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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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February 2024 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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All PDF Association Full and Liaison Members who have joined Technical and/or Liaison Working Groups are welcome for two weeks … Read more

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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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January 2024 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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A major focus of the PDF Association’s work is to increase awareness and adoption of standards and best practices for … Read more

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The PDF, ICC, NITF and video datasets used in SafeDocs’ performer hackathons and evaluations are now available for download from … Read more

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Adobe’s Standards Support Endowment, now in its sixth year, facilities administration of ISO TC 171 SC 2 and sustains the … Read more

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January 2024 by Matthias Wagner (PDF Association)
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December 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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In 2023, the volunteers and staff of the PDF Association were busier than ever, with new working groups, resources, and … Read more

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December 2023 by PDF Association staff (PDF Association)
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PDF Week Online 2024 consists of 16 PDF Association Working Group meetings and 2 ISO working group meetings.

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December 2023 by Duff Johnson (PDF Association)
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It’s difficult to find other search terms that share PDF’s continuous upwards trend. Few technologies show this resilience, especially over … Read more

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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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