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Daily Archives: October 1, 2023

The Truth About Hallucinations in Legal Research AI: How to Avoid Them and Trust Your Sources

Via LLRXThe Truth About Hallucinations in Legal Research AI: How to Avoid Them and Trust Your Sources – Hallucinations in generative AI are not a new topic. If you watch the news at all (or read the front page of the New York Times), you’ve heard of the two New York attorneys who used ChatGPT to create fake cases entire cases and then submitted them to the court. After that case, which resulted in a media frenzy and (somewhat mild) court sanctions, many attorneys are wary of using generative AI for legal research. But vendors are working to limit hallucinations and increase trust. And some legal tasks are less affected by hallucinations. Law Librarian and attorney Rebecca Fordon guides us to an understanding of how and why hallucinations occur and how we can effectively evaluate new products and identify lower-risk uses.

Adding a ‘Group Advisory Layer’ to Your Use of Generative AI Tools Through Structured Prompting

Via LLRX – Adding a ‘Group Advisory Layer’ to Your Use of Generative AI Tools Through Structured Prompting: The G-A-L Method – The emergence of Large Language Models (LLMs) in legal research signifies a transformative shift – Dennis Kennedy asks us to Imagine a world where expert advice is at your fingertips, instantly available, tailored just… Continue Reading

AI in Banking and Finance – September 30, 2023

Via LLRX – AI in Banking and Finance – September 30, 2023 – This semi-monthly column by Sabrina I. Pacifici highlights news, government reports, industry white papers and academic papers on the subject of AI’s fast paced impact on the banking and finance sectors. Four highlights from this week: European Central Bank Is Experimenting With… Continue Reading

10-point scale will help you rate the biggest misinformation purveyors

Ars Technica – John Timmer: “The world has been flooded with misinformation. Falsehoods and conspiracy theories bubble up on everything from the weather to vaccines to the shape of the Earth. Purveyors of this garbage may be motivated by attention, money, or simply the appeal of sticking it to the educated elite. For people who… Continue Reading

The Lies in Your Grocery Store

The New Yorker [read free]: “…Most people accept the gimmicks of food labelling. One lawyer can’t stomach them…Sheehan, forty-four, specializes in consumer-protection class-action suits. Specifically, he focusses on packaged foods, and on the authenticity of their ingredients and flavors. Sheehan has sued the makers of frosted strawberry Pop-Tarts (dearth of real strawberries), Hint of Lime… Continue Reading

How the Writers Guild sunk AI’s ship

Cory Doctorow – “No one’s gonna buy enterprise AI licenses if they can’t fire their workers. After a grinding, 148-day strike, the Writers Guild of America ran the table, conceding virtually nothing and winning virtually everything. The most consequential outcome will be data on streaming viewership. For the studios, these numbers are state secrets, revealed… Continue Reading

Firefox 118 brings browser-based website translation “Web browsers have had tools that let you translate websites for years. But they typically rely on cloud-based translation services like Google Translate or Microsoft’s Bing Translator. The latest version of Mozilla’s Firefox web browser does things differently. Firefox 118 brings support for Fullpage Translation, which can translate websites entirely in your browser. In… Continue Reading

H&R Block, Meta, and Google Slapped With RICO Suit

Gizmodo: “Anyone who has used H&R Block’s tax return preparation services in recent years may have unintentionally helped line Meta and Google’s pockets. That’s according to a new class action lawsuit which alleges the three companies “jointly schemed” to install trackers on the H&R Block site to scan and transmit tax data back to the… Continue Reading

Privacy washing: Google claims to support privacy while lobbying against it

Proton Blog: “In the public eye, Google presents itself as a champion of privacy. “Privacy is at the heart of everything we do,” its CEO said (new window / X-Twiiter posting). But behind closed doors, Google is telling a different story to policymakers and actively fighting against privacy laws that would protect you from online… Continue Reading