Google tests watermark to identify AI images
- Google is trialling a digital watermark to spot images which have been made by artificial intelligence (AI) in an effort to fight disinformation.
- Developed by DeepMind, SynthID will identify images generated by machines.
- It works by embedding changes to individual pixels in images so watermarks detectable by computers but are invisible to the human eye.
- Watermarks are typically a logo or text added to an image to show ownership as well as making it more difficult for the picture to be copied and used without permission.
- Google has its own image generators called Imagen, and its system for creating and checking watermarks will only apply to images created using this tool.
- Deepmind have stated that it is “not foolproof against extreme image manipulation”.
- Amazon and Microsoft are among other tech companies which have pledged to watermark some AI-generated content.
- For more, please visit the BBC News website.
Call of Duty will use AI to moderate voice chats
- Activision has partnered with Modulate to bring voice chat moderation to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III through utilising AI.
- The technology is called ToxMod and it will work by scanning voice chat in real time for violations of the game’s code of conduct, including hate speech, harassment and discrimination.
- The tool will not take action against players based on its data, but rather will submit a report to Activision’s moderators.
- Human involvement will likely remain an important safeguard as research as shown that speech recognition systems can be biased in how they respond to some users.
- It is currently in beta testing but will be rolled out to all players in North America today and a full global release is planned for November 10th when Call of Duty Modern Warfare III is released.
- For more, please visit the Verge website.
Third of parents don’t know how old a child should be to have a phone
- The study by Vodafone, found that parents find the decision of when to give their child a phone, overwhelming.
- Findings also show that parents lack confidence in setting up safety features on key applications that children use, with many feeling in the dark with newer apps like Snapchat.
- Over half of parents reported that the decision is difficult because they are worried about their children seeing inappropriate content or being bullied online.
- To better equip parents, Vodafone has announced partnership with the NSPCC.
- A key element of the partnership will be on the ongoing development on a new online platform, designed to provide parents with practical resources for buying their child’s first phone, and offering advice on how to get the best deal.
- The NSPCC reports that in 2022/23, 10% of helpline calls focused on mobile phones or online platforms in August.
- This highlights a spike in online safety concerns ahead of the new school term.
- For more, please visit the Kent Live website.
Simple school lunchbox inspiration from NI children’s dietician
- Dr Kirsty Porter, a children’s dietitian has provided some healthy lunchbox ideas for an enjoyable lunch.
- Dr Porter states that balance is key, which can be achieved through eating foods from the five food groups: Carbohydrates, Protein, Fruits and Vegetables, Dairy or dairy alternatives, and Healthy Fats.
- She argues that empowering your child by involving them in the process, through allowing them to choose from options available and assemble their lunch is vital.
- Further, incorporating finger foods that encourage exploration and interaction with food allow children to eat more independently.
- Whilst introducing new foods is vital, familiarity plays a significant role in ensuring children enjoy meals that include their ‘trusted foods’.
- Use a visually appealing lunchbox to spark their curiosity and appetite, which will make the lunch more likely to be eaten.
- Rotate the options and adapt to your child’s preferences, reducing boredom.
- Consider your child’s age, appetite and nutritional needs when portioning their lunch as large portions can be overwhelming.
- For more, please visit the Belfast Live website.
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