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Google’s Gemini AI hints at the next great leap for the technology: analysing real-time information

Google’s Gemini AI hints at the next great leap for the technology: analysing real-time information

Google has launched Gemini, a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that can seemingly understand and talk intelligently about almost any kind of prompt – pictures, text, speech, music, computer code and much more. This type of AI system is known as a multimodal model. It’s a step beyond just being able to handle text or images as previous […] … learn more→

My favourite ChatGPT (ChattieG!) writing prompts

My favourite ChatGPT (ChattieG!) writing prompts

We have to talk about ChatGPT, or as my sister @anitranot styles it, ‘ChattieG.’ (which is both funnier and easier to say). The reaction to Chattie in academia seems to oscillate between moral panic (“OMG, The Youngs will cheat on their assignments!!”) and world-weary cynicism (“it writes like shit anyway”). Very few people seem to be talking […] … learn more→

Technology is stealing your time in ways you may not realise – here’s what you can do about it

Technology is stealing your time in ways you may not realise – here’s what you can do about it

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. Smart phones provide a palm-size window to the world, enabling us to do almost anything at the touch of a button. Smart homes look after themselves, and virtual meetings mean that for many, time spent commuting is a thing of the past. So we should have more […] … learn more→

ChatGPT turns 1: AI chatbot’s success says as much about humans as technology

ChatGPT turns 1: AI chatbot’s success says as much about humans as technology

ChatGPT was launched on Nov. 30, 2022, ushering in what many have called artificial intelligence’s breakout year. Within days of its release, ChatGPT went viral. Screenshots of conversations snowballed across social media, and the use of ChatGPT skyrocketed to an extent that seems to have surprised even its maker, OpenAI. By January, ChatGPT was seeing 13 […] … learn more→

Do animals have imagination?

Do animals have imagination?

Imagination, that faculty that allows us to create worlds in our minds, is not exclusive to human beings. Recent studies suggest that animals can also harbor forms of imagination and that they have the ability to mentally navigate and subjectively experience virtual worlds that open the doors to new forms of learning in a similar way to humans. The importance […] … learn more→

Why student experiments with Generative AI matter for our collective learning

Why student experiments with Generative AI matter for our collective learning

Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tools like ChatGPT based on Large Language Models (LLMs) are revolutionizing the ways we think, learn and work. But, like some other forms of AI, GenAI technologies have a black box nature — meaning it’s hard to explain and understand how mathematical models compute their output. If we as a society are to […] … learn more→

AI is now accessible to everyone: 3 things parents should teach their kids

AI is now accessible to everyone: 3 things parents should teach their kids

It is almost a year since ChatGPT burst onto the scene, fuelling great excitement as well as concern about what it might mean for education. The changes keep coming. Earlier in the year, MyAI was embedded into social media platform Snapchat. This is a chatbot powered by ChatGPT, which encourages teens to ask anything – from gift suggestions […] … learn more→

Long hours and low wages: the human labour powering AI’s development

Long hours and low wages: the human labour powering AI’s development

The Finnish tech firm Metroc recently began using prison labour to train a large language model to improve artificial intelligence (AI) technology. For 1.54 euros an hour prisoners answer simple questions about snippets of text in a process known as data labelling. Data labelling is often outsourced to labour markets in the Global South where companies […] … learn more→

Will artificial intelligence kill or save the media?

Will artificial intelligence kill or save the media?

Information search, content production, translation, detection of hate speech… generative artificial intelligence (AI) promises significant productivity gains in the media world . The media accompany us on a daily basis and are a support for democracy: they have the freedom to show different points of view and ideas, to denounce corruption and discrimination, but also to show social and […] … learn more→

The universe is expanding faster than theory predicts – physicists are searching for new ideas that might explain the mismatch

The universe is expanding faster than theory predicts – physicists are searching for new ideas that might explain the mismatch

Astronomers have known for decades that the universe is expanding. When they use telescopes to observe faraway galaxies, they see that these galaxies are moving away from Earth. To astronomers, the wavelength of light a galaxy emits is longer the faster the galaxy is moving away from us. The farther away the galaxy is, the more its […] … learn more→