A quick test of Jetpack’s AI assistant. I asked it about H5P because I’ve been using and writing a bit about it recently.
Listened: BBC Radio 4 – Word of Mouth, Chatbots
BBC Radio 4 – Word of Mouth, Chatbots 1
Like lots of other folk I’ve been reading plenty about Large Language Models, AI & Chatbots and playing with some of the toys.
I really liked Professor Bender’s approach and method. I also found this a very easy listen. My mind has tended to wander off when reading blogs post about AI. Very clear on the “not intelligent” and the risks associated with chatbots trained on large piles of language.
And specifically the things that they’re predicting is what would be a plausible next word given all the preceding words here and then again and then again and again.
And so that’s linguistically interesting that once you get to billions of words of text, there’s enough information in there just in the distribution of words to stick with things that are both grammatical and seemingly coherent.
So that’s a cool observation and it’s dangerous because we tend to react to grammatical, fluent, coherent, seeming text as authoritative and reliable and valuable.
So instead of talking about automatic speech recognition, I prefer to talk about automatic transcription because that describes what we’re using it for and doesn’t attribute any cognition to the system that is doing the task for us.2
- I subscribe to the RSS feed of this BBC radio program as a podcast, pity you can’t find the feed on the webpage. ↩
- Ironically I used Aiko to get the text of the podcast for the quotes: “transcription is powered by OpenAI’s Whisper model running locally on your device” ↩
Bookmarked What I Mean When I Say Critical AI Literacy by .
Readings/videos on inequality/oppression created, exacerbated, or reproduced by AI/algorithms:
Interesting thoughts & a collection of links to look through. Holiday reading.
Cuddly Educational AI!
Interesting & scary thread for those at BETT and other education events. Linked abstracts worth a peek.
Something about this "Education AI" cuddly cuboid mascot, apparently greeting visitors to the big UK edtech show BETT this weekend, really freaks me out. It's like a fuzzy friendly black box disguising exactly what AI in education entails. pic.twitter.com/ieaZfofye2
— Ben Williamson (@BenPatrickWill) March 26, 2022
In this test face detection algorithms will determine how normal you are. 100% privacy friendly.
Experience how “artificial intelligence” judges your face
Fun ad fascinating via the daily pointers 06/05/21
The Gaia theorist, at 100 years old, is infectiously optimistic about the prospect of humanity being overtaken by superintelligent robots
But for Lovelock, the Gaia hypothesis will save us, because the machines will realise that they need organic life to keep the planet at a habitable temperature. (Even electronic life could not survive on an Earth that veered into runaway global warming.)
I read and enjoyed Gaia when it came out, Lovelock still sounds fascinating! I look forward to reading this.