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Monday 29 January 2024

"AI for the rest of us", Part II

 My previous post (here) showed a useful if trivial example of Bing AI (here), not only replying in the addressed language but also quickly & easily teasing a relationship among related items.  Now let's look at a non-trivial common task, to summarise a 110 page document.


The prospectus for the re-purposed Cottenham.ai (here) is a comprehensive document: propose to help give 270 Cambridgeshire Peterborough Combined Authority (here) settlements a digital footprint, using AI tools as a showcase there. 

Researched & written by my business partner, I restructured and posted for ease of comment & review prior to selective sharing. It's quite easily done really... after 40 yrs. on-line in computer mapping (me) and digital journalism (him)! And we spent the last year or so studying Bing AI then Bard AI (here).

First order of business was to reduce the 110 pages into something an AI prompt could accept. Adding a link to the Google Doc didn't work, neither did pasting 110 pages. But I thought of restructuring it to condense the relevant text in the top 40 pages for ease of use, devolving the details below original Appendix to an Addendum for the long parts. All in an indexed document for ease of navigation. 

Stored in Google Docs made it a natural to try Bard AI... and the resulting 'short' text worked straight in the prompt! The longest part was reformatting the bullet list exported in awkward ASCII format - bullets are double stars and indents  triples, like bolding is single star and italics underscore before & after text string - but summarising was automatic and the result satisfactory. 

... This from a former scientist used to writing abstracts last, in a mind-bender to convey up to ten pages in a few simple paragraphs! 

This underscores, however, a point in the last of my AI series on Medium (here), that AI will work as a complement to rather than a replacement of human efforts: extend even allow erstwhile unthinkable tasks, but through human preparation and guidance; that is the promise and not the the peril of AI.

So while powers-that-be try to play God with AI, us humans can sure use a hand, as in Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel allegory. 

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Update: simply click on Executive Summary here (private Google Docs) to see it.

Saturday 27 January 2024

"AI for the rest of us"

 In my other blog (here) Language and mores, Part VII (here) described what I found out about my family's status as immigrants in our complex story of a pregnant mother's escape from Hungary and my siblings ½ generation later. When I later discussed how I thought my marriage ended, my family saw a Jungian influence in my thinking. Jung's disciple Adler apparently inspired Kishimi & Koga's recent best seller "The Courage to be disliked" (Google books). Ensued a three-language dicussion to understand what this was all about... Mum prefers our mother tongue Hungarian, my brother lives in Montreal and my sister in Paris.

Saturday 20 January 2024

Community engagement and social prescribing

 This follows an update on this blog here.

We recently rebranded Cottenham.info to Cottenham.ai: the domain name is acquired but page not done yet finished; we have a prospectus as an evergreen document, meaning ever evolving.

Our community involvement over 5 years in March is one object of this blog starting  here (follow the links) and listed here. We engaged with various community interest  parties at the impact of climate change then the pandemic on social isolation in East Anglia.

Thursday 30 November 2023

Fun with puzzle maps, part II

 Having moved from Cambridge to my family home in SW FR, I found the historic map puzzle i described here on a previous visit. 

Tuesday 31 October 2023

Community Interest Company blog recap

As I move away from Cambridge to SW FR in my family home, I will also exit socials and rethink my online engagement, where I lost all my pensions! I have also moved my domain to a new provider, which preserves this blog, Mind the Map and My Year in Kuwait above, but loses the superseded web page and my email now on Yahoo. I do, however, stay engaged with my Community Interest Company Cottenham.ai at right. See following post here.

Monday 30 October 2023

AI Prompt Engineering Trial 2

 

Community Engagement 1,... 202122 & 23


Updates: Medium prof channel reflects this here.

My post here, starting my experiment to convert my CIC (non profit) from Cottenham.info to Cottenham.ai, showed how can we use AI (Wikipedia) for good. My CIC started to address rural isolation in East Anglia in light of climate change and the pandemic (here and here). After a COVID hiatus forced this reassessment, the advent of AI piqued our interest beyond the hype in the press - see my companion Medium series on this topic, following four posts from The future is digital… only it’s not what you think! here - this lead into a curious interaction and my partner finding a new direction.

Wednesday 11 October 2023

"So long and thanks for the maps", Part IV

 Over 1½ yrs. ago Part I said that I left socials and geo work... well not quite! I did quit all activism and will soon return to my family home in France left almost 50 yrs. ago.

I left now by entering the 2023 Story Map competition with "a story about conserving Earth’s lands and waters": East Anglia Fenlands: Peatlands Restoration to mitigate Climate Change sums up my work in East Anglia under Cottenham Open - introduced here 4½ years ago as Local community engagement - you can follow my professional portfolio either at top right of my blog home in desktop mode, or my story map direct

Friday 28 July 2023

A tale of two maps, Part 2

A tale of two maps on my personal Medium channel (here) was the start of a series Speaking truth to power, to challenge prevailing myths in current affairs (end-of-series full index here).The undeniable truth of carbon emissions is illustrated by CO2 emissions by country and by CO2 emissions over time as well as Other fuels emissions. 

Thursday 29 June 2023

AI Prompt Engineering Trial 1

Community Engagement 1,... 2021 & 22


Update 2: See the next step here in experimenting with AI for good via this CIC
Update 1: See companion Medium article Stop AI scraping your internet data.

The previous post (blog) introduced how our CIC will attempt to find government source data of interest to East Anglia Parishes, in order to assist in creating web pages for all 254 of them. AI is used here to assist the task of seeking information then creating website templates over large numbers of sources to a large number of pages. This is in order to bridge the digital divide of rural citizens and their administrations, which are not plugged into centralised corporate or government ecosystems. We acknowledge the assistance of local Wikimedians (here), who are transforming voluminous IPCC (Wikipedia) reports into text the general public can grasp, retain and take action on.

Wednesday 28 June 2023

Cottenham Open CIC rebooted

Community Engagement  1, ... 12, 13, 14151617181920 & 21


Update: the next post (here) will show how a blog post on creating maps, is created by generating prompts  using Bing AI in a Udemy course on prompt engineering following STAR (style-task-audience-role).

Re-engaging après-COVID what is in LinkedIn, below & Esri HubPart 1 outlined Community Engagement. Part 2 built a story introducing the community. Part 3 tied together community maps and climate mapping. Part 4 introduced a process framework for this community engagement. Part 5 expanded on our aim toward a community engagement.  Part 6 added our own Wikipedia Gazetteer as we build up the local landscape. Part 7 showed a draft Press Release introducing our social enterprise. Part 8 on coastal inundation scenarios adds some parameters in the debate. Part 9 on temperature anomaly scenarios further constrains the debate. Part 10 followed up village engagement process via recent Parish Council update. Part 11 added flood risks to coastal inundation and temperature regime models. Part 12 described Cambridgeshire Parishes affected by sea level rise. And finally here we introduce AI with a local twist.