‘AI’ at Bologna: The Hair-Raising Topic of 2023

From Publishing Perspectives: Probably predictable, the busiest chatter in pre-Bologna Children’s Book Fair (March 6 to 9) messaging about “artificial intelligence” has a slightly shrill edge to it at times, along with assertions that “AI” is going to “revolutionize publishing.” Just as enhanced ebooks did, remember? And virtual reality. And augmented reality. And Kindle in … Read more

Does ChatGPT produce fishy briefs?

Lawyers are abuzz about the possible uses of ChatGPT. Could the artificial intelligence-powered chatbot write a persuasive legal brief worthy of judicial consideration? Given its limitations, we believe that’s unlikely. ChatGPT, a large language model developed by the San Francisco company OpenAI that launched in November, can draw only on sources available on the web; … Read more

AI-wielding tech firms are giving a new shape to modern warfare

From The Economist: Much of the Western military hardware used in Ukraine sounds familiar to any student of 20th-century warfare: surface-to-air missiles, anti-tank weapons, rocket launchers and howitzers. But Ukraine’s use of Western information technology, including artificial intelligence (ai) and autonomous surveillance systems, has also had a powerful, if less visible, impact on Russian forces. … Read more

What ‘AI’ Isn’t: An Interview With Thomas Cox on ChatGPT

From Publishing Perspectives: Of all the commentary about OpenAI’s model ChatGPT—and who hasn’t commented on it?—some of the more level-headed observations for the publishing industry may come from Thomas Cox, a specialist in computer science and the managing director of Arq Works near Oxford. Cox’s Arq Works focuses on software for the book publishing industry. … Read more

Tech Progress Is Slowing Down

From The Wall Street Journal: Nothing has affected, and warped, modern thinking about the pace of technological invention more than the rapid exponential advances of solid-state electronics. The conviction that we have left the age of gradual growth behind began with our ability to crowd ever more components onto a silicon wafer, a process captured … Read more

Getty Images Sues Stability AI For Copyright Infringement

From Search Engine Journal: In a lawsuit filed on February 3 and made public on Monday, Getty Images alleged that artificial intelligence company Stability AI, Inc., infringed on the visual media company’s intellectual property. The suit, filed in a Delaware US District Court following a separate Getty lawsuit against Stability in the UK, accused the London-based generative … Read more

Does AI Art Affect Indie Authors?

From The Independent Publishing Magazine: If you’ve spent any time on social media over the last few months, you’ve probably seen plenty of people sharing pictures of themselves that were “created” using Artificial Intelligence (AI). There are several apps currently available that allow people to share a few photos and instantly have them turned into … Read more

Google Stock Tumbles 8% After Its Bard AI Ad Shows Inaccurate Answer

From Investor’s Business Daily: Alphabet (GOOGL) tumbled Wednesday after Google’s parent company published a new ad for its Bard artificial intelligence chatbot that offered an incorrect answer. Google stock fell more than 8% after the ad fluke. Google posted a video on Twitter demonstrating the “experimental conversational AI service powered by LaMDA,” the company wrote. … Read more

Law Review v. AI

PG had too much time on his hands, so he decided to use ChatGPT to write an essay about the same topic as a law review article he came upon. For a bit of background, most law schools have law reviews. A law review is a periodical that includes articles that often discuss recent appellate … Read more

ChatGPT Is Making Universities Rethink Plagiarism

From Wired: IN LATE DECEMBER of his sophomore year, Rutgers University student Kai Cobbs came to a conclusion he never thought possible: Artificial intelligence might just be dumber than humans. After listening to his peers rave about the generative AI tool ChatGPT, Cobbs decided to toy around with the chatbot while writing an essay on … Read more

AI Generated Art for a Comic Book. Human Artists Are Having a Fit.

From The Wall Street Journal: Kris Kashtanova says doing the art for the graphic novel “Zarya of the Dawn” was like conjuring it up with a spell. “New York Skyline forest punk,” the author typed into an artificial intelligence program that turns written prompts into pictures. Then came the tinkering with the wording to get the … Read more

Me, Myself, and (A)I: Copyright Office to Focus on AI Authorship

From Lexology: According to a recent interview in December 2022, the U.S. Copyright Office (the “Office”) signaled that it would focus in 2023 on “legal grey areas” surrounding copyrightability of works generated in conjunction with artificial intelligence (“AI”) tools. While the agency is standing by its conclusion that copyright cannot be registered for a work created exclusively … Read more

Dark Horse AI Gets Passing Grade in Law Exam

From Futurism: An artificial intelligence dubbed Claude, developed by AI research firm Anthropic, got a “marginal pass” on a recent blindly graded law and economics exam at George Mason University, according to a recent blog post by economics professor Alex Tabarrok. It’s yet another warning shot that AI is experiencing a moment of explosive growth … Read more

An A.I. Translation Tool Can Help Save Dying Languages. But at What Cost?

