Court

A judge in Colombia used ChatGPT in a medical rights case to determine if a child was exempt from medical costs. The judge asked the generative AI application a series of questions to verify information in the case, saying that – according to Colombian law 2213 of 2022 – a judge can sometimes use artificial intelligence software to assist with a ruling. Continue Reading →
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Yes. This is another article about ChatGPT. But it is also career advice for those of you who love ChatGPT, hate it, fear it, think it's a fad, and wish everyone would stop writing about it and those who are simply not paying attention. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, I want you to think about the following. Continue Reading →
Remember Kodak? For those of you who don't, Kodak dominated the photography industry (film and paper) for most of the 20th century. At its peak, it had more than 80% market share in the U.S. and 50% globally. By 2006, the company was destroyed by digital photography. Continue Reading →

Will you pay for ChatGPT?

OpenAI introduced ChatGPT Plus for $20 per month, offering general access to ChatGPT (even during peak times), faster response times, and priority access to new features and improvements. Continue Reading →

AI Detectors Unreliable

OpenAI, the creators of popular generative AI platforms ChatGPT and DALL-E 2, says the tool it developed to detect content written by AI only works 26% of the time: "While it is impossible to reliably detect all AI-written text, we believe good classifiers can inform mitigations for false claims that AI-generated text was written by a human." I would not classify a classifier that fails three-quarters of the time as a "good classifier." Just sayin'. Continue Reading →

Who Owns Generative AI?

Everyone is talking about generative AI products like ChatGPT, Midjourney, DALL-E 2, and Stable Diffusion (among dozens more), so it's clear that we're on the cusp of something exciting and new. What no one knows is where value will accrue. Continue Reading →
My Sunday essay was about Generative Synthetic Media. If you don't know what that is, have a quick look at the post, then go play around (pun intended) with some examples you'll find in this Google Research paper: MusicLM: Generating Music From Text. Continue Reading →
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Synthetic media, sometimes referred to as "deepfake" technology, is the use of AI and machine learning to generate realistic, digital media such as images, videos, and audio. This technology is already revolutionizing the creative process as both artists and artisans conscript AI-coworkers for production assistance. But in the coming months, we are likely to see this technology evolve into Generative Synthetic Media (GSM) which we will define (for this essay) as data-driven synthetic media (created in near real time and surfaced in place of traditional media). When fully achieved, GSM will revolutionize human communication. This is a bold claim, so it requires bold evidence. Let's review. Continue Reading →

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