Contains: The article discusses the word of the year for 2023, which is “hallucinate.” It explains that this word now has a new definition related to artificial intelligence (AI) producing false information. The article mentions that AI hallucinations, also known as confabulations, can appear nonsensical but also seem believable, even though they are factually incorrect or illogical. It highlights that AI tools using large language models (LLMs) have the ability to generate plausible prose but often include false or made-up facts. The article warns that reliance on AI tools requires critical thinking skills and human expertise to ensure accuracy. It also mentions real-world impacts of AI hallucinations, such as fictitious cases being cited in court or factual errors in promotional videos. The article concludes by discussing the growing tendency to anthropomorphize AI technology.

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