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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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‘Britain’s shortest house’ measuring just 6ft 5ins tall which ‘dates back to 1758’ goes to auction

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Room for a little one! ‘Britain’s shortest house’ measuring just 6ft 5ins tall which ‘dates back to 1758’ goes to auction with £70,000 guide price

  • ‘Britain’s shortest house’ is just 6ft 5ins tall and is on the market for only £70K
  • The unique property is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth

‘Britain’s shortest house’ standing at just 6ft 5ins tall has gone on sale – for the relatively small price of £70,000.

The unique property, with ceilings that may skim the tops of some heads, is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Devon.

As its name implies, Ye Olde Toll House is a former toll house, which is believed to date back to 1758.

Its yellow exterior is topped off with a thatched roof, covering walls which stand no higher than an average front door.

Despite its miniature size the interior houses an entrance porch, living room, small kitchen, a shower room and one bedroom.

The unique property, with ceilings that may skim the tops of some heads, is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Devon

The unique property, with ceilings that may skim the tops of some heads, is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Devon

The unique 6ft 5ins property, that may skim the tops of some heads, is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Devon

The unique 6ft 5ins property, that may skim the tops of some heads, is found in the village of Newton Poppleford near Sidmouth, Devon

On the listing, Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers described the property as: 'A charming detached thatched Toll House for updating'

On the listing, Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers described the property as: ‘A charming detached thatched Toll House for updating’

There’s also an outdoor space with a log store area and attic space for extra storage.

On the listing, Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers described the property as: ‘A charming detached thatched Toll House for updating.

‘This unique single storey property is believed to date back to 1758 and is situated in the popular East Devon village of Newton Poppleford, which is only four miles from the popular seaside town of Sidmouth.

‘The property is likely to be of interest to a home owner or those looking for a lock-up and leave bolt hole. It could also be of interest to investment purchasers.’

Bidding for the property currently sits at £70k.

You can join the auction here.

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That’s potty! Grade II Listed cottage on sale is mocked for having a toilet in a children’ bedroom

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A Grade II listed cottage on sale for £450,000 has been mocked for having a toilet in the middle of one of the bedrooms.

The detached historic home in Colne, near Burnley, Lancashire, boasts a wealth of original features including mullion windows, inglenook stone fireplace and stone stills. 

But home hunters have been scratching their heads at the design choice of a loo and sink in what appears to be a child’s bedroom. 

The toilet has also been adorned with a large sticker featuring Marvel Comic character, Hulk, matching a small novelty Marvel laundry bin to its side.

Bemused Marie Gardiner said: ‘My friend sent me this from Rightmove and it’s freaking me out.

The toilet has also been adorned with a large sticker featuring Marvel Comic character, Hulk, matching a small novelty Marvel laundry bin to its side

The toilet has also been adorned with a large sticker featuring Marvel Comic character, Hulk, matching a small novelty Marvel laundry bin to its side

‘Somehow the layout is wrong in every room. Kid’s bedroom is also a toilet.’

Lydia Jane said: ‘That’s an OCD nightmare. Who builds a shower cubicle in front of a bedroom window?’

Marie added: ‘I thought it was maybe a stand up tanning thing?!

To which Lydia replied: ‘Might be, but still.’

It is listed in the property description which reads: ‘One of the bedrooms is separate to the others which is accessed via the spiral staircase and has a WC and wash basin.’

The quaint home features a large modern, living room diner and kitchen with a range oven and has a homely feel.

Three of the bedrooms are located in the main building with the fourth in an annex.

Other interesting features include what appears to be a stand up tanning booth in one of the other bedrooms, and wooden animals in the garden.

Other interesting features include what appears to be a stand up tanning booth in one of the other bedrooms

Other interesting features include what appears to be a stand up tanning booth in one of the other bedrooms

The key features include it being in a ‘sought after location,’ having a ‘fully fitted modern kitchen,’ ‘three bedrooms’ and ‘large private gardens.’

