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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

AI's Impact Reflected in 'Word of the Year' Selections

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In the tech world, 2023 was undoubtedly the year of artificial intelligence (AI).

This influence has seeped into our language, as reflected in the 'word of the year' selections by Oxford, Cambridge, and Merriam-Webster. Intriguingly, these words aren't new but have been repurposed with fresh meanings in the AI context.

Cambridge chose "hallucinate", a term now associated with AI's propensity to invent information when it lacks exact matches. This characteristic, though potentially problematic, has also been harnessed to create generative imagery and audio.

Merriam-Webster, on the other hand, selected "authentic". The rise of AI and its impact on deepfake videos, among other things, has blurred the line between 'real' and 'fake', giving "authentic" a new connotation.

Oxford's runner-up, "prompt", reflects its new meaning in the human-AI interface. It's a term used when instructing an AI system, turning it into a verb as one "prompts" a system.

These selections underscore AI's pervasive influence, not just in technology but in our language and perceptions. As AI continues to evolve rapidly, it'll be fascinating to see what other terms will be repurposed or introduced into our lexicon.

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