From Slate: Sanjib Chaudhary chanced upon StoryWeaver, a multilingual children’s storytelling platform, while searching for books he could read to his 7-year-old daughter. Chaudhary’s mother tongue is Kochila Tharu, a language with about 250,000 speakers in eastern Nepal. (Nepali, Nepal’s official language, has 16 million speakers.) Languages with a relatively small number of speakers, like … Read more

OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic

From Time Magazine: ChatGPT was hailed as one of 2022’s most impressive technological innovations upon its release last November. The powerful artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot can generate text on almost any topic or theme, from a Shakespearean sonnet reimagined in the style of Megan Thee Stallion, to complex mathematical theorems described in language a 5 … Read more

25 Best AI Writing Software For 2023 (Best Picks)

From Demand Sate: Are you looking for the best AI Writing Software available on the internet? Well, you’re at the right place to get the answer to this question. Creating unique content has become more complex than ever in this digital era. The competition is increasing day by day, and it has become really tidy … Read more

Every book deserves to be heard.

From Apple Books for Authors: Empowering indie authors and small publishers More and more book lovers are listening to audiobooks, yet only a fraction of books are converted to audio — leaving millions of titles unheard. Many authors — especially independent authors and those associated with small publishers — aren’t able to create audiobooks due … Read more

Do Androids Tell Electric Stories?

From Slate: When Apple quietly launched a catalog of A.I.-narrated audiobooks early in January, it was surprising news, and it wasn’t. Robot narrators are not new: Alexa provides text-to-speech for Kindle content and Google offers a suite of artificial voices of various genders and accents for those wishing to publish “auto-narrated” audiobooks. The difference is … Read more

OpenAI Background

From Wikipedia: OpenAI is an artificial intelligence (AI) research laboratory consisting of the for-profit corporation OpenAI LP and its parent company, the non-profit OpenAI Inc. The company conducts research in the field of AI with the stated goal of promoting and developing friendly AI in a way that benefits humanity as a whole. The organization was founded in San Francisco in late 2015 by Sam Altman, Elon … Read more

Dreamstime is now accepting AI generated content under specific terms

From Dreamstime: Legal uncertainty is still surrounding the work obtained from AI text-to-image generators. AI software is trained on billions of images and afferent descriptions already on the web. Most popular image-generating softwares using artificial intelligence include Dall-E2, MIdjourney, GPT-3, Stable Diffusion by Nividia, Photoshop, Google tools, etc. Such software allows infinite creative combinations of … Read more

DeepL, the AI-based language translator, raises over $100M at a $1B+ valuation

From TechCrunch: Artificial intelligence startups, and (thanks to GPT and OpenAI) specifically those helping humans communicate with each other, are commanding a lot of interest from investors, and today the latest of these is announcing a big round of funding. DeepL, a startup that provides instant translation-as-a-service both to businesses and to individuals — competing … Read more

Will AI Make Creative Workers Redundant?

From The Wall Street Journal: ChatGPT has some wondering if artificial intelligence will make human creativity obsolete. Released in November by Open AI, the chatbot can quickly write readable prose in response to natural-language prompts better than most people can. When one of my colleagues asked ChatGPT for a 250-word summary of Umberto Eco’s philosophy … Read more

A new Chatbot is a ‘code red’ for Google’s search business

From The Seattle Times: Over the past three decades, a handful of products like Netscape’s web browser, Google’s search engine and Apple’s iPhone have truly upended the tech industry and made what came before them look like lumbering dinosaurs. Last month, an experimental chatbot called ChatGPT made its case to be the industry’s next big … Read more

Our Current Thinking on the Use of AI-Generated Image Software and AI Art

From Kickstarter: I want to share some of our thoughts on Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated images and AI art as it develops, because many creators on Kickstarter are understandably concerned about its impact on the creative community. At Kickstarter, we often have projects that are innovative and push the boundaries of what’s possible. And that … Read more

Can AI Write Authentic Poetry?

From The MIT Press Reader: “Time — a few centuries here or there — means very little in the world of poems.” There is something reassuring about Mary Oliver’s words. Especially in an era of rapid change, there is comfort to be had in those things that move slowly. But oceans rise and mountains fall; … Read more

Can AI Write Authentic Poetry?

