MakeUseOf: How to Manage Your Group Chats on Twitter. “Twitter Group Direct Messages, or group chats, have exploded in popularity since their introduction in 2015. What began as a modest addition to the direct messaging feature, multi-user DMs have evolved into a fun and convenient way to socialize with friends, family, and followers—and are well on their way to becoming the primary use of the Twitter app for many users. Here’s how to create and manage your group chat on Twitter.”
The Mainichi: Latest AI ‘Buddhabot’ allows users to ‘chat’ with Buddha image about their worries . “A team of researchers in Japan has developed an artificial intelligence system for smartphones that can automatically answer users’ questions about their worries from a Buddhist perspective, while displaying an image of Buddha on the screen. The AI system is fed with two types of Buddhist scriptures including the world’s oldest ‘Sutta Nipata,’ and is capable of coming up with 1,000 kinds of answers depending on the content of users’ consultations.”
MakeUseOf: 8 Virtual AI Companions to Chat and Have Fun With . “Most of us already use AI assistants like Siri or Alexa for carrying out simple tasks. But, in case you don’t know, you can have a virtual AI companion and chat with them as you do with your friends. These AI chatbots can be fun to talk to and help you overcome loneliness. Below, we list the eight AI companion chatbots you should try out.” These chatbots are fun to play with, but please remember you should not assume any kind of privacy to your conversations.
Android Central: Google finally shutters this long-defunct messaging service. “Google has completely pulled the plug on Talk, a legacy messaging service that you probably haven’t used in a very long time. Google Talk has remained operational for quite some time, even after it was retired a few years ago, but that officially ends today.”
University at Buffalo: Innovative chatbot provides safe space for young people to learn about sexual and reproductive health
University at Buffalo: Innovative chatbot provides safe space for young people to learn about sexual and reproductive health. “An innovative chatbot designed for sharing critical information about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) with young people in India is demonstrating how artificial intelligence (AI) applications can engage vulnerable and hard-to-reach population segments.”
The Verge: A chatbot could help prevent eating disorders, new study finds. “A chatbot may help reduce the likelihood a person develops an eating disorder, according to a new study. For women at a high risk for an eating disorder, going through a dialogue with a bot developed by researchers reduced concern over body weight and shape — a factor that contributes to their risk.”
Tech Xplore: Artificial intelligence answers COVID questions. “A chatbot that is based on an artificial neural network that can carry out natural language processing (NLP) is being developed by researchers in India. The team describes how the chatbot can be programmed to answer questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details are to be found in the International Journal of Intelligent Engineering Informatics.”
9to5 Google: New Gmail with Google Chat tabs rolling out for free accounts, here’s how to turn on. “Last year, Google announced that the future of Gmail will see Chat messaging and group Rooms join the existing Meet video calling integration. This is already available to enterprise Workspace users, and Google is now letting personal Gmail accounts get this ‘integrated workspace.’” Isn’t this something GMail had several years ago, or was that a different integrated chat?
BBC: Omegle: Children expose themselves on video chat site. WARNING: Disturbing content. Even this excerpt is disturbing. “A BBC investigation into the increasingly popular live video chat website Omegle has found what appear to be prepubescent boys explicitly touching themselves in front of strangers.”
Neowin: Telegram adds group voice chats, lays out plans for monetization in 2021. “Telegram is receiving one more update before the end of 2020, once again bringing new features to the platform. Throughout the year, the company has developed a handful of major new features, including support for video calls, video editing tools, support for bigger files, and more; this time, the highlight of the update is voice chats.”
TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger ditches Discover, demotes chat bots. “Chat bots were central to Facebook Messenger’s strategy three years ago. Now they’re being hidden from view in the app along with games and businesses. Facebook Messenger is now removing the Discover tab as it focuses on speed and simplicity instead of broad utility like China’s WeChat.”
The Next Web: 2020 will mark the death of the chatbot as we know it. “According to recent research, only 9 percent of customers felt that they would be best served by a chatbot for serious enquiries, whereas the figures for a voice call were in excess of 80 percent. But with 80 percent of contact centers wanting to adopt chatbot technology by 2020, what is does this industry know that we don’t? Well, they are seeing the bright and not-so-distant future of this technology, and it doesn’t look like a thing like your average chatbot.”