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November 24, 2023

OpenAI ‘was working on advanced model so powerful it alarmed staff’ 

  • The artificial intelligence (AI) Model triggered such alarm with OpenAI researchers that they wrote to the board of directors.
  • The model, called Q* (Q-star) was able to solve basic maths problems it had not seen before, which added that the pace of development behind the system alarmed some safety researchers.
  • The ability to solve maths problems would be viewed as a significant development in AI.
  • Many experts are concerned that companies such as OpenAI are moving too fast towards developing artificial general intelligence (AGI), the term for a system that can perform a variety of tasks at human or above human levels of intelligence.
  • The ChatGPT developer states that it was established with the goal of developing “safe and beneficial artificial general intelligence for the benefit of humanity” and that the for-profit company would be “legally bound to pursue the nonprofit’s mission.”
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

UK-Wide Public Consultation Launched ‘Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping: your views’

  • On 4th October 2023, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published a command paper ‘Stopping the start: our new plan to create a smokefree generation’ setting out proposed actions to create the first “smokefree generation.”
  • The Public Health Agency welcomes this UK-wide public consultation Creating a smokefree generation and tackling youth vaping: your views’ – and is encouraging everyone in Northern Ireland to submit their responses to it.
  • The consultation runs until 6th December 2023 at 11:59pm.
  • Dr Joanne McClean, Director of Public Health in Northern Ireland, said: “Ensuring people do not become addicted to smoking in the first place, and helping current smokers to quit, are two effective measures we can take to protect our population’s health.”
  • According to the NI young person’s behaviour and attitudes survey 2022, 21.3% of 11- to 16-year-olds in Northern Ireland reported having ever used an e- cigarette. Nicotine vapes, in particular, can be highly addictive and withdrawal causes anxiety, trouble concentrating and headaches.
  • The Public Health Agency welcomes the inclusion of proposals to restrict child friendly flavours and brightly coloured packaging for vapes, and to examine the cost, reduce the appeal, affordability and availability to children.
  • For more, please visit the Southern Trust website.

NI primary school named gold award winner at education ‘Oscars’ receives accolade on The One Show

  • St Oliver Plunkett Primary School received its Person National Teaching Award on The One Show.
  • Eve Bremner, chief executive of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), stated that the honour was a wonderful recognition for the work and commitment from staff at the school.
  • Judges were impressed with the way the school prides itself on embracing pupils from all social and economic backgrounds, including tapping into several NI sporting bodies and music classes.
  • Sara Long, chief executive of the Education Authority, added: “This award is testament to the school’s dedication and commitment to its pupils and the wider school community, and a reflection of the real impact teaching has on the lives and education of our young people.”
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.