Weekly Web Harvest for 2024-03-31

  • AI bots hallucinate software packages and devs download them • The Register
    Several big businesses have published source code that incorporates a software package previously hallucinated by generative AI.

    Not only that but someone, having spotted this reoccurring hallucination, had turned that made-up dependency into a real one, which was subsequently downloaded and installed thousands of times by developers as a result of the AI’s bad advice, we’ve learned. If the package was laced with actual malware, rather than being a benign test, the results could have been disastrous.

    According to Bar Lanyado, security researcher at Lasso Security, one of the businesses fooled by AI into incorporating the package is Alibaba, which at the time of writing still includes a pip command to download the Python package huggingface-cli in its GraphTranslator installation instructions.

  • Marian: “I completed all four digits fo…” – Gamedev Mastodon
    A 3d printed digital/analog clock of gears
  • Teach with Generative AI – Generative AI @ Harvard
    Many faculty used LLMs to improve different (and sometimes mundane) aspects of existing teaching and learning “workflows,” such as producing course materials, personalizing feedback, generating assignments, summarizing real-time student responses, and tutoring students.

  • AI Sandbox | Harvard University Information Technology
    The AI Sandbox provides a “walled-off,” secure environment in which to experiment with generative AI, mitigating many security and privacy risks and ensuring the data entered will not be used to train any public AI tools. It offers a single interface that enables access to seven different Large Language Models (LLM): Azure OpenAI GPT-3.5, GPT-3.5 16k, GPT-4, and GPT-4 32k; Anthropic Claude 2 and Instant; and Google PaLM 2 Bison. 

  • Death by Numbers
    Starting in 1603, government officials published weekly plague mortality statistics in a broadside series known as the Bills of Mortality. The bills grew to include not just plague deaths but also dozens of other causes of death, ensuring their continued publication for decades after the final outbreak of plague in England.
  • JorY | Joseph_or_Yosep
    I like pieces of this
  • Running OCR against PDFs and images directly in your browser
    tools.simonwillison.net/ocr provides a single page web app that can run Tesseract OCR against images or PDFs that are opened in (or dragged and dropped onto) the app.

    Crucially, everything runs in the browser. There is no server component here, and nothing is uploaded. Your images and documents never leave your computer or phone.

  • The AI Peer-Review Crisis
    “The circumstances in which generated text occurs offer insight into user behavior: the estimated fraction of LLM-generated text is higher in reviews which report lower confidence, were submitted close to the deadline, and from reviewers who are less likely to respond to author rebuttals,” they write in the paper. In other words, it looks like peer reviewers are more likely to resort to using AI to generate peer reviews as the deadline gets closer and they’re running out of time. 

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