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With the economy cooling, not as much news is coming out of big tech as there was in the second half of 2022. Instead – as evidenced by our top stories this week – tech leaders, pundits, analysts and readers have been delving into broader topics. (sometimes even philosophical).
For starters, are you still using CTRL+C and CTRL+V to copy and paste? (We’ll admit we’ve been guilty of that here.) In our main story, guest author Rosie Chopra of Magical makes a case for copy-and-paste methods worthy of the modern day of 2023. Another of our guest authors, Olivier Gaudin, calls for the C-suite to appropriate the code – which, according to him, is the most important asset of any organization.
And, of course, there was no squelching the conversation about generative AI, including ChatGPT and Bing Chat. Our security editor Tim Keary wrote about Blackbird AI’s new AI assistant for security analysts, and prolific guest author Gary Grossman explored the implications of Bing Chat’s Sydney chatbot – which made some pretty scary and cryptic claims.
And finally, our AI editor, Sharon Goldman, went beyond the hype, novelty, skepticism and outright hysteria surrounding generative AI in her column The AI Beat.
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Interested in reading more? Here are the top five stories for the week of February 20th.
Decades of technological innovations have transformed nearly every area of business. But for some reason most of us still use CTRL+C and CTRL+V to move information from one place to another.
While this method was truly revolutionary when invented by Xerox computer scientists Larry Tesler and Tim Mott nearly 50 years ago, it is extremely inefficient today.
In our lead story of the week, guest author Rosie Chopra of Magical calls for a smarter copy-and-paste method for the modern age, highlighting the fact that the existing form no longer meets the demands of business. Why are workers performing the mind-numbing, repetitive task of transferring thousands of data (numbers, text, images and more) from documents and websites to cells, fields and platforms when they could be working on more important projects?
The source code is the basis of every modern company, emphasizes Olivier Gaudin in our second article of the week. So why isn’t the C-suite taking ownership of the code and making it a priority alongside things like sales, marketing, security, finance, and HR?
To strengthen this critical strategic asset and maximize their business results, organizations must focus on code at the highest level. This transition will address a major issue that hasn’t been addressed for years: code ownership. Someone has to be responsible for managing the source code and the software.
Because today, who actually owns the source code often remains unclear.
Since OpenAI’s ChatGPT launched in November 2022, there has been a lively debate about the potential impact generative AI will have on enterprise security.
Security editor Tim Keary wrote this week about Blackbird AI, which uses generative AI to counter offensive intelligence operations. Notably, the defensive AI and risk intelligence provider announced the RAV3N Copilot, an AI assistant for security analysts.
The tool uses generative AI to create narrative intelligence and risk reporting to give defenders greater context for security incidents. It can automatically generate executive briefings, key findings, and mitigation steps to help security teams more effectively manage security incidents.
New York Times Reporter Kevin Roose had a robotic-type close encounter with a shadow that apparently emerged from Bing’s new chatbot – Bing Chat – aka “Sydney”. News of the interaction quickly went viral and now serves as a wake-up call about AI, guest author Gary Grossman wrote in this week’s feature.
What does this interaction with Sydney – who has suddenly declared her love for Roose and pestered him to reciprocate – say about the future of AI? And what should we do to ensure technology doesn’t evolve beyond humanity’s control?
Finally, AI editor Sharon Goldman described in her AI Beat column why she didn’t spend the week trying out Microsoft Bing’s AI chatbot or talking about how Sydney – the internal codename for Bing’s AI chat mode – made her feel, or if it scared her.
Instead, she indulged in some deep thoughts (and tweets) about her own response to Bing AI chats posted by others. Furthermore, she emphasizes, topics like AI regulation and governance are much more critical.
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