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Accountech Bytes: Software skills CV inflation, TaxCalc’s new FRS 102 tool


This week in accounting technology saw the community debate the ethics of inflating the software credentials on your CV, TaxCalc add FRS 102 to its toolset, and FreeAgent get a new look.

21st Apr 2023
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By Hugo Fair
21st Apr 2023 17:29

Intrigued by the last article listed ...

'In an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes on April 16, James Manyika, Google’s SVP for technology and society, discussed how one of the company’s AI systems taught itself Bengali, even though it wasn’t trained to know the language. “We discovered that with very few amounts of prompting in Bengali, it can now translate all of Bengali,” he said.'

Which got me thinking ... would someone like to set it the following task:
* Read all the contents of GOV.UK that purport to constitute HMRC 'guidance';
* Re-write it with a direct citation from current UK legislation for each claimed HMRC 'fact'.

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By Tom Herbert
21st Apr 2023 17:39

Further down the rabbit hole, you could then hook it up to Bailii and ask it to trawl all the tax case decisions looking for evidence! Struggling to work out whether that's good or bad news for HMRC... Not sure if Judge Thomas is an Accountech Bytes watcher, but would be intrigued to get his view on all this!

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By Hugo Fair
22nd Apr 2023 11:21

I've always been wary of rabbit-holes, ever since my encounters in the 60s with the 'one pill makes you smaller' fans of Lewis Carroll ("and burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge. In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.")

But you may just have stumbled on a new feature for this site:
* Enter the HMRC 'claim' of your choice - providing the GOV.UK source
* Select the 'Validate?' button in order to get the closest legislative citation the AI can find to support the claim - or cannot as the case may be ('cannot validate')
* Select the 'Findings?' button in order to get all the relevant tribunal/court cases - with an AI generated overall summary of the consolidated findings

I've no idea what Richard would make of the idea (laugh probably), but it's a pipe-dream (we're back to Grace Slick's "hookah-smoking caterpillar" there!) with the current state of AI and its inherent unreliability.

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