Bing! This chatty search engine is a writer!Read more: Bing! This chatty search engine is a writer!
Bing is no longer just a search engine. It’s also a chatbot which can chat with you and write email, blog posts and articles. The new Bing is powered by GPT 4, an artificial intelligence tool developed by Open AI, an American research laboratory in which Microsoft has invested billions of dollars. Bing can write…
ChatGPT assesses The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Wall Street Journal and the Financial TimesRead more: ChatGPT assesses The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times
The chatbot ChatGPT with its amazing ability to write anything from poems to articles in no time at all has taken the world by storm. The media can’t stop talking about it. Fed and trained on reams of data, it can write on anything from Shakespeare to social media. Along the way, it must have…
ChatGPT: A chatty, amazing writerRead more: ChatGPT: A chatty, amazing writer
Shock and awe were my reactions after my first encounter with ChatGPT. Words sprouted on the web page as soon as I finished typing my request for a parody of Shakespeare. In a flash, ChatGPT churned out a poem addressing the Bard that went: “Let’s see, how could we twist and bend your work, And make…
Raffles, Singapore, Calcutta and BengalRead more: Raffles, Singapore, Calcutta and Bengal
When a young man came to Singapore from Calcutta many years ago, he didn’t know he was following in the footsteps of Sir Stamford Raffles. The one difference: He came by air. Raffles came by sea — on the ship Indiana, with his deputy, Major William Farquhar, on board another vessel, the Ganges.
Tim Berners-Lee and his World Wide WebRead more: Tim Berners-Lee and his World Wide Web
Google tweeted today: “27 years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau published their proposal for a little something called the ‘WorldWideWeb’.” That was the first web browser.
Anthony Howard and the old New StatesmanRead more: Anthony Howard and the old New Statesman
I just came across Anthony Howard on Wikipedia. He was the editor of the New Statesman when I used to look forward to every issue of the weekly. Just out of high school, reading English as an undergrad, I had a thing about newspapers and magazines back then. Shakespeare and Wordsworth were all very grand…
Feedbin, Feedly, Inoreader, Newsblur: News aggregators comparedRead more: Feedbin, Feedly, Inoreader, Newsblur: News aggregators compared
The Readability bookmarking service was shut down on September 30. But Readability’s armchair icon can still be found in the Feedbin news aggregator. It’s what makes reading articles in Feedbin so simple and easy on the eye. Click on the armchair icon and you get to read the entire article from any website in a…
Hicky and Aveek Sarkar, Hastings and Mamata BanerjeeRead more: Hicky and Aveek Sarkar, Hastings and Mamata Banerjee
Reading about the first newspaper in India reminded me of Aveek Sarkar, the colourful newspaper proprietor. He is also based in the same city, Calcutta (now called Kolkata), where the Irishman James Augustus Hicky launched the Bengal Gazette or the Original Calcutta General Advertiser in 1780 (see image.)
The internet before GoogleRead more: The internet before Google
What was the internet like before Google? It’s time to look back because we just crossed a milestone.
William Zinsser: On Writing WellRead more: William Zinsser: On Writing Well
Journalist and writing teacher William Zinsser says in his book, On Writing Well: “I’m occasionally asked if I can recall a moment when I knew I wanted to be a writer. No such blinding flash occurred. I only knew that I thought I would like to work for a newspaper.” Zinsser, who was born on…