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November 2, 2023

Rishi Sunak says we must tackle AI dangers for the sake of our grandchildren

  • The PM, Rishi Sunak called for international collaboration to seize the benefits of AI while ensuring it develops in a “safe and responsible way”. 
  • He will host two sessions at the AI Safety Summit at Bletchley Park. 
  • King Charles has also commented on AI, opening the first day of the conference. He called AI “one of the greatest technological leaps in the history of human endeavour” adding, “If we are to realise the untold benefits of AI then we must work together on combatting it’s significant risks, too”. 
  • Ahead of meeting with the PM, Elon Musk called for a body to oversee companies developing AI. 
  • When asked how he could reassure people that they will not be left unemployed by the rapid changes or have their wages suppressed, the PM said he understood the anxiety people had about AI making their jobs redundant, and that AI is creating jobs. 
  • For more, please visit the Telegraph website. 

Online predator jailed for preying on dozens of children across UK including NI 

  • A former children’s holiday camp manager who groomed more than 70 teenage boys online has been jailed for 13 years and five years on licence.
  • The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to 36 separate charges earlier this year including attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual communication with a child, and making two category C indecent images of children.
  • The National Crime Agency (NCA) unmasked the predator who pretended to be a 16-year-old girl, and hid behind the online alias, “Lizzielemon”.
  • He preyed on people on Instagram, MyLol and Love Crush before moving conversations to Google Hangouts, Discord and Skype.
  • Investigators also found he searched online for underage boys in Colombia ahead of a planned visit.
  • Bethany Raine, Specialist Prosecutor in the CPS’ Organised Child Sexual Abuse Unit, reported: “Our Organised Child Sexual Abuse Unit was set up last year to prosecute child sexual abuse. Through the work of this unit, the CPS is determined to help stop the devastating impact of these crimes on victims.”
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.

Belfast Jewish student sent Swastikas- Lord Mann

  • The government’s independent adviser on antisemitism has said a student at Queen’s university Belfast (QUB) was sent swastikas for being Jewish.  
  • Lord Mann told BBC News NI some students have hidden their identity for fear of their safety.  
  • QUB said it was not aware of the incident and urged the student involved to contact the university.  
  • Lord Mann said, “this is not normal behaviour, it is extremist behaviour, and it is dangerous”.  
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.