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Top 7 AI Trends To Watch For In 2023

The leaps AI made last year are expected to boost the digital transformation of businesses, while disrupting various sectors such as cybersecurity and autotech.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) surged in popularity last year, as both businesses and the public saw first-hand examples of its potential applications.

Companies like OpenAI released a wave of public demos, such as the advanced chatbot ChatGPT that has drawn the attention of Microsoft.

Text-to-image generators such as Dall-E 2, Midjourney and Stable Diffusion took the limelight, as millions of users began to create their own AI-generated art, to the anger of artists and companies such as Getty Images.

In its tech predictions for 2023, Dell Technologies Ireland said AI could become the “main engine of innovation” for the year, as more organisations adopt the technology to harness the full potential of data and support teams across a business.

The sector has shown no sign of slowing down so far this year, with OpenAI reportedly in talks to raise funds at a $29bn valuation, Apple rolling out an AI audio narration tool and Microsoft researching an AI model that can simulate anyone’s voice from only three seconds of audio.

Amid this rapid acceleration, experts have shared their top predictions for how the AI sector will evolve in 2023.

Watershed moment for natural language processing

In simple terms, natural language processing (NLP) involves teaching computers to understand language in text and speech. Various AI services that launched last year utilise NLP, such as ChatGPT and Meta’s controversial Galactica.

The market of NLP systems is estimated to be worth more than $341bn by 2030, thanks to its various applications in speech recognition software, chatbots and research-supporting AI systems.

A recent report from investment firm GP Bullhound predicts NLP will help companies improve their products, boost internal analysis such as document processing and help governments process large amounts of data.

“Recognising the scope and potential of NLP, tech giants are exploring further applications,” GP Bullhound said. “NLP is one of the few fields in AI which is not limited by data. Unlike training a self-driving car, NLP doesn’t require years of gathering data, like driving in different climates.

“With ongoing advancements in NLP, deep learning systems will continue to merge language, images, and real-life object detection to build models that replicate human intelligence.”

Cybersecurity: AI will boost attackers and defenders

As experts pointed out in recent cybersecurity predictions for 2023, AI has the potential to shake up this sector by improving defences and creating new possibilities for criminals.

Kelly Ahuja, CEO of Versa Networks, predicts that advances in AI and machine learning will let IT teams become more “agile” in reacting to threats, moving past previous approaches of fixing issues manually or with scripts.

“Leveraging the right platforms and solutions, enterprises will be able to stay abreast of the threat landscape and protect themselves from bad actors and build infrastructure that will adapt to the changing conditions,” Ahuja said.

At the same time, others such as Immanuel Chavoya, emerging threat expert at cybersecurity company SonicWall, believes new AI software will give threat actors the ability to quickly exploit vulnerabilities and reduce the technical expertise required “down to a 5-year-old level”.

There is also evidence that deepfakes – which use AI to create fake images and videos of real people – are being used to infiltrate organisations.

Autonomous vehicles have hurdles to climb

The autonomous vehicle sector took some leaps last year, with robotaxi services taking off in the US. Last August, Lyft and autonomous vehicle company Motional launched an all-electric robotaxi service in Las Vegas, with plans to have a fully driverless service in Las Vegas this year.

In June, self-driving car business Cruise became the first to secure approval to operate a commercial taxi service using driverless cars in California. However, a swarm of the company’s self-driving vehicles recently blocked several lanes of traffic at an intersection for hours, before Cruise employees arrived to fix the issue.

Market research company IDTechEx warned that the interest in these robotaxis seems to be on the decline, with the number of companies “actively working on roboshuttles appearing to have peaked”.

“Notable companies such as Local Motors have been forced to close their doors, while others like Continental and Bosch have shown concepts in the past but then gone quiet on the topic,” IDTechEx said.

There was evidence last year that various companies have been struggling in their autonomous vehicle ventures. Bloomberg reported last December that Apple’s self-driving car plans have hit a roadblock, with launch delays and a scale-back of its autonomous features.

