Cambridge Dictionary has chosen the word hallucinate as the word of the year for 2023.
Every year the Cambridge Dictionary declares one word as the Word of the Year. This year the dictionary has declared the word hallucinate as the word of the year. The special thing is that for this usually a word is chosen which is not already in the dictionary, but this has not happened this year. Hallucinate is a popular English word which is mostly used in medical science.
In such a situation, the question is why Cambridge Dictionary chose this already recorded word as the Word of the Year, what is its meaning and how much has its definition been changed.
What does hallucinate mean?
It means hearing, seeing or feeling something that does not actually exist. Generally it is seen in relation to health. Or such a situation arises when a person takes drugs. Cambridge Dictionary had given this definition of the word hallucinate long ago. The dictionary has changed its definition this year.
Why was the word of the year chosen?
This year the dictionary has added Artificial Intelligence in the new definition of the word hallucinate. According to the dictionary, Artificial Intelligence creates hallucinations, it gives a false information. For some time now, its use has increased during the discussion of ChatGPT and Generative AI tools.
Now let us understand why the dictionary chose the word hallucinate as the word of the year for the year 2023. Explaining the reason for this, Dr. Henry Shevlin, AI Ethicist of Cambridge University, says that the word hallucination is being used all over the world to show the mistakes that are being made due to systems like ChatGPT. Which explains how we are thinking about AI and anthropomorphizing it.
He says, wrong and misleading information has been around us for a long time. Be it in the form of misconception or wrong news. While these are generally known as man-made thoughts, hallucinations are those that are not connected to reality.
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hallucinate (verb): When an artificial intelligence hallucinates, it produces false information.
— Cambridge Dictionary (@CambridgeWords) November 15, 2023
How is Word of the Year decided?
Since 2015, Cambridge Dictionary has been declaring Word of the Year every year. Many things are kept in mind while announcing this. For example, the issue that was discussed throughout the year and which word was used the most in it. What is its importance? Keeping these small things in mind, the team selects a word and declares it as the Word of the Year.
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