My latest endeavour, writing a paper on the impact of AI for PR. It will include a Case Study for Gregory, the Multiple Sclerosis research assistant and his generic counterpart.

And in that I found out that the world of apps for academic writing for humanities and other non-STEM disciplines is incredibly bad.

While Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) have built their academic writing around Jupyter Notebooks to reproduce papers, and the LaTeX way of writing articles, we are left with Google Docs and Microsoft Word.

Jupyter Notebooks and LaTeX have a big learning curve that pays off in productivity or reproducibility. While for Humanities the document editors are simply more laborious and prone to mistakes.

And yes, I’ve spent the last two days splitting my time between writing and testing some LaTeX editors to find that none of them seem to fit me. Or I’m missing something in this quest for a seamless method of writing papers.

If you’re interested, so far the only app that came close was Scrivener.

The AI World is moving to consolidation

It will take a while for us to make sense of all the challenges Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings to society. Take a look at the episode of The Daily that dives into Deepfake Drake.

This month, an anonymous producer jolted the music industry by using artificial intelligence to impersonate the singers Drake and the Weeknd, creating a fake track, “Heart on My Sleeve,” that quickly went viral.

Joe Coscarelli, a culture reporter for The Times, talks about how the song’s rise and fall could presage widespread changes in the way music is made.

Also, a good comment from Vitor Domingos regarding a Reuters article.

Exclusive: Behind EU lawmakers’ challenge to rein in ChatGPT and generative AI

Vitor commented the following.

It’s interesting to see that the majority of AI regulation primarily concentrates on “how is the model trained?” and “does it utilize copyrighted material?” rather than emphasizing “what safeguards are in place?” and “which ethical framework is applied?”. This seems to suggest that regulators are more preoccupied with the economic aspects rather than addressing the societal and ethical implications.

Your tools for this week

Not much in terms of AI tools this week but I came across a few interesting ones. is not really AI, I think, but amazing none the less.

My friend Rui Carmo runs an hybrid mix of blog and wiki, and last week was researching apps to help you not use your mouse. It’s useful for people who have multiple monitors and want to cut down the mouse pointer’s travel time.

If you’re like me and appreciate the clever and appropriate use of a nice font, take a look at Typeline in the Creative Market.

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