Artificial Intelligence: Google Bard vs. ChatGPT

Posted by on Jun 3, 2023 in Artificial Intelligence, Genealogy Education | 0 comments

It is inevitable that similar AI tools will be compared. This blog post takes a look at comparing OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Google Bard. When Google Bard was asked how it was different from ChatGPT, it answered that its training data contained images, that it could access the internet, and that it was a more general AI rather than a text-generating AI. Bard also told me that while ChatGPT was creative, it was more creative. Google Bard has an interesting approach to answering prompts. Unlike ChatGPT, its training and knowledge does...

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Genealogy and AI: Google Bard

Posted by on May 27, 2023 in Artificial Intelligence, Genealogy Education | 0 comments

Although Google Bard states that it removes personally identifiable information when using conversations to improve the model, DO NOT INCLUDE PERSONAL INFORMATION IN YOUR CHATS. This week I spent some time working with Google’s challenger to OpenAI’s ChatGPT. Google Bard is a Language Model for Dialogue Applications (LaMDA), and I was working on the day that Bard began to bring images from Google Search into its results. Bard advertises that it helps you plan, solves complicated problems and supports your creative process....

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ChatGPT and GEDCOM Files

Posted by on May 8, 2023 in Artificial Intelligence, Genealogy Education, Useful Tips | 0 comments

Before I was a professor, I was a flight test engineer. My love of testing systems goes back to my early days working in a lab during college. My particular gift was always find a way to “break” hardware or software through use. My desire to investigate the use of ChatGPT in genealogy has definitely coincided with my enjoyment of testing. In this blog post, I take a look at what ChatGPT knows about GEDCOMs, how it builds one and how it can create a narrative when given an individual’s data formatted in a GEDCOM. The...

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5 Ways to Use ChatGPT to Research an Ancestor

Posted by on Apr 18, 2023 in Artificial Intelligence, Genealogy Education | 0 comments

You may have been wondering how ChatGPT can help with genealogical research. This is a first look at using ChatGPT for research about a specific ancestor. For simplicity our conversation focused on where to find information, rather than on more complicated topics. ChatGPT held its own in our conversation, and was a pleasant companion and offered answers based on its training. You can view our other posts about Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence and Genealogy and Getting Started with ChatGPT for when you are ready to try...

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Getting Started with ChatGPT

Posted by on Apr 8, 2023 in Artificial Intelligence, Genealogy Education | 0 comments

By now you have probably heard about OpenAI’s systen, ChatGPT. You can use the Preview Preview for free with an account. ChatGPT has a number of ways it can support the genealogical community, covered in Artificial Intelligence and Genealogy. It can also support your personal genealogical efforts, covered in other posts. NOTE: DO NOT ENTER PRIVATE OR SENSITIVE DATA INTO ChatGPT. Your data is used for training, and is reviewed by OpenAI to verify that content complies with their policies and safety requirements. They may be used...

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Artificial Intelligence and Genealogy

Posted by on Apr 1, 2023 in Artificial Intelligence, Genealogy Education | 0 comments

By now, you have probably heard about ChatGPT. This blog post will discuss how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used in Genealogy with the help of ChatGPT. In other posts I will cover how to use ChatGPT and some other AI tools that can help you in the pursuit of genealogy. Genealogy is the study of family history and ancestry, and it has become increasingly popular in recent years. With the advancement of technology, researchers have been able to access more information about their ancestors, making the process of genealogy more...

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Book Review: “Generation by Generation”

Posted by on Mar 20, 2023 in Book Review, Genealogy Education | 0 comments

With a wealth of knowledge and experience in researching, lecturing, and teaching others, Drew Smith has now turned his efforts to create a book for those who are beginning their genealogical research in the United States. “Generation by Generation: A Modern Approach to the Basics of Genealogy” is a concise way for new genealogists to benefit from Mr. Smith’s wisdom as well as enjoy his warm and approachable manner. He makes good use of analogies and examples so that the content is manageable by even the most novice...

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Cultural Anthropology and Genealogy

Posted by on Feb 18, 2023 in Genealogy Education, Useful Tips | 0 comments

Cultural Anthropology Last semester I took a third course in anthropology. After taking courses in Archaeology and Biological Anthropology, the next for me to tackle was Cultural Anthropology. (Our local community college does not offer a course in the fourth area of anthropology, linguistic anthropology.) Due to the nature of the subject material, this class was the least rooted in hard science. Cultural Anthropology studies how a society organizes itself. This is done through its beliefs, and how people live, think, create and find...

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Interview with Mark Hildebrand about the Annapolis Past Port Wiki

Posted by on Feb 6, 2023 in Interview, Useful Tips | 0 comments

Recently we had a chance to speak with Mark Hildebrand, the Executive Director of Make Your Mark Media, Inc., in Annapolis, MD, to discuss a remarkable collaborative project that captures the memories and history of community members. In this interview you can learn about a creative and engaging approach to capturing history and how you can participate in this project. What is the Annapolis Past Port Wiki? Basically, Annapolis Past Port is a history wiki for stories and history in and around Annapolis, Maryland. It is free and...

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NOW AVAILABLE: Our New Research WWI Guide

Posted by on Jan 29, 2023 in Genealogy Education, Military research, Useful Tips, WWI | 0 comments

Our newest book is NOW AVAILABLE! Researching U.S. WWI Military Members, Military Organizations and Overseas Noncombatants: A Research Guide for Historians and Genealogists Have you been wanting to do research about the military and supporting organizations in World War I? With these 30 chapters, this book shows how you can learn about the service of a U.S. World War I military member, WWI military organizations and about noncombatants who went overseas. Based on feedback for the popular “Researching Your U.S. WWI...

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