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ChatGPT and Fake Citations

Duke University Libraries: “…ChatGPT is an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot developed by OpenAI and launched for public use in November 2022. While other AI chatbots are also in development by tech giants such as Google, Apple, and Microsoft, OpenAI’s early rollout has eclipsed the others for now – with the site reaching more than 100 million users in 2 months. For some perspective, this is faster widespread adoption than TikTok, Instagram, and many other popular apps. What you may not know about ChatGPT is that it has significant limitations as a reliable research assistant.  One such limitation is that it has been known to fabricate or “hallucinate” (in machine learning terms) citations. These citations may sound legitimate and scholarly, but they are not real. It is important to note that AI can confidently generate responses without backing data much like a person under the influence of hallucinations can speak confidently without proper reasoning. If you try to find these sources through Google or the library—you will turn up NOTHING.  Why does it do this?

ChatGPT is built on a Large Language Model and has been trained on a huge dataset of internet sources. It can quickly and simply generate easy-to-understand responses to any question you throw at it. But the responses are only as good as the quality of input data it has been trained on. Its core strength lies in recognizing language patterns—not in reading and analyzing lengthy scholarly texts. Given that, it may not be the most reliable source for in-depth research. The following is a shortlist of what we’ve observed ChatGPT is good for and not good for…”

ChatGPT for Data Science Cheat Sheet

KD Nuggets: “…The problem that we are currently grappling with is one of expectations: some expect that ChatGPT is nothing more than a stochastic parrot that produces rubbish and is completely useless, while others seem to think (either pessimistically or optimistically, depending on who you ask) that ChatGPT will be taking over the world, while… Continue Reading

Key Agencies Missing from Central Freedom of Information Act Portal

Congress Required Common FOIA Website in 2016, We’re Still Waiting. National Security Archive Sunshine Week Audit Names and Shames Delinquent Agencies. Justice Department and Office of Management and Budget Must Act Decisively to Ensure Portal’s Success National Security Archive: “The public still cannot submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the CIA or other… Continue Reading

The AI hype bubble is the new crypto hype bubble

Pluralistic / Cory Doctorow: “…Blockchain was a solution in search of a problem. So is AI. Yes, Buzzfeed will be able to reduce its wage-bill by automating its personality quiz vertical, and Spotify’s “AI DJ” will produce slightly less terrible playlists (at least, to the extent that Spotify doesn’t put its thumb on the scales… Continue Reading

NIH Plan to Enhance Public Access to the Results of NIH-Supported Research

“Open science is a priority at NIH and across the U.S. Federal Government. Earlier this year, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) declared 2023 to be the Year of Open Science. This OSTP announcement included details on actions being taken across the Federal Government to advance national open science policy, provide… Continue Reading

ChatGPT Created Its Own Puzzle Game

Lifehacker: “and You Can Play It Right Now..ChatGPT’s new game is the result of a back-and-forth between the AI and one Daniel Tait, who was interested in seeing if the ChatGPT could recommend him a puzzle like Sodoku. ChatGPT responded with a list of five alternatives, all of which Tait had tried already. So, he… Continue Reading

Subjects: AI

The Quick and the Dead: building up cyber resilience in the financial sector

“Introductory remarks by Fabio Panetta, Member of the Executive Board of the ECB, at the meeting of the Euro Cyber Resilience Board for pan-European Financial Infrastructures, Frankfurt am Main, 8 March 2023 – “The proliferation of cyber threat actors combined with an increase in remote working and greater digital interconnectedness is raising the risk, frequency… Continue Reading

Grammarly’s new ChatGPT-like AI generator can do a lot more than proofread your writing

Digital Trends: “Grammarly, one of the biggest names in writing tools, is adding AI-generated text to its repertoire on the heels of the wild popularity of ChatGPT. Known as GrammarlyGO, this new tool is focused on improving writing rather than replacing the writer. GrammarlyGO will roll out in beta form to existing users in April.… Continue Reading