A month prior, an activist hedge fund urged Google’s parent company Alphabet to cut back on its ‘Other Bets’ division, which includes autonomous vehicle company Waymo. TCI Fund Management said enthusiasm for self-driving cars “has collapsed” and noted that Ford and Volkswagen had pulled the plug on their self-driving car ventures.

Despite these issues, IDTechEx still believes autonomous vehicles have potential to grow significantly in the years ahead. The company said the conditions are right for autonomous trucks industry to “explode” in the coming years.

“There is a measurable and known driver shortage in the US, Europe, and China,” the company said. “A few factors drive this, key ones being an aging driver population without the necessary pipeline of replacements, the massive growth in e-commerce and the need for more freight on the road.”

Growth in AI-generated content

With the rise of AI-generated content last year, some groups raised concerns about the negative impact these systems can cause for original creators.

For example, an AI-generated artwork sparked debate last year after it won a prize in the Colorado State Fair’s fine art competition. The winning image was generated using the Midjourney text-to-image AI, and the creator was criticised by some for what they saw as a flagrant disregard for artistic practices.

Oliver Belitz, associate at the law firm Bird & Bird, said this technology could extend to other media types such as 3D models and videos, disrupting various industries.

“Instead of spending dozens or even hundreds of hours painstakingly creating a digital art image or modelling a 3D character for a video game, the future skill in demand will be feeding the AI with sophisticated prompts to achieve the desired results – in other words, the ability to guide and supervise the generative AI,” Belitz said.

Iván de Prado, AI head at visual asset provider Freepik, predicts this type of software will move into the mobile market, which will see more people creating and editing “fresh images for social media”.

“Mobile users will be able to explore AI-generated image galleries and integrate them into their projects,” de Prado said. “Handled wisely, the technology expresses human creativity, rather than replacing it.”

The mobile app Lensa AI surged in popularity toward the end of 2022 for its ‘‘magic avatar’ AI feature, which generates stylised portraits of users who submit images of themselves. Artists have raised complaints that this type of software impacts their work, while some claim their art has been stolen by these systems.

More AI risk assessments

The EU is continuing to move forward with its Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA), which is the first-ever legal framework on AI proposed by the European Commission.

First proposed in April 2021, the act aims to address the issues associated with specific uses of AI by categorising these systems into four different levels of risk: unacceptable risk, high risk, limited risk, and minimal risk.

The act is expected to move forward this year, with the potential to enter into force in a transitional period where standards are mandated and developed. The European Commission believes the regulation won’t be ready to enter full force until at least the second half of 2024.

Bird & Bird partner Tobias Bräutigam said it is important for organisations to adopt the assessment style and integrate these new requirements to their existing methodology. He said bigger corporations are already doing their own assessments for potential high-risk systems.

“Similarly, the AIA requires a “by design” approach, meaning that potential risks need to be identified and addressed before an AI product is placed on the market,” Bräutigam said. “This needs to be coordinated with privacy by design efforts.”

Collaborative AI

Some hype around AI in the past has led to fears that robots will end up taking over all our jobs. While AI does have the potential to take over some roles, experts such as Adonis Celestine argue that AI systems simply can’t function properly without “a human perspective”.

Celestine, the automation director of digital feedback provider Applause, said the concept of augmented intelligence is likely going to grow as AI becomes used in more industries.

This concept is defined by consulting company Gartner as a design pattern for a “human-centred partnership model of people and AI working together”.

“As we see more human intervention in AI, and use of larger data sets based on human experiences, we’ll see improved accuracy and personalisation of experiences,” Celestine said. “And where in some circumstances, this improved accuracy is nice to have from a user experience perspective, in others – such as healthcare – it is essential to get it right.”

Digital transformation through AI

Despite concerns about AI, it can’t be denied that this technology is able to accelerate the digital transformation of companies.

Last year, John Clancy from the Enterprise Digital Advisory Forum described AI as the “new fuel for the modern economy” and argued that companies need to open up to AI to be ready for the future.

As we move forward in 2023, experts believe Artificial Intelligence will continue to be a key part of digital transformation strategies in various sectors. Raza H. Qadri, the founder and CEO of integrated digital transformation solution provider Vibertron, believes AI will continue to influence corporate infrastructure decisions in almost all sectors.