From The MIT Press: Time — a few centuries here or there — means very little in the world of poems.” There is something reassuring about Mary Oliver’s words. Especially in an era of rapid change, there is comfort to be had in those things that move slowly. But oceans rise and mountains fall; nothing … Read more

Another game falls to an AI player

From The Economist: Backgammon was an easy win. Chess, harder. Go, harder still. But for some aficionados it is only now that artificial intelligence (ai) can truly say it has joined the game-playing club—for it has proved it can routinely beat humans at Diplomacy. For those unfamiliar with the game, its board is a map of … Read more

Picture Limitless Creativity at Your Fingertips

From Wired: PICTURE LEE UNKRICH, one of Pixar’s most distinguished animators, as a seventh grader. He’s staring at an image of a train locomotive on the screen of his school’s first computer. Wow, he thinks. Some of the magic wears off, however, when Lee learns that the image had not appeared simply by asking for “a picture … Read more


From The Wall Street Journal: Since Gilgamesh, apocalyptic prophecies have been a staple of human culture. These stories follow a familiar pattern: God will punish man for his sins by ending the world. But as faith has waned, the genre has taken a scientific turn, from Elizabeth Kolbert predicting mass extinction as a result of … Read more

What Young Readers Need

From Publishing Perspectives: Among the two days of B2B sessions programmed for the inaugural season of our Publishing Perspectives Forum at Frankfurter Buchmesse, an October 20 discussion called “What Young Readers Need Today: Children’s Publishing CEOs in Conversation” drew a strong audience of trade visitors and exhibitors. Frankfurt president and CEO Juergen Boos led the … Read more

The Body of Thought: On Markus Gabriel’s “The Meaning of Thought”

From The Los Angeles Review of Books: FLAUBERT ONCE SAID, “on ne peut penser et écrire qu’assis” (“one can think and write only when seated”), a statement Rodin seemed to endorse in his portentous statue The Thinker, which makes thinking look like an assiduous bout with constipation. Nietzsche took exception to Flaubert’s dictum, declaring: “The sedentary … Read more

AI is changing scientists’ understanding of language learning – and raising questions about an innate grammar

From The Conversation: Unlike the carefully scripted dialogue found in most books and movies, the language of everyday interaction tends to be messy and incomplete, full of false starts, interruptions and people talking over each other. From casual conversations between friends, to bickering between siblings, to formal discussions in a boardroom, authentic conversation is chaotic. … Read more

Top 10 AI Marketing Tools You Should Use

From CrunchHype:  The marketing industry is turning to artificial intelligence (AI) as a way to save time and execute smarter, more personalized campaigns. 61% of marketers say AI software is the most important aspect of their data strategy.   If you’re late to the AI party, don’t worry. It’s easier than you think to start … Read more

No Match

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity. Anonymous

Why Getty Banned AI Images (For Now)

From Plagiarism Today: Yesterday, Getty Images and iStock have announced that they are following in the footsteps of other art sites, including NewGrounds and Inkblot, in banning artwork generated by artificial intelligence (AI) from their service. According to Getty’s announcement, “There are open questions with respect to the copyright of outputs from these models….” They further … Read more

Working With AI

From The Wall Street Journal: In August, first prize in the digital-art category of the Colorado State Fair’s fine-art competition went to a man who used artificial intelligence (AI) to generate his submission, “Théâtre d’Opéra Spatial.” He supplied the AI, a program called Midjourney, with only a “prompt”—a textual description of what he wanted. Systems … Read more


The upheavals [of artificial intelligence] can escalate quickly and become scarier and even cataclysmic. Imagine how a medical robot, originally programmed to rid cancer, could conclude that the best way to obliterate cancer is to exterminate humans who are genetically prone to the disease. Nick Bilton

The Illusionist Brain

From The Wall Street Journal: Psychological science and stage magic are the best of frenemies. Both scientists and magicians attempt, for instance, to uncover the workings of the human mind, albeit toward different ends. The former seek to share their methods and results widely, for applications in medicine, education or management, or for the sheer … Read more

The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life

From The Washington Post: Google engineer Blake Lemoine opened his laptop to the interface for LaMDA, Google’s artificially intelligent chatbot generator, and began to type. “Hi LaMDA, this is Blake Lemoine … ,” he wrote into the chat screen, which looked like a desktop version of Apple’s iMessage, down to the Arctic blue text bubbles. … Read more

Academic Publishing: Elsevier’s ‘Research Futures 2.0’

From Publishing Perspectives: In its second round of research-into-research, Elsevier has returned to the field of its initial inquiry in 2019, when a study sequence was begun in an attempt to look at how research might look and fare in a decade. With input from more than 1,000 researchers in an internationally structured study, the … Read more

Synthetic Voices Want to Take Over Audiobooks

From Wired: WHEN VOICE ACTOR Heath Miller sits down in his boatshed-turned-home studio in Maine to record a new audiobook narration, he has already read the text through carefully at least once. To deliver his best performance, he takes notes on each character and any hints of how they should sound. Over the past two … Read more

Spies, Lies, and Algorithms

From The Wall Street Journal: Computers have transformed many institutions and professions in the 21st century, and the world of espionage especially. In “Spies, Lies, and Algorithms,” Amy Zegart, a Stanford professor of political science and an occasional consultant to intelligence agencies, has provided a lucid and sobering account of how digital and other technological … Read more