It is on the market with Petty Real Estate Agents and being advertised on Rightmove.

The property listing reads: ‘Beautiful three bedroom semi detached Grade II Listed cottage situated in a highly sought after semi rural location near to the amenities offered by Colne town centre.

‘This historic building which formed part of the old Carry Bridge Hall has a wealth of original features throughout such as, mullion windows, inglenook stone fireplace and stone stills.

‘The property comprises an entrance hallway with storage cupboard, spacious lounge diner with original stone flagged floor, inglenook stone fireplace with multifuel stove, spiral staircase and patio doors leading to the garden.

‘Fully fitted kitchen which houses a range of modern matching wall, base and drawer units, contrasting granite work surfaces, range oven, dishwasher and stairs leading to the first floor.

‘To the first floor is a landing there are three double bedrooms.

The 'beautiful three bedroom semi detached Grade II Listed cottage' has three of the bedrooms located in the main building with the fourth in an annex

The ‘beautiful three bedroom semi detached Grade II Listed cottage’ has three of the bedrooms located in the main building with the fourth in an annex

Th property listing boasts of a 'spacious lounge diner with original stone flagged floor, inglenook stone fireplace' and a spiral staircase

Th property listing boasts of a ‘spacious lounge diner with original stone flagged floor, inglenook stone fireplace’ and a spiral staircase

The quaint home features a large modern, living room diner with a prial staircase which can be used to access some of the bedrooms

 The quaint home features a large modern, living room diner with a prial staircase which can be used to access some of the bedrooms

The three piece family bathroom has a 'contemporary suite which includes a bath with shower over, low level WC and wash basin and is fully tiled throughout'

The three piece family bathroom has a ‘contemporary suite which includes a bath with shower over, low level WC and wash basin and is fully tiled throughout’

Petty Real Estate Agents, with whom the property is up on the market,  described how the property's kitchen 'has a homely feel'

Petty Real Estate Agents, with whom the property is up on the market,  described how the property’s kitchen ‘has a homely feel’

Original features in this historic home near Burnley, Lancashire include mullion windows

Original features in this historic home near Burnley, Lancashire include mullion windows

The four-bedroom home in the 'sought after location' has patio doors leading to the garden

The four-bedroom home in the ‘sought after location’ has patio doors leading to the garden

The 'fully fitted kitchen' features a 'modern matching wall, base and drawer units, contrasting granite work surfaces, range oven, dishwasher and stairs leading to the first floor'

The ‘fully fitted kitchen’ features a ‘modern matching wall, base and drawer units, contrasting granite work surfaces, range oven, dishwasher and stairs leading to the first floor’

There is a large private garden area to the rear which is 'mainly laid to the lawn'

There is a large private garden area to the rear which is ‘mainly laid to the lawn’ 

‘One of the bedrooms is separate two the others which is accessed via the spiral staircase and has a WC and wash basin.

‘Three piece family bathroom has a contemporary suite which includes a bath with shower over, low level WC and wash basin and is fully tiled throughout.

‘Detached annex with lounge & fully fitted kitchen, three piece shower room and double bedroom.

‘Externally there is a driveway leading to a courtyard where there is parking for several vehicles and a detached garage which has power and lighting.

‘The owners have created a woodland activity area which is perfect for your young children. There is a large private garden area to the rear which is mainly laid to the lawn.’

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‘Time capsule’ country house which has been left untouched for decades on sale for £1.65million

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A ‘time capsule’ country house left untouched for decades has gone on the market for £1.65m with 25 acres of overgrown grounds included. 

Burnells Estate on Exmoor National Park is nearly a century old but has not been lived in for at least 20 years as the current owner, who lives abroad, bought it to use as a retirement home and never got round to it. 

Estate agents Webbers have cleared the terrace around the outdoor swimming pool to show buyers the potential it has.

The house also has hunting rights over a neighbouring 81 acres of woodland and stunning countryside views of surrounding Exmoor.