“Bots specifically will become more sophisticated and could soon be the future of customer service,” Qadri said.

Celestine thinks the shortage of doctors in the UK and Europe will lead to AI playing a bigger role in frontline healthcare this year, while the travel sector will be boosted through AI assistants.

“These automated assistants will help to create a more consistent travel experience,” Celestine said. “They will manage the entire process from arriving at the airport to boarding a flight, to booking a taxi upon arrival at your destination and checking you into your hotel.”


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Living in a surfer’s paradise! Chic townhouse with incredible floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking beach in Cornwall goes on the market for £2.75million

A chic townhouse with breathtaking views over a surfer’s paradise has gone on the market for £2.75m.

Gwel Tresla has incredible floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the surf mecca of Polzeath, Cornwall, and even has a sky hammock to take full advantage of the panoramic views.

The five-bedroom home is one of three striking contemporary townhouses completed in 2020 with high specifications and smart technology throughout and has been a successful holiday let with Latitude 50.

The property is arranged over four storeys with reversed living accommodation to make the most of its incredible beachfront and west-facing position, which means the owners will get to enjoy spectacular sunsets.

It has 2,863 sq ft of accommodation with the entrance lobby and a double bedroom with en suite on the ground floor, and four bedrooms and four bathrooms on the first floor.

Gwel Tresla in Polzeath, Cornwall is on the housing market for £2.75million

Gwel Tresla in Polzeath, Cornwall is on the housing market for £2.75million

The property is located in the small seaside resort village overlooking the beach that is popular with surfers

The property is located in the small seaside resort village overlooking the beach that is popular with surfers

The property is arranged over four storeys with reversed living accommodation to make the most of its incredible beachfront and west-facing position

The property is arranged over four storeys with reversed living accommodation to make the most of its incredible beachfront and west-facing position

On the second floor there is an impressive open plan living space with a kitchen/dining area

On the second floor there is an impressive open plan living space with a kitchen/dining area

The kitchen has a breakfast bar where the owners can enjoy a meal as daylight shines in through the floor-to-ceiling windows

The kitchen has a breakfast bar where the owners can enjoy a meal as daylight shines in through the floor-to-ceiling windows

There is a built-in-bar on the other side of the kitchen which is perfect when hosting guests

There is a built-in-bar on the other side of the kitchen which is perfect when hosting guests

On the second floor there is an impressive open plan living space with a kitchen/dining area with built-in bar at one end and a living area with a vaulted ceiling and a sea-facing balcony at the other.

The top floor has another living area/TV room with the sky hammock looking out over the beach and a bathroom. There is also a large covered terrace with built-in outdoor kitchen and barbecue.

Outside there is secure underground parking for two cars, a lockable surf and equipment store and outdoor hot and cold showers.

The house is just 25 yards from Polzeath Beach, a popular holiday spot with safe bathing and surfing and a vast expanse of beach.

Polzeath is close to the other popular resorts of Rock and Padstow and has a number of excellent restaurants and pubs nearby, great watersports opportunities and walking and golf.

The reversed living accommodation allows the owners to enjoy beautiful sunsets from the living room

The reversed living accommodation allows the owners to enjoy beautiful sunsets from the living room

The top floor has another living area that leads out onto a large covered terrace

The top floor has another living area that leads out onto a large covered terrace

There is a sky hammock on the top floor looking out over the beach

There is a sky hammock on the top floor looking out over the beach

The covered terrace has built-in outdoor kitchen, barbecue and seating

The covered terrace has built-in outdoor kitchen, barbecue and seating

Josephine Ashby from John Bray Estates said: ‘This striking architectural design, by Studio Arc Architects, delivers on all fronts, with breath-taking coastal views from all the principal rooms, and high specifications and smart technology throughout.

‘Completed in 2020, Gwel Trelsa is the dream beachfront property, offering comfortable and spacious accommodation that seamlessly blends comfort and luxury, resulting in a highly desirable family home or holiday home.

‘Situated in a prime frontline position at Polzeath, Gwel Trelsa commands front line views across the beach and over the surrounding coastline.’

