ChatGPT, the AI that can write poems, emails, spreadsheet formulas, and more, has attracted a lot of negative publicity lately. Q&A coding site Stack Overflow temporarily banned users from sharing content generated by ChatGPT, saying that the AI made it too easy for users to flood the site with spammy answers. Then, New York City public schools prohibited students and teachers from using ChatGPT on school-owned devices over fears of cheating and misinformation. That's perhaps why AI21 Labs, an Israeli startup developing text-generating AI systems along the lines of ChatGPT, tried a different tack with its newly released assistive writing tool, Wordtune Spices. A part of AI21's expanding suite of generative AI, Wordtune Spices doesn't compose emails and essays like ChatGPT. Instead, it suggests options that change the voice and style of already written sentences, also offering up statistics from web-based sources to “strengthen arguments.” “We see new amazing AI capabilities introduced on a weekly basis — [AI systems] that generate images, audio, and text in a convincing human-seeming manner,” Ori Goshen, the co-CEO and co-founder of AI21 Labs, told TechCrunch via email. “With all the excitement, for these systems to become useful, they need to be robust, reliable, and explainable.” To that end, Wordtune Spices cites its work for each tidbit of information it profers, providing users with links back to the original sources. That's one better than ChatGPT, which doesn't always — or correctly — name sources, and even sometimes points to sources that don't […]
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