Go directly to the step-by-step walk-through. This detailed how-to is a follow-up to the use case announcement from March 22, 2023 titled "AI Genealogy Use Case: Cleaning-up OCR Text" This preliminary step prepares the AI Genealogist for other valid use cases today; cleaning your OCR text help eliminate "garbage in, garbage out" information processing. Introduction: … Continue reading AI Genealogy Use Case Guide: How to Clean Raw and Poor OCR Text
What do we call the disappointment that first-time users feel when AI tools fail their expectations? I know I got burned last year and I had my own WTF moment. I certainly don’t blame folks for feeling misled. For SO many reasons. The most harmful may be the hype that likely draws many first-time users–that … Continue reading Genealogy and Artificial Intelligence: Falling Off the Dunning-Kruger Cliff
Welcome to AI Genealogy Insights, where we explore how artificial intelligence can assist genealogists and family history researchers, with a particular focus on: discovering the advantages and limitations of AI, and how genealogists can apply this knowledge. As someone with training and a background in applied linguistics (natural language processing and computation linguistics--foundations of artificial … Continue reading Hello world!
I had an opportunity today to experiment a bit more with using artificial intelligence to create family trees (GEDCOM files) from narrative texts. My goal was to see how much I could limit the AI's creativity to insert information into the GEDCOM file that wasn't in my prompt. (Earlier, I had discovered two constraints that … Continue reading AI Genealogy: Text to GEDCOMs: Surprises, Cautions, Discoveries
I've been an enthusiastic explorer of artificial intelligence-assisted genealogy for the past several months. My 35-plus year interests in linguistics and language, computers and programming, and genealogy and family history converged in November 2022 with the release by OpenAI of ChatGPT to create new possibilities like a supernova creates new elements such as gold, silver, … Continue reading AI Genealogy: Value of Trusted Critics, Skeptics
I enjoyed and recommend yesterday's livestream "Genealogy & AI: Unlocking Family Secrets" by FindMyPast, featuring Jen Baldwin interviewing Blaine Bettinger. The discussion delved into the potential of AI and chatbots like ChatGPT in the field of genealogy. However, as with any powerful tool, there are potential pitfalls that genealogists should be aware of when using … Continue reading AI Genealogy Tip: Don’t Get Burned by Spicy Autocomplete
Highlights: Genealogists can quickly generate a cleaner copy of an old newspaper article (not a perfect final draft) from a messy OCR text dump. A carefully crafted PROMPT found and fixed 49 out of 54 errors in an newspaper OCR article text. NO HALLUCINATIONS were introduced into the response. The AI was limited to processing … Continue reading AI Genealogy Use Case: Cleaning-up OCR Text
How to Extract Information from Text Sources Using Artificial Intelligence Three examples: obituary, wedding announcement, newspaper article After my discoveries last week that ChatGPT (model GPT-4) can: (1) create, read, and correctly interpret GEDCOM files, (2) create narrative reports based only on GEDCOM data, (3) match narrative style to location and setting of text, and … Continue reading AI and Genealogy: Using ChatGPT to Glean Info from Obits, Articles, and Announcements