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January 15, 2024

OpenAI changes policy to allow military applications 

  • OpenAI has revised its policy to permit the development and use of its artificial intelligence technology for military applications.
  • The company says the change was made to allow for beneficial use cases, such as helping to secure open-source software that critical infrastructure and industry depend on.
  • OpenAI’s decision to allow military applications raises concerns about the potential ethical implications and risks associated with the use of advanced AI technologies in military contexts.
  • For more, please visit the Tech Crunch website.

I was ‘gang raped’ in the Metaverse — the attack may have been virtual but my trauma is very real 

  • Another victim of assault in the metaverse, has emphasised the genuine trauma she experienced, highlighting the necessity for safety and security measures within virtual spaces.
  • Her experience coincides with a case of a British teenager, who contacted police after being assaulted in the metaverse – law enforcement officials compared her trauma to that of someone physically assaulted, due to the immersive nature of VR.
  • This incident underscores the need for stricter regulations and increased awareness regarding the potential risks associated with online interactions, urging authorities to address the emerging challenges of the digital age.
  • For more, please visit the New York Post website.

‘Extremely disappointing’ figures reveal NI students overpaid loans by almost £12m in seven years 

  • Recent figures obtained from the Student Loans Company (SLC) after a Freedom of Information request, reveal that students in Northern Ireland have overpaid loans by almost £12 million in seven years.
  • Student leaders have reported these figures to be “extremely disappointing” with young people struggling amidst the cost-of-living crisis.
  • The SLC reported that it relies on customers keeping their details up to date, and the online repayment scheme can help manage repayments.
  • For more, please visit the Belfast Telegraph website.