You have just returned home after a long day at work and are about to sit down for dinner when suddenly your phone starts buzzing. On the other end is a loved one, perhaps a parent, a child or a childhood friend, begging you to send them money immediately. You ask them questions, attempting to […] … learn more→
Voice deepfakes are calling – here’s what they are and how to avoid getting scammed
The AI arms race highlights the urgent need for responsible innovation
The recent frenzy over language processing tools such as ChatGPT has sent organizations scrambling to provide guidelines for responsible usage. The online publishing platform Medium, for example, has released a statement on AI-generated writing that promotes “transparency” and “disclosure.” My own institution has established an FAQ page about generative AI that calls on educators to make “wise and ethical […] … learn more→
What do university teachers spend their time doing?
The tasks and weekly work hours of university teaching staff are a constantly topical issue. Although it is in the universities where the majority of research and transfer in Spain takes place, and no one should dispute the importance of science, technology and innovation, there are still sectors in society that identify the work of university […] … learn more→
Evolution not revolution: why GPT-4 is notable, but not groundbreaking
OpenAI, the artificial intelligence (AI) research company behind ChatGPT and the DALL-E 2 art generator, has unveiled the highly anticipated GPT-4 model. Excitingly, the company also made it immediately available to the public through a paid service. GPT-4 is a large language model (LLM), a neural network trained on massive amounts of data to understand and generate […] … learn more→
After the thesis, why do a post-doctorate?
From the collection of data to the promotion of its work through the publication of a first scientific article, The experience of the thesis in management documents the challenges facing doctoral students. Based on feedback from young researchers, the book’s coordinators, Hugo Gaillard, Julien Cloarec, Juliette Senn and Albane Grandazzi, invite readers to put into perspective the questions […] … learn more→
How to facilitate equality in university jobs
Applying the gender perspective to the reality of higher education makes it possible to demonstrate the existence of inequalities and biases that cross the entire system . These inequalities also condition the daily interactions of the students. Especially with regard to group work, the evidence shows a tendency for teachers to evaluate rational, productive and public aspects. As we have analyzed […] … learn more→
AI information retrieval: A search engine researcher explains the promise and peril of letting ChatGPT and its cousins search the web for you
The prominent model of information access before search engines became the norm – librarians and subject or search experts providing relevant information – was interactive, personalized, transparent and authoritative. Search engines are the primary way most people access information today, but entering a few keywords and getting a list of results ranked by some unknown […] … learn more→
AI isn’t close to becoming sentient – the real danger lies in how easily we’re prone to anthropomorphize it
ChatGPT and similar large language models can produce compelling, humanlike answers to an endless array of questions – from queries about the best Italian restaurant in town to explaining competing theories about the nature of evil. The technology’s uncanny writing ability has surfaced some old questions – until recently relegated to the realm of science fiction – […] … learn more→
How can suicidal behavior be detected and how should we act?
The other day I found out that my friend’s daughter had attempted suicide. What a disappointment! Good thing she didn’t make it and that she’s recovering from the attempt. María, 23, is nice, has many friends and is studying medicine, which is the dream of her life. Apparently no problem. His friends would never have thought that something like […] … learn more→
Starseeds: psychologists on why some people think they’re aliens living on Earth
There’s a new group of people on Earth who believe they’re aliens. Star people, or starseeds, are individuals who believe they have come to Earth from other dimensions to help heal the planet and guide humanity into the “golden age” – a period of great happiness, prosperity and achievement. It might sound a little crazy but […] … learn more→