The Cambridge Dictionary has chosen the verb “to hallucinate” as its word of the year, given a new meaning related to artificial intelligence (AI).
Hallucinate – produce false information and present it as fact (in relation to AI systems). Chatbots, for example, can hallucinate.
The Cambridge Dictionary team chose the word after recognizing that its new meaning captures the essence of why people talk about artificial intelligence. “Generative AI is a powerful tool, and we are still learning how to interact with it safely and effectively. This means we need to be aware of both its potential strengths and its current weaknesses,” the dictionary’s authors note.
In early November, another Collins English dictionary named “artificial intelligence” as its word of the year. The Merriam-Webster dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary will soon present their versions. In Russia, the word of the year is chosen by an expert council of linguists, journalists and cultural experts (the word of 2022 was “war”).