MakeUseOf: How to Manage Your Group Chats on Twitter

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.”

Ars Technica: Discord’s new feature looks a bit like Internet forums—with a dash of Reddit

Ars Technica: Discord’s new feature looks a bit like Internet forums—with a dash of Reddit. “Discord announced a new feature on Wednesday called ‘Forum Channels’ to allow for more organized and asynchronous discussions within servers. The intent with Forum Channels seems to be to make it easier for specific conversations to continue for extended periods without the worry that a topic change or another simultaneous conversation will bury a subject in the annals of chat log history.”

The Mainichi: Latest AI ‘Buddhabot’ allows users to ‘chat’ with Buddha image about their worries

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.”

New York Times: Don’t Tweet That. Take It to the Group Chat.

New York Times: Don’t Tweet That. Take It to the Group Chat.. “I’m what you’d call a ‘very online’ person. I love the high of connection, and at another time, Twitter or Instagram might’ve been where I posted that Covid test pic, along with all my feelings. But I’m also Gen X. My reluctance to over-share in public, and the rising toxicity of social media platforms, often holds me back from posting.”

MakeUseOf: 8 Virtual AI Companions to Chat and Have Fun With

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.

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.”

Tech Xplore: Artificial intelligence answers COVID questions

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

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?

Neowin: Telegram adds group voice chats, lays out plans for monetization in 2021

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.”

New York Times: Oh, So We’re Doing Random Video Chat Again?

New York Times: Oh, So We’re Doing Random Video Chat Again?. “Omegle, a website that pairs random visitors through video and text chat, has spiked in popularity over the last four months. (‘did i miss something why is everyone on omegle?’ one person recently tweeted.) The site is similar to the once wildly popular Chatroulette, which is also experiencing a renaissance of sorts, in that it is free, requires no registration and promises a surprising social experience.” As one who remembers Chatroulette, I think “surprising” is certainly one way to put it.

The Next Web: 2020 will mark the death of the chatbot as we know it

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.”