Good Monday Morning
It’s December 12. Wednesday is the 10th anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook. Those murdered children would be busy talking about driver’s licenses and school dances right now. Learn how to join the vigil and protest outside the NRA at 10 a.m. Wednesday if you’re in the DC area.
Today’s Spotlight is 895 words — about 4 ½ minutes to read.
Spotlight On … ChatGPT
As technology continues to advance, chatbots have become an increasingly useful tool for businesses and organizations looking to improve customer service and streamline their operations. One of the key factors in the success of chatbots is the use of large language models to train them. These models allow chatbots like ChatGPT to understand and respond to a wide range of human inputs, making them a valuable asset for many different applications.
- Customer service: One of the most common uses for chatbots trained on large language models is customer service. By using these chatbots, businesses can provide quick and accurate responses to customer inquiries, helping to resolve issues and improve the overall customer experience. This can be especially useful for handling common questions or issues that may arise, allowing customer service representatives to focus on more complex tasks.
- Order processing and tracking: Another common use for chatbots trained on large language models is in the processing and tracking of orders. By using these chatbots, businesses can automate many of the tasks associated with order fulfillment, such as verifying information and updating customers on the status of their orders. This can help to improve efficiency and reduce the workload of human staff, allowing them to focus on more important tasks.
- Personal assistants: In recent years, chatbots trained on large language models have also been used as personal assistants. These chatbots can assist with a wide range of tasks, such as scheduling appointments, setting reminders, and providing information on a variety of topics. This can be especially useful for individuals who may have difficulty managing their own schedules or who need help with daily tasks.
Overall, chatbots like ChatGPT that are trained on large language models are a valuable tool for businesses and individuals alike. By leveraging the power of these models, chatbots can provide quick and accurate responses to a wide range of inputs, making them a valuable asset for many different applications.
P.S. ChatGPT wrote this. Here is a link to a short video showing you how amazingly fast ChatGPT writes.
3 More Stories to Know
1) Epson announced that it will no longer make laser printers after 2026. The company says that inkjet printers are more eco-friendly.
2) TikTok is continuing negotiations with the Biden administration regarding ways that the company can continue operating in the U.S. FBI director Christopher Wray has made multiple public statements about TikTok which he calls it a threat to national security.
3) San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors quickly reversed their decision that would have allowed law enforcement agencies to use robots armed with lethal weapons in hazardous conditions.
Trends & Spends
Trends and Spends has the week off because Google published its Year in Search feature that includes global searches in multiple categories as well as a drop down to show top searches in individual countries.
Did That Really Happen? — Electric Bike Graveyard
A hoax photo purports to show an electric bike dump in France filled with abandoned bikes whose owners didn’t want to pay for replacement batteries.
Snopes did some great research (read it here) and discovered that the bikes were in China and had been abandoned by a company going out of business.
Following Up — Log4j Exploits Continue
We wrote extensively about the Log4j hacks that occurred last December. At the time, government and large organizations warned that hackers would attempt to exploit this vulnerability affecting hundreds of millions of devices. Last week, security firm Arctic Wolf disclosed that more than 800 of its commercial customers had been targeted using this exploit during 2022.
Protip — A Chrome Browser Setting to Save Memory
For years, Google Chrome’s browser has suffered from overusing memory that caused it to slow down or even stop. Now the company has released a new version with a feature called “Memory Saver”. Read about how you can install it now ahead of its rollout date in a few weeks.
Screening Room — Uber Eats’ New Guarantee & the NFL’s OBJ
Science Fiction World — Smart Bandages
There’s news about an international group of researchers who have created a smart bandage that uses microelectronics that transmit data wirelessly and report back to medical teams on the amount of healing, presence of certain cells, or infection.
Coffee Break — The World Cup of Microsoft Excel
Mama, your boy can finally be an international competitor. We told you last year about the Excel Championships. This delightful article in The Atlantic takes a close look at this year’s spreadsheet championship complete with TV coverage on ESPN 3.