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Weekly News Digest

January 17, 2023 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Artificial Intelligence News Roundup

Leyland Cecco writes the following in “Death of the Narrator? Apple Unveils Suite of AI-Voiced Audiobooks” for The Guardian:

Apple has quietly launched a catalogue of books narrated by artificial intelligence in a move that may mark the beginning of the end for human narrators. The strategy marks an attempt to upend the lucrative and fast-growing audiobook market—but it also promises to intensify scrutiny over allegations of Apple’s anti-competitive behaviour.

Susan D’Agostino writes the following in “ChatGPT Advice Academics Can Use Now” for Inside Higher Ed:

Faculty members and administrators are now reckoning in real time with how—not if—ChatGPT will impact teaching and learning. Inside Higher Ed caught up with 11 academics to ask how to harness the potential and avert the risks of this game-changing technology. The following edited, condensed advice suggests that higher ed professionals should think a few years out, invite students into the conversation and—most of all—experiment, not panic.

Sindhu Sundar writes the following in “If You Still Aren’t Sure What ChatGPT Is, This Is Your Guide to the Viral Chatbot That Everyone Is Talking About” for Business Insider:

Since Open AI released its blockbuster bot Chat GPT in November, the tool has sparked ongoing casual experiments, including some by Insider reporters trying to simulate news stories or message potential dates. 

To older millennials who grew up with IRC chat rooms—a text instant message system—the personal tone of conversations with the bot can evoke the experience of chatting online. But Chat GPT, the latest in technology known as ‘large language model tools,’ doesn’t speak with sentience and doesn’t ‘think’ the way people do. 

That means that even though Chat GPT can explain quantum physics or write a poem on command, a full AI takeover is not imminent, according to experts.

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