Burnells estate was first built in 1927 for Lord Christopher Thomson, a British Army officer and later Labour minister and peer. 

The overgrown Burnells Estate on Exmoor National Park is on sale for a cool £1.65m

The overgrown Burnells Estate on Exmoor National Park is on sale for a cool £1.65m

The house was first built in the 1927s for Lord Christopher Thomson, a British Army officer and later Labour minister and peer

The house was first built in the 1927s for Lord Christopher Thomson, a British Army officer and later Labour minister and peer

The house in its former glory is quite the sight
It hasn't been lived in for over 20 years

The house has been left to decay for 20 years and is now overgrown and in need of renovation

He served in the Second Boer War and the First World War before going into politics.

Thomson was Secretary of State for Air under Ramsey MacDonald, who made him Baron Thomson in 1924. 

He died in the R101 airship crash on its maiden flight from Britain to France in 1930.

The accident was partly down to Lord Thomson putting pressure on to make the maiden flight before safety checks were complete and adequate flight testing had been done.

It led to the deaths of 48 people and the cancellation of the British airship programme by Thomson’s successor.

The house has an incredible private setting in the countryside, down a country lane between the villages of Dunster and Wootton Courtenay in Somerset.

The house has over 4,000 sq ft of living space with a large entrance hall, kitchen, breakfast room, dining room and a large L-shaped sitting room on the ground floor and eight bedrooms and three bathrooms on the first floor.

It has plenty of original features including exposed ceiling beams, ornate plasterwork and original fireplaces. 

The kitchen has an oil-fired Aga and adjoining butler’s pantry with original full-height crockery and storage cupboards.

There is also a large garage with a studio above.

The kitchen is spacious, airy and comes equipped with an AGA for clean country living

The kitchen is spacious, airy and comes equipped with an AGA for clean country living 

The inside of the house could use some work but has enough period features to fall in love with

The inside of the house could use some work but has enough period features to fall in love with 

The entertainment room has a large authentic log fire - perfect for winter nights

The entertainment room has a large authentic log fire – perfect for winter nights 

Outside the property has a number of slate terraces that would have originally made up the formal gardens and there is a sunken swimming pool from the house’s heyday. 

The grounds include mixed woodland, heathland and paddocks.

Mark Curran, from Webbers, said: ‘The house has not been occupied for at least 20 years and is a time capsule from the era of art deco.

‘The woodland and foliage has grown up around the property and offers people the possibility of a virtual blank canvas for their own preference and ideas.

‘The interior of the house could be remodelled to suit more modern tastes or enlarged.’

The property, which is in a national park, has nearly 25 acres of grounds

The property, which is in a national park, has nearly 25 acres of grounds

The house has hunting rights over a neighbouring 81 acres of woodland and stunning countryside views of Exmoor National Park

The house has hunting rights over a neighbouring 81 acres of woodland and stunning countryside views of Exmoor National Park

The owner Robert Berg said: ‘I was over in the UK for business and staying in a hotel that I really disliked, so I asked my accountant to help me find a home for when I was here.

‘I purchased the property back in 1979 and lived there permanently until 1983. I’ve used it as my holiday home ever since, until personal circumstances changed for me in recent years.

‘Unfortunately, I have not been back as often as I would have liked, so I think the time is right for me to move on and let new owners breathe life back into it. It is in need of renovation but I know it will make a truly unique home.

‘This is not a normal house; it must have been a very expensive project when it was built and it was constructed in the most perfect manner set over five slate terraces.

‘There is a swimming pool on the second terrace that is a wonderful luxury. Surrounded by woodland and beautiful trees, it offers a most welcome escape from the stresses of day-to-day life.

‘Views from the house are far reaching over scenic countryside that changes with the passing seasons.

‘Access to the property is via a private road which is about 500m long and not many people know that it’s here unless they are coming to visit.

‘I have loved my time living here, it’s been a really wonderful house, and I wish the new owners all the very best.’

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