The AI Chatbot Race is ON!
With 100M people using OpenAI's ChatGPT and Google set to release their large language model (LLM), AI chatbot called Bard, this week, the chatbot race is full on. With billions, the future of search, and hype that reminds some of when Google was new, who'll win this race is uncertain even if the prize is immense.
ChatGPT Plagiarism Tool
OpenAI, creators of ChatGPT, released an "imperfect tool" to detect chatbot text. Since most websites will push AI-generated copy through other AI spelling and grammar checkers and other team members, we don't know who cares. ChatGPT has scared educators senseless, so your teacher may see if you cribbed your paper from ChatGPT.
iPhone Luxury Models Coming Soon
Apple CEO Tim Cook thinks some users will pay more for premium iPhones. "I think people are willing to stretch to get the best they can afford in that (smartphone) category," Cook explained, noting how his company's phone is "integral" to people's lives. Expect Apple's prices to rise and more luxury models ahead though Cook didn't mention when or how much.
Dell Latest Tech Layoffs
Computer maker Dell joins a long list of tech companies, such as Twitter, Meta, Microsoft, and Google, asking employees to hit the bricks. Dell has announced plans to lay off an undisclosed number of employees. Cuts are necessary to stay competitive, Dell Says, but we wonder if they're trying to offset the cost of those pricey computers.
Ransomware Hits Hundreds
Failure to install a software patch allowed hackers to spread ransomware to hundreds of vulnerable servers worldwide. Ransomware campaigns targeting VMware's ESXi software, something patched years ago, found fertile ground on servers not patched to prevent exploitation.
Can TikTok CEO Slow Bans?
TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will testify before the House Energy Committee to ease TikTok bans stemming from security concerns. Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers says, "ByteDance-owned TikTok has knowingly allowed the Chinese Communist Party to access American user data." Can't allow those commies to know how bad Americans dance.
Chippers Say No To China
Japan, the Netherlands, and the US have a mission - limit China's control over global semiconductors. Restrictions on the export of chip manufacturing tech are attempts to slow China's ability to ramp up a dominant semiconductor position. Free markets don't apply to semiconductors from China.
Benz Goes Driverless
Mercedes-Benz says to leave the driving to us, becoming the first to bring Level 3 automated driving to the US. But, of course, you're still the "designated driver" in the event of any mishaps, so don't text, play video games, or zone out while driving, at least not yet.
ChatGPT: The "Legal" Machine
In content we call "ChatGPT learns to take a shower," OpenAI's chatbot keeps passing exams, and they've done it again. After the AI bot passed a law school exam, leaving us all wondering if a robot will replace human lawyers. Let's hope ChatGPT has a heart and doesn't decide to sue us.
JD Sports Hack Hurts 10M
Time to change passwords or delete your account if you've purchased sportswear from JD Sports, Millets, Blacks, Scotts, and Milletsport brands because hackers accessed more than ten million customer records for orders placed between November 2018 and October 202. Hackers stole customer names, emails, addresses, and the last four digits of CCs.
Tech Layoffs Spur TikTokers Move from Glitz to Grit
After months of brutal tech layoffs, TikTok influencers are changing. TikTokers aren't flaunting perks these days; they are more likely to bring attention to unemployment, labor rights, and the recently laid-off. Is this a heartening change showing how social media can be used for good even as glitter drops away? Time will tell.
ChatGPT: Be Afraid, Very Afraid?
Last December ChatGPT started an AI tsunami still sending waves to the beach. There's a predictable "robots taking over the world" backlash even as OpenAI's tool gets used for everything from cooking to how to take a shower. Of course, we're kidding about the shower, but this CBS news post wonders if humans will be able to think in the post-ChatGPT world.