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Published in GigaBlog

The 8th World Congress on Research Integrity (WCRI) took place in Athens, Greece from 1st-5th June. GigaScience Press are regular attendees of this conference, and this year our organisation was represented by GigaScience Editor-in-Chief Scott Edmunds, Executive Editor Nicole Nogoy, and Data Scientist Chris Armit.

Published in GigaBlog

The Annual International Biocuration Conference (AIBC) was held for the first in India, at the Indian Biological Data Centre (IBDC), Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), Faridabad and co-hosted by the Department of Plant Molecular Biology, University of Delhi South Campus. As usual, GigaDB had representation at the event (see write-ups of many previous meetings here), Mary Ann Tuli and Chris Hunter. Both of whom were wearing two hats!

Published in iRights.info
Author Sarah Baumann

Künstliche Intelligenz, aber reguliert? Die EU legt die weltweit erste Verordnung vor, um die Potentiale und Risiken von KI-Systemen gesetzlich zu regeln. Der AI-Act enthält Transparenz-Pflichten für KI-Anbieter, Regelungen zu Deep Fakes, hohem Energieverbrauch und zu einigem mehr. KI-Systeme wie beispielsweise ChatGPT können Bewerbungen schreiben, Reisen planen, Studienarbeiten verfassen und sogar Kunstwerke nachahmen oder Stimmen imitieren.

Published in Politics, Science, Political Science
Author Ingo Rohlfing

Sourcely, an AI company, promises to streamline research by finding, summarizing, and adding credible sources in minutes. While this sounds appealing, skepticism arises as using such a tool may prioritize citing over genuine research. Initial tests revealed limited functionality, leaving doubts about its practical value in the research process.

Published in Chris von Csefalvay
Author Chris von Csefalvay

The awesome thing about language is that, well, we all mostly speak it, to some extent or another. This gives us an immensely powerful tool to manipulate transformational tasks. For the purposes of this post, I consider a transformational task to be essentially anything that takes an input and is largel intended to return some version of the same thing. This is not a very precise definition, but it will have to do for now.

Published in Chris von Csefalvay
Author Chris von Csefalvay

Say you’re busing tables and you’re trying to pass someone in a wheelchair. What do you do? Do you say “excuse me” and wait for them to move? Do you say “excuse me” and then try to pass them? Do you just try to pass them? Do you say nothing and just try to pass them? All of these are, actually, pretty legitimate answers. Now, say you’re a robot.

Published in Chris von Csefalvay
Author Chris von Csefalvay

It’s not every day that you find out you have climbed the exalted heights of another discipline. My work is pretty interdisciplinary, but it shocked me, too, that I’m apparently holding forth on neoliberalism and the epistemic question in African universities (archive link): This, of course, came at some surprise to me, as I have never written anything on the topic.