WIRED: How to Extract the Text From Any Image

WIRED: How to Extract the Text From Any Image. “THERE ARE PLENTY of reasons why you might want to pull the text out of an image you find online: instructions on a YouTube still, for example, or items on a printed menu, or inspirational quotes in your Instagram feed. Whatever the reason, there are text extraction tools that will do the job of recognizing and copying the words inside those images for you. As image identification techniques improve, these tools are getting better and better at accurately converting text in an image into usable, editable text.”

New York Times: A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?

New York Times: A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?. “GPT-3 belongs to a category of deep learning known as a large language model, a complex neural net that has been trained on a titanic data set of text: in GPT-3’s case, roughly 700 gigabytes of data drawn from across the web, including Wikipedia, supplemented with a large collection of text from digitized books. GPT-3 is the most celebrated of the large language models, and the most publicly available, but Google, Meta (formerly known as Facebook) and DeepMind have all developed their own L.L.M.s in recent years.”

UX Collective: The power of seeing only the questions in a piece of writing

UX Collective: The power of seeing only the questions in a piece of writing. “I’ve been watching how writers use questions lately, and thought: Hmmm, it’d be cool to see only the questions in a piece of prose. I probably started down this line of thinking because last fall I created a little web tool that removes everything but the punctuation from a piece of writing. That tool wound up being a pretty intriguing type of literary x-ray: I discovered, for example, that I use a ton of parentheticals (and way too many m-dashes). Since I already had the code for that, it wasn’t too hard for me to program a version focuses on questions instead.”

New York Times: Text Memes Are Taking Over Instagram

New York Times: Text Memes Are Taking Over Instagram. “Known in internet slang as shitposting, this style of posting involves people publishing low-quality images, videos or comments online. On Instagram, this means barraging people’s feeds with seemingly indiscriminate content, often accompanied by humorous or confessional commentary. A growing ecosystem of Instagram accounts has embraced this text-heavy posting style, which has exploded in popularity among Gen Z users during the pandemic.”

FedTech: History of Lorem Ipsum

FedTech: History of Lorem Ipsum. “Have you ever seen the term Lorem Ipsum on a new website? Perhaps you have even tried entering it on Google Translate, but no sensible results came through. Most people who see it the first time think they are in the wrong address only to refresh and come back to the same page. But, what is this mysterious text that you see on pages?”

Science Daily: Computer scientists develop new tool that generates videos from themed text

Science Daily: Computer scientists develop new tool that generates videos from themed text. “A global team of computer scientists, from Tsinghua and Beihang Universities in China, Harvard University in the US and IDC Herzliya in Israel, have developed ‘Write-A-Video,’ a new tool that generates videos from themed text. Using words and text editing, the tool automatically determines which scenes or shots are chosen from a repository to illustrate the desired storyline. The tool enables novice users to produce quality video montages in a simple and user-friendly manner that doesn’t require professional video production and editing skills.”

Nieman Journalism Lab: This text-generation algorithm is supposedly so good it’s frightening. Judge for yourself.

Nieman Journalism Lab: This text-generation algorithm is supposedly so good it’s frightening. Judge for yourself.. “…the creators of the text-generating algorithm GPT-2 played the PR game brilliantly in February when they announced that, well, it just may be too powerful to release to the general public…. In any event, now, nine months later, the folks at OpenAI have apparently decided that the infopocalypse is not right around the corner and released its secret superweapon GPT-2 into the wild.”