Today, via email, I received an invitation to try Google’s new Bard Chatbot. After a limited, cautious demonstration in 2020, there’s now a limited public beta test. Because that protocol is the way to collect “valuable data” – at public scale. Sort of like a large clinical trial of a new medicine, eh . Meet… Continue reading Meet Bard – an early experiment by Google
AI tech and society’s slippery slope
Steven Levy commented this week on those heralding a “worst-case scenario” for AI – “how artificial intelligence might wipe out humanity.” At a gathering in New York City organized by the Center for Humane Technology (CHT) , a “doom-time presentation” evoked an apocalyptic tone: We were told that this gathering was historic, one we would… Continue reading AI tech and society’s slippery slope
Chatbot redux – synthetic coherent ‘Stochastic Parrots’
[List of articles in progress] Here’s a bunch of recent articles re AI-powered chatbots: ChatGPT, Google’s Bard, Microsoft’s Bing, … Here’s a useful context by Wired’s Steven Levy. • Wired > email Newsletter > Steven Levy > Plaintext (Feb 17, 2023) Hi, folks. Are your news feeds, like mine, loaded with “stories” consisting of reporters… Continue reading Chatbot redux – synthetic coherent ‘Stochastic Parrots’
ChatGPT – an illusion of understanding?
[Update: February 8, 2023 – see comments as well] Following the company’s investment in OpenAI, Microsft has released OpenAI-infused new versions of Bing and Edge. • LA Times > “Microsoft unveils Bing and Edge with OpenAI technology” by Dina Bass (Feb 8, 2023) – Tech giant upgraded its search engine and browser in hopes of… Continue reading ChatGPT – an illusion of understanding?
When your Mac or MacBook won’t turn on?
As premium devices, Apple computers generally are reliable and last for years. But there can be times – hopefully rare – when your MacBook, for example, won’t power on. Or at least not bootup. This Macworld article is a useful recap of troubleshooting tips. And, yes, it can be humbling to realize that the problem… Continue reading When your Mac or MacBook won’t turn on?