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Imagine a modern-day meeting room in a bustling corporate office, where executives and employees alike converse in hushed tones, no notes or minutes are taken, and their words disappear almost as quickly as they are spoken. Picture the scene: a CEO dispatches a critical strategy to her team, a manager

Continue Reading Gone in a flash: unravelling the mystery of ephemeral messaging

The creative process…

It’s 4:31 in the morning, a watery dawn is breaking, and I’m wafting down an almost empty M40 motorway heading to Heathrow for an early flight. The advanced autopilot features in the car are helping with the driving (in the UK it amounts to lane keeping and

Continue Reading The Road to AI efficiency: the trend toward smaller more performant AI and AI at the edge

The sci-fi fascination with AI is well established, long in the tooth and a lazy way of looking at the opportunities (and moreover the threats) presented by AI. But perhaps these once-fantastical ideas are rapidly becoming technological reality. That legislators, including the UK’s House of Lords, are looking seriously at

Continue Reading Building a smarter smartbomb: The Government responds to the House of Lords AI in Weapon Systems Committee

On 2nd February 2024 the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee (HoL) published its report on large language models (LLMs).

That report covered a variety of topics, with attention on two in particular:

  • what the HoL refers to as the ‘Goldilocks problem’ – or
Continue Reading Model behaviour: accountability, copyright, and the House of Lords Report on LLMs – Part 2

While much attention has been paid to the finalisation of the EU’s AI Act in recent weeks, developments in AI continue at a frenetic rate. On 2nd February 2024 the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee (HoL) published its report on large language models (LLMs

Continue Reading Who’s been regulating my AI?: Goldilocks and the House of Lords Report on LLMs and Generative AI

With great fanfare, and a Herculean final series of negotiating sessions stretching long into the night, political agreement on the EU AI Act was reached on 8th December 2023. This marked a big step closer to the first major piece of legislation regulating AI and its uses coming in

Continue Reading EU AI Act Update – Political Agreement Reached!

Today’s large language models (LLMs) are amazing, but use one for even a short time and the weaknesses of current LLM approaches start to show. While their ability to write recipes in the style of your favourite band’s lyrics is astonishing, logic and planning remain as area of poorer performance.

Continue Reading Grey area: getting cerebral about AI hardware and software developments

On 22 November, Lord Holmes of Richmond (Conservative) introduced the Artificial Intelligence (Regulation) Bill (“Bill”) into the UK’s House of Lords. Introduced against a backdrop of rapid advancement in international regulatory development targeted at artificial intelligence (“AI”), it is interesting to see a Private Members’ Bill

Continue Reading UK House of Lords introduce bill setting the stage for AI regulation

Thought for the day

I’ve been extremely busy of late and finding time to just *think* has been a challenge.

In the rare moments I’ve found time to think, I’ve therefore ended up thinking about thinking – what do I really mean by thinking? why is it important to me

Continue Reading In Two Minds: Towards Artificial General Intelligence and Conscious Machines