Dumbification, Deepfakes, and Continuing the ‘Tapestry’-Debate

Looking back after less than 60 days into 2024, it’s been an exciting year already. The Singularity Loading Bar moves forward, while top-shelf LLMs like ChatGPT and Gemini show significant loss in quality. Today, I share six new articles from the world of AI with you, which were published over at DaniWeb. And there is more in preparation: Stay tuned for an in-depth article about the current leadership crisis in the German Society for the Scientific Investigation of Pseudosciences, highlighting how ‘woke-issues’ are dividing the skeptical community – available soon at SkepticalInquirer.org.

1. How to Stay Safe in the Age of Deepfakes

AI-assisted scams are on the rise. How to tell what’s real and what’s not in a world of deepfakes? I have some suggestions:

>> Deciphering Reality in a World of Deepfakes

2. When ChatGPT Lost Its Smarts

ChatGTP Lobotomized

ChatGPT’s performance may just have reached an all-time low. Find out why the world’s #1 LLM has gotten lazy lately, and why things might even get worse:

>> The Lobotomy of ChatGPT

3. Continuing the Tapestry-Debate

Tapestry debate

Did you know that the use of the word “tapestry” in online news media almost doubled in 2023? The word “delve” shows a similar trend. For this article, I used corpus linguistics to trace AI generated content in news articles:

>> Tracing AI-Generated Content with Corpus Linguistics

4. How Tax Money is Wasted on Dead End Projects

Tax Money Burning

Only ~6% of federal IT projects in the U.S. are considered successful. Hence, with all the hype around AI, people should be careful where their tax money goes:

>> Wasting Tax Money on a ‘Thin Layer on Top’

5. Neuralink, China’s Acceleration, and Other AI News


Can 2024 outperform 2023 as the ‘Year of AI’? A rapid start into the year suggests that further progress on the Singularity Loading Bar is expected:

>> AI Frontier 2024

6. LLM Predictions for 2024

2024 Predictions

GPT-5 in September, a good year for Bitcoin, and the return of the Orange Man – discover ChatGPT’s wildest predictions for the new year:

>> What Does ChatGPT Think 2024 has in Stock?

This post is also available in German.

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