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What AI should be doing with documents

February 2024 by Duff Johnson (PDF Association)

Although Artificial Intelligence (AI) is beginning to dramatically transform how users interact with and process documents, weaknesses remain. Even when the training data is tightly quality controlled, AI’s results are not necessarily trustworthy.

Although AI is already assisting in authoring, data extraction, and content management, AI tools can only be as good as their inputs and training. If input data is biased, AI models are helpless to resolve – or even detect – the problem, a major source of AI hallucinations. But, as Air Canada, Michael Cohen, and many others have already realized, relying on AI for critical tasks should prompt far more due diligence than their ease of use implies. AI is a near-miraculous assistant, but trust must be earned, not given.

Competent processing of inputs is a sine qua non for competent, trustworthy AI. So far, however, we see AI developers relying on data volume and (apparently) ignoring data quality.

This article highlights the potential for AI authoring assistants to establish rich and trustworthy semantics and the significance of quality ingestion tools to leverage those trusted semantics. AI is a near-miraculous assistant, but trust must still be earned, not given.

Time to get on board with ARIA in PDF!?!

February 2024 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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PDF Week Online 2024 week 2 is coming up! Did you know that PDF 2.0 adds ARIA to PDF? How about a PDF bigger than the universe? Are you going … Read more

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January 2024 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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LibreOffice now supports PDF/UA! AI LLMs’ support for PDF is substandard, and is retarding innovation. Yet more misinformation about malware. … Read more

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December 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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Verizon is tricked by a fraudulent PDF, a family tree of PDF specifications, veraPDF is tops for the Open Preservation … Read more

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November 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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We wanted to know how well ChatGPT processes PDF files. So we signed up for ChatGPT 4.0, the paid version, … Read more

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October 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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The PDF Association is perhaps DARPA’s smallest-ever prime contractor. For DARPA’s SafeDocs program, however, it’s also the biggest success story.

PDF in the Wild

September 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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Funky (but legit!) PDF, sneaky malware PDF, poisoned PDF, PDF for LEGO, NASA does PDF… it’s a wild PDF world … Read more

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August 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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LLMs and generative artificial intelligence, as much (or more) than everything else computers can do, is subject to the iron … Read more

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July 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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The most recent specification of PDF doesn’t limit page size… at all. That’s up to the implementation.

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