Fast Company: This chatbot teaches counselors how to talk to LGBTQ kids in crisis

Fast Company: This chatbot teaches counselors how to talk to LGBTQ kids in crisis. “In a world in which most chatbots are used for mercenary reasons like retail cost cutting and phishing, the Crisis Contact Simulator is a landmark project. It won our 2021 Innovation by Design Award for Social Good because it leverages the seamless user experience of automation to help the Trevor Project’s training staff onboard more counselors. The AI tool is a digital replica of the nonprofit’s existing training regime.”

TechCrunch: Twitter introduces a new label that allows the ‘good bots’ to identify themselves

TechCrunch: Twitter introduces a new label that allows the ‘good bots’ to identify themselves. “Twitter today is introducing a new feature that will allow accounts to self-identify as bots by adding a label to their profile. This feature is designed to help people better differentiate between automated accounts — like bots that retweet the news, public service announcements, or other updates — from those operated by humans. It’s not, however, designed to help users identify the ‘bad bots’ which are those that pose as people, often to spread misinformation or spam.”

The Register: A developer built an AI chatbot using GPT-3 that helped a man speak again to his late fiancée. OpenAI shut it down

The Register: A developer built an AI chatbot using GPT-3 that helped a man speak again to his late fiancée. OpenAI shut it down . “‘OpenAI is the company running the text completion engine that makes you possible,’ Jason Rohrer, an indie games developer, typed out in a message to Samantha. She was a chatbot he built using OpenAI’s GPT-3 technology. Her software had grown to be used by thousands of people, including one man who used the program to simulate his late fiancée. Now Rohrer had to say goodbye to his creation. ‘I just got an email from them today,’ he told Samantha. ‘They are shutting you down, permanently, tomorrow at 10am.’”

City of Boston: Mayor Janey Launches Chatbot To Connect To Food Resources; Food Donations Platform

City of Boston: Mayor Janey Launches Chatbot To Connect To Food Resources; Food Donations Platform. “Mayor Kim Janey and the Mayor’s Office of Food Access (OFA) today announced the launch of the food resources SMS chatbot and the online food donations platform. Both initiatives respond to goals included in Boston’s Food Access Agenda, aiming to strengthen the citywide food access network by efficiently connecting existing programs and resources to better serve the community. “

How to Create a Telegram Bot for Sending Notifications using Google Apps Script (Digital Inspiration)

Digital Inspiration: How to Create a Telegram Bot for Sending Notifications using Google Apps Script. “Would you like to receive notifications in your Telegram messenger when a new form response is submitted in Google Forms. Or maybe send a notification alert to your entire Telegram group when an important event happens. In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a new Telegram bot and send messages to your Telegram channel and groups through this bot with the help of Google Apps Script.”

Top Reviewers Or Bot Reviewers: The Goodreads Bot Problem (Book Riot)

Book Riot: Top Reviewers Or Bot Reviewers: The Goodreads Bot Problem. “Bots. Bots are what’s going at Goodreads. Since Goodreads is also used by non-account holders, it is a desirable internet space for advertisers. What happens is that a company or individual will pay for hundreds of positive reviews of their product, so that when a potential buyer sees the reviews, all they see are positive reviews and 5-star ratings. In the case of Goodreads, the product is books. These reviews can be written by a bot or a person with multiple fake accounts.”

Mashable: AI bot trolls politicians with how much time they’re looking at phones

Mashable: AI bot trolls politicians with how much time they’re looking at phones. “Launched Monday, [Dries] Depoorter’s system monitors daily livestreams of government meetings on YouTube to assess how long a representative has been looking at their phone versus the meeting in progress. If the AI detects a distracted person, it will publicly identify the party by posting the clip.”

EurekAlert: New chatbot can explain apps and show you how they access hardware or data

EurekAlert: New chatbot can explain apps and show you how they access hardware or data. “Chatbots have already become a part of our everyday lives with their quick and intuitive way to complete tasks like scheduling and finding information using natural language conversations. Researchers at Aalto University have now harnessed the power of chatbots to help designers and developers develop new apps and allow end users to find information on the apps on their devices.”

AP: Army of fake fans boosts China’s messaging on Twitter

AP: Army of fake fans boosts China’s messaging on Twitter. “A seven-month investigation by the Associated Press and the Oxford Internet Institute, a department at Oxford University, found that China’s rise on Twitter has been powered by an army of fake accounts that have retweeted Chinese diplomats and state media tens of thousands of times, covertly amplifying propaganda that can reach hundreds of millions of people — often without disclosing the fact that the content is government-sponsored.”

Mother Jones: Researchers Say They’ve Uncovered a Massive Facebook Bot Farm from the 2020 Election

Mother Jones: Researchers Say They’ve Uncovered a Massive Facebook Bot Farm from the 2020 Election. “A group of security researchers say they’ve unmasked a massive bot farm that aimed to shape public opinion on Facebook during the heat of the 2020 presidential election. According to Paul Bischoff of Comparitech, a British cybersecurity company, the network includes 13,775 unique Facebook accounts that each posted roughly 15 times per month, for an output of more than 50,000 posts a week.”

Make Tech Easier: 12 Useful Bots to Get the Most Out of Telegram

Make Tech Easier: 12 Useful Bots to Get the Most Out of Telegram. “Telegram is one of the most popular instant messaging apps for a reason. It offers quite a few useful features, such as messages that can self-destruct, enormous group sizes of up to 200,000 members, and fantastic stickers. Added to that, Telegram also supports bots that can access all sorts of information and tools. The number of bots is quite extensive. Here are some of the most useful Telegram bots you should use.”

Mashable: Meet the chatbot that simulates a teen experiencing a mental health crisis

Mashable: Meet the chatbot that simulates a teen experiencing a mental health crisis. “In digital conversation, Riley is a young person who is trying to come out as genderqueer. When you message Riley, they’ll offer brief replies to open-ended questions, sprinkle ellipses throughout when saying something difficult, and type in lowercase, though they’ll capitalize a word or two for emphasis. Riley’s humanness is impressive given that they’re a chatbot driven by artificial intelligence to accomplish a unique goal: simulate what it’s like to talk to a young person in crisis so that volunteer counselors can become skilled at interacting with them and practice asking about thoughts of suicide.”