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The 11 things that make your garden look tacky, revealed by a top expert – including the flower colour that just screams cheap

A well-maintained garden may be a relaxing retreat – but it can also boost the kerb appeal and even the value of your home.

But, if done the wrong way, efforts to enhance your outside space can leave it looking cheap.

From choosing the wrong plant pots to – counterintuitively – being too tidy, the Mail’s gardening editor looks at the 11 common errors that can cheapen your garden, rather than helping it thrive. 

When tidy is too tidy

Many of us were brought up with strict ideas about well-kept gardens, with lawns neatly mown and weeds all pulled up. But that is no longer the prevailing aesthetic.

Letting go a little and being slightly untidy can lead to a more expensive looking haven. And leaving self-sown plants in summer and seed heads over winter will make your garden look more expensively abundant. Phew!

Wildflower beds with self-sown plants are now the prevailing aesthetic

Wildflower beds with self-sown plants are now the prevailing aesthetic 

Yellow’s not mellow

Don’t get me wrong, I have a soft spot for bright yellow flowers such as daffodils and sunflowers. But such garish flowers must be used in the right context.

Expansive garden beds the colour of a hi-vis vest? It’s a no. Yellow is difficult to match with other colours and should be used sparingly.

The perils of artificial grass

The quickest way to make your garden look cheap is to lay artificial turf. Used widely in sporting venues, fake grass became popular because it doesn’t need to be mowed or watered so is seen as low-maintenance and hard-wearing. But it almost always looks naff.

Plus, the disadvantages far outweigh the benefits. It is ruinous for wildlife and adds to global warming by absorbing more radiation than living grass, which acts as a carbon sink. Natural lawns allow rainwater to be soaked up, whereas artificial grass can cause run-off after heavy rainfall leading to flooding.

In hot weather, it can reach dangerous temperatures, especially for pets who might burn their paws. Plus, it only has a lifespan of ten to 20 years, after which time it is difficult to recycle.

 Soulless bare fences

Fences without greenery can make your garden look boxy and cheap. There are plenty of easy climbers you can plant to soften the feel and make your garden look more high-end.

Star Jasmine is a lovely evergreen with pretty white flowers, while climbing hydrangea is good for a shady corner.

If you want privacy, remember evergreen hedges can’t be more than 2m high, according to the High Hedges Act. Instead try planting deciduous silver birch trees with attractive white trunks and green foliage in summer when you are out in the garden.

Don’t settle for plastic furniture

Moulded plastic chairs are unsightly and should be avoided at all costs. Plus, they’re uncomfortable and topple if you lean too far back, or slice into any bare flesh unfortunate enough to touch the seat.

If your budget won’t stretch to buying new wood, rattan or metal alternatives, search local online groups to see if anyone has second hand deck chairs or outdoor dining sets on offer.

If you are willing to buy something preloved and weathered, it can often cost less but look more expensive.

Thin borders, a thing of the past

Narrow flower beds around the edge of a rectangular lawn used to be thought of as the ideal garden design, but these days it just looks scrimping.

Borders should be at least a metre deep to allow for multi-layered planting. Don’t just put them around the perimeter of your garden. Flower beds used to divide up a space add a touch of mystery and look much classier.

Gadgets and gazebos

Barbecues, fire pits, corner sofas, gazebos, over-sized paddling pools – its easy for your outdoor space to become cluttered with so many garden gadgets you can’t move around without tripping over them.

Decide what you really need and use often, then recycle the rest. Or store them away neatly in the shed until you want to use them.

Plastic plant pot horror

It is tricky to keep plants looking good in plastic containers, even the ones that attempt to imitate terracotta.

As well as the lack of sustainability, the trouble with plastic is that unlike materials such as wood and stone, it provides no protection for plants against drying out in summer and freezing in winter, and it is not breathable.

If you do have plastic pots, reuse them for propagating and save your best non-plastic containers for display purposes.

Paving the way to disaster  

Every gardener needs somewhere to sit, but this shouldn’t come at the expense of losing too much of your lawn.

