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May 5, 2023

UK and US intervene amid AI Industry’s rapid advances

  • The UK and US have intervened in the race to develop the most powerful artificial intelligence technology.
  • British competition watchdog has launched a review of the sector and the White House has advised tech firms of their fundamental responsibility in producing safe products.
  • Regulators are under increasing pressure to intervene with the emergence of ChatGPT raising concerns about the potential spread of misinformation, a rise in fraud and the impact on the job market.
  • The UK Competition and Markets Authority are going to look at the underlying systems behind AI tools and will publish their findings in September.
  • To read the full story, please visit the Guardian’s website.

Avoid ‘get rich quick’ schemes on Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

  • TSB have said that 80% of its cases within fraud categories came through the Meta owned companies.
  • TSB have warned users to keep an eye out for random messages from people claiming to be family members asking them to transfer money.
  • TSB have also warned those who are new to investing to stick to recognised platforms and avoid the ‘get rich quick’ schemes widely advertised on social media.
  • Meta says it is acting and has joined with Stop Scams UK to launch a WhatsApp awareness campaign – ‘Stop. Think. Call.’
  • Meta have reported that this is an industry wide issue, however users can report this content in a few simple clicks and where necessary work with police to support investigations.
  • For more on this story, please visit the Sky News website.

Discord plans to make everyone change their username

  • Discord has announced everyone using their platform will be asked to change their username “over the coming weeks”.
  • Previously, users were identified using a name, a hashtag and four numbers.
  • The new system requires people to create a unique username following an ‘@’ symbol, much like Twitter and Instagram.
  • Go to the BBC News website for the full story.

Pre-school uptake in vaccines in steady decline

  • The Northern Ireland Audit report has found that 15,000 children have not been fully vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella over the past seven years.
  • 10,200 children have not received all recommended doses of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV).
  • Over the last seven years in the Belfast Health Trust, one in seven children have missed the six-in-one vaccine which protects against multiple diseases.
  • The report commends that the Department of Health ensures that existing information systems supporting vaccinations are “fit for purpose”.
  • Other recommendations within the report include adequate staffing in GP surgeries and appropriate clinical training.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.