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.”
Boing Boing: This website turns text into music. “Typatone assigns musical tones to letters. Start typing (or paste in any text) to hear original music.” I tried it. The music I made reminded me of some of those trippy Sesame Street animations from the early 70s.
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.”
Make Tech Easier: 6 of the Best Online Summarizer Tools to Shorten Text. “Using these nifty online tools, you can copy-paste text or URLs into a box, set your parameters for just how heavily summarized you want it to be, then click a big button to get the low-down on a given article in just a few sentences. Here are our favorite tools for this purpose.”
Analytics India: Google Releases Wikipedia-Based Image Text (WIT) Dataset. “Google recently released a Wikipedia-Based Image Text (WIT) dataset, a large multimodal dataset created by extracting various text selections associated with an image from Wikimedia image links and articles. It was conducted by rigorous filtering to retain high-quality image-text sets. “
The Verge: Facebook is making it easier to export text posts. “Facebook is rolling out a new feature today, allowing users across the globe to have the option to archive their posts and notes created on the social media site and transfer a copy of that data onto Google Docs, WordPress, or Blogger.”
The Verge: Google introducing a feature in Chrome 90 to create links to highlighted text on a webpage
The Verge: Google introducing a feature in Chrome 90 to create links to highlighted text on a webpage. “An upcoming feature in Chrome 90 will allow users to create a link to a section of a website that they’ve highlighted. First launched as a browser extension called Link to Text Fragment last year, Google has now added the feature within Chrome itself.”
Boing Boing: Web tool that generates flowcharts from text. “You type in words; they appear in a flowchart box. To make a new box with a pointer going towards it, you indent the line. You can link back to an earlier box by using its line number.”
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.”
Boing Boing: Hiding images in highlighted text. “Self-described ‘creative coder’ Neal Agarwal has come up with a method for hiding images in text that only appear when you highlight the words; I’m guessing he’s using some kind of character-by-character ‘highlight’ attribute in CSS/HTML5, but I’m not really certain.”
The Verge: Google Photos now lets you search for text in pictures you’ve taken. “Google made a subtle announcement today on Twitter: it’s in the process of rolling out new AI features for its Lens platform that will let you search your Google Photos library for text that appears within photos and screenshots. Then, you’ll then be able to easily copy and paste that text into a note, document, or form.”