Ideally there should be a ratio of at least two-thirds planting and grass to one-third hard surface. If you are putting in a new patio, consider leaving gaps between the pavers for low plants such as creeping thyme and Mind-Your-Own-Business which will also help with drainage. 

If you want to park your car in your front garden, choose a permeable surface with planting around the edges.

Fly-away greenhouses

I must confess I own one of these mini shelving units covered in a zip-up, see-through plastic smock. But after it fell over outside one too many times in windy weather, despite being tied to the wall, I have brought it in to our lean-to where I now use it as a propagating unit. A pile of overturned seed trays and spilled soil does nothing to add to kerb appeal.

Do away with dead pot plants 

Well-tended container planting can add a cheerful welcome to a garden or balcony, but there is little as off-putting as being greeted by a collection of unidentifiable shrivelled dead plants in pots.

Avoid this by doing your research and choosing plants you love which will encourage you to water and feed them regularly. Having a water butt nearby makes this task much easier.

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Assessing Property Size: What Square Footage Can You Get With The Average UK House Price In Your Area?

Assessing Property Size In The UK

In the United Kingdom, there is a prevailing tendency to gauge the size of residences based on the number of bedrooms rather than square footage. In fact, research indicates that three out of five individuals are unaware of the square footage of their property.

However, a comprehensive analysis conducted by Savills reveals significant variations in property sizes throughout the country. For instance, with the average property price standing at £340,837, this amount would typically afford a studio flat spanning 551 square feet in London, according to the prominent estate agency.

Conversely, in the North East region, the same sum would secure a spacious five-bedroom house measuring 1,955 square feet, nearly four times the size of a comparable property in London.

Best value: Heading to the North East of England is where buyers will get the most from their money

In Scotland, the median house price equates to a sizable investment capable of procuring a generous four-bedroom residence spanning 1,743 square feet. Conversely, in Wales, Yorkshire & The Humber, and the North West, this sum affords a slightly smaller four-bedroom dwelling of approximately 1,500 square feet, while in the East and West Midlands, it accommodates a 1,300 square foot home. In stark contrast, within the South West, £340,837 secures a modest 1,000 square foot property, and in the East, an even more confined 928 square feet.

London presents the most challenging market, where this budget offers the least purchasing power. Following closely, the South East allows for 825 square feet of space or a medium-sized two-bedroom dwelling. Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills, emphasizes the profound disparity in purchasing potential across Britain, ranging from compact studio flats in London to spacious four or five-bedroom residences in parts of North East England.

While square footage serves as a critical metric, with a significant portion of Britons unfamiliar with their property’s dimensions, the number of bedrooms remains a traditional indicator of size. Personal preferences, such as a preference for larger kitchens, may influence property selection. For those prioritizing ample space, Easington, County Durham, offers a substantial 2,858 square foot, five-bedroom home, while Rhondda, Wales, and Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scotland, provide 2,625 and 2,551 square feet, respectively. Conversely, in St Albans, Hertfordshire, £340,837 secures a mere 547 square feet, equivalent to a one-bedroom flat.

The disparity continues in central London, where purchasing power diminishes considerably. In Kensington, the budget accommodates a mere 220 square feet, contrasting with the slightly more spacious 236 square feet in Westminster. Conversely, in Dagenham, the same investment translates to 770 square feet. Three properties currently listed on Rightmove exemplify the diversity within this price range across the UK market.

South of the river: This semi-detached house is located near to three different train stations

South of the river: This semi-detached house is located near to three different train stations

2. Lewisham: One-bed house, £345,000

This one-bedroom property in Lewisham, South London, is on the market for £345,000.

The semi-detached house is set over two floors, and has a private patio.

The property is located near to bus links and amenities, as well as Catford train station.

Edinburgh fringe: This three-bed property is located on the edge of the city, near to the town of Musselburgh

Edinburgh fringe: This three-bed property is located on the edge of the city, near to the town of Musselburgh

3. Edinburgh: Three-bed house, £350,000

This three-bedroom detached house in Edinburgh could be yours for £350,000.

The house, which has a two-car driveway, boasts a large kitchen diner, and is within easy reach of Newcriaghall train station.


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