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August 31, 2023

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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