This week we feature articles from Simon Wardley, and Jakob Nielsen.
Additional reading comes from Sayash Kapoor & Arvind Narayanan, Rishi Bommasani, Kevin Klyman, Daniel Zhang & Percy Liang, and Alex Ratner.
News comes from Acquia, Adobe, Optimizely, and Expert[.]ai & Blue Prism.
All previous issues are available at https://gilbane.com/gilbane-advisor-index
Opinion / Analysis
Both articles this week argue that the current state of conversational programming with prompt engineering as the interface, is primitive, though directional. Simon Wardley’s post is a bit more technical, while Jakob Nielsen’s focuses on end-user usability.
Why the fuss about conversational programming
“In my last post on conversational programming I asked the reader to “get yourself ready for a world of conversational programming” but I wasn’t willing to call it for ChatGPT or the existing crop of LLMs.”
If you’re familiar with Simon Wardley, you won’t be surprised that he says we need to get to “code as maps”. Otherwise, see his previous post and perhaps some of his other links. (10 min)
AI: first new UI paradigm in 60 years
“I doubt that the current set of generative AI tools (like ChatGPT, Bard, etc.) are representative of the UIs we’ll be using in a few years, because they have deep-rooted usability problems. Their problems led to the development of a new role — the prompt engineer.” (5 min)
- It’s not so simple… Is AI-generated disinformation a threat to democracy? via AI Snake Oil
- Handy comparison table with details and scores for each requirement… Do foundation model providers comply with the draft EU AI Act? via Stanford Center for Research on Foundation Models
- Of course we need a platform… Snorkel’s Foundation Model Data Platform via Snorkel
Content technology news
Acquia enhances digital experience platform for personalization
Enables digital experiences based on knowledge gained from a broader array of channels, using anonymous, known, and understood customer data.
Expert[.]ai expands partnership with SS&C Blue Prism
Optimizely introduces Content Graph
Content Graph service extends the capabilities of Optimizely’s CMS by enabling flexible content delivery across channels and applications.
Adobe adds Firefly generative AI capabilities to Illustrator
Following Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Express, Illustrator is the latest Creative Cloud application to benefit from Adobe’s generative AI.
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