The Origins of Female Protagonists in Children’s Literature

From Book Browse: This article relates to The Magician’s Daughter Bridget (known as Biddy), the protagonist of H. G. Parry’s The Magician’s Daughter, grows up on the magical, hidden island of Hy-Brasil, with only her father, the mage Rowan O’Connell, and his familiar, a rabbit named Hutchincroft. She is greatly influenced by the stories of heroines she … Read more

TikTok’s influence on the books market is small but growing rapidly, says Nielsen

From The Bookseller: One in four book buyers used TikTok/BookTok in 2022 and these consumers accounted for nearly 90 million book purchases last year, according to findings from Nielsen’s latest Books & Consumers survey. Each month, the market measurement firm surveys 8,500 UK consumers aged between 13 and 84. Details from these surveys have been … Read more

How TikTok broke social media

From The Economist: Is tiktok’s time up? As the social-media app’s chief executive, Shou Zi Chew, prepares for a grilling before Congress on March 23rd, TikTok’s 100m-plus users in America fret that their government is preparing to ban the Chinese-owned platform on security fears. Their anguish contrasts with utter glee in Silicon Valley, where home-grown social-media firms … Read more

I don’t want to really scare you

I don’t want to really scare you, but it was alarming how many people I talked to who are highly placed people in AI who have retreats that are sort of ‘bug out’ houses, to which they could flee if it all hits the fan. James Barrat, author of Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and … Read more

Microsoft’s new Copilot will change Office documents forever

From The Verge: Microsoft’s new AI-powered Copilot summarized my meeting instantly yesterday (the meeting was with Microsoft to discuss Copilot, of course) before listing out the questions I’d asked just seconds before. I’ve watched Microsoft demo the future of work for years with concepts about virtual assistants, but Copilot is the closest thing I’ve ever … Read more

Google’s AI doctor appears to be getting better

From Popular Science: Google believes that mobile and digital-first experiences will be the future of health, and it has stats to back it up—namely the millions of questions asked in search queries, and the billions of views on health-related videos across its video streaming platform, YouTube.  . . . . The tech giant has nonetheless … Read more

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