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June 2, 2023

BeReal is adding a messaging feature called RealChat

  • BeReal is beginning testing on a chat feature among users in Ireland.
  • Users will be able to message one on one with friends, send them a private BeReal and react with RealMojis.
  • BeReal users will only be able to message each other if they’re already friends on the platform.
  • The feature will have blocking and reporting mechanisms included.
  • For the full story, go to the Tech Crunch website.

Eating disorder group pulls chatbot sharing diet advice

  • The CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), Liz Thompson has reported that it has taken down its chatbot ‘Tessa’.
  • This is following reports of the bot providing off-script language.
  • She stated that the language that was shared about weight loss and dieting is against NEDA’s philosophies and policies and was not included in the original programming.
  • In recent weeks, some social media users posted screenshots of their encounter with the chatbot, sharing that the bot advised them to engage in restrictive eating and dieting behaviours.
  • The chatbot initially replaced helpline staff, of which many felt could not offer the same support.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

Powerful artificial-intelligence ban possible, government adviser warns

  • A member of the government’s AI council has warned that some powerful artificial general intelligence (AGI) systems may have to be banned.
  • He stated that AGI needed stronger transparency and audit requirements, including more inbuilt safety technology.
  • He also raised that in the next six months to a year, sensible decisions on AGI would need to be made.
  • For more on this, go to the BBC website.

Northern Ireland urged to follow Wales in banning smoking outside school gates

  • Research from Asthma and Lung UK NI has found 79.1% want smoking outside school gates to be banned in order to protect children’s health.
  • The charity has urged Stormont’s Department of Health to follow the example set in Wales and ban smoking outside schools.
  • In Wales, a ban was introduced in March 2021 on smoking around schools, playgrounds and other locations used by children.
  • Children who breathe in second hand smoke can have increased risk of developing asthma and hindering lung development.
  • For the full story, go to the Belfast Live website.