Ars Technica: OpenAI invites everyone to test new AI-powered chatbot—with amusing results

Ars Technica: OpenAI invites everyone to test new AI-powered chatbot—with amusing results. “On Wednesday, OpenAI announced ChatGPT, a dialogue-based AI chat interface for its GPT-3 family of large language models. It’s currently free to use with an OpenAI account during a testing phase. Unlike the GPT-3 model found in OpenAI’s Playground and API, ChatGPT provides a user-friendly conversational interface and is designed to strongly limit potentially harmful output.”

Google Lamda: A glimpse at the ultra-realistic chat tech (BBC)

BBC: Google Lamda: A glimpse at the ultra-realistic chat tech. “Google has launched a UK version of an app that lets users interact with the artificial-intelligence system one of its engineers has claimed is sentient. It is a very limited trial, with just three scenarios to choose from. And while Google wants feedback about how its Language Model for Dialogue Applications (Lamda) performs, the app users cannot teach it any new tricks.”

‘Chat’ with Musk, Trump or Xi: Ex-Googlers want to give the public AI (Washington Post)

Washington Post: ‘Chat’ with Musk, Trump or Xi: Ex-Googlers want to give the public AI. “A new chatbot start-up from two top artificial intelligence talents lets anyone strike up a conversation with impersonations of Donald Trump, Elon Musk, Albert Einstein and Sherlock Holmes. Registered users type in messages and get responses. They can also create a chatbot of their own on Character.ai, which has logged hundreds of thousands of user interactions in its first three weeks of beta-testing.”

WIRED: This Chatbot Aims to Steer People Away From Child Abuse Material

WIRED: This Chatbot Aims to Steer People Away From Child Abuse Material. “THERE ARE HUGE volumes of child sexual abuse photos and videos online—millions of pieces are removed from the web every year. These illegal images are often found on social media websites, image hosting services, dark web forums, and legal pornography websites. Now a new tool on one of the biggest pornography websites is trying to interrupt people as they search for child sexual abuse material and redirect them to a service where they can get help.”

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.”

Veteran’s Administration: Got a VA question? Use the new virtual chatbot 24/7

Veteran’s Administration: Got a VA question? Use the new virtual chatbot 24/7. “Got a question about your VA benefits, health care, eligibility? You might want to check VA’s website, where you can access a new interactive chatbot to ask questions—24 hours a day, seven days a week. Veterans, caregivers and families can still browse the website or search it for information, but in addition you can now ask specific questions to the chatbot.”

Wall Street Journal: How Data Is Changing the College Experience

Wall Street Journal: How Data Is Changing the College Experience. “In the real world, Pounce is a fuzzy game-day presence, rooting on the university’s athletes. In the virtual world, the mascot is a chatbot enhanced with artificial intelligence. The virtual version was introduced in the summer of 2016 to incoming freshmen, who could text questions to Pounce 24/7 and in just seconds get answers about financial aid, registration, housing, admissions and academic advising. Three years later, Pounce was rolled out to the entire student body, with broader capabilities—able not only to answer questions but also to initiate interactions on its own. For example, the chatbot can intervene when a student is determined to be at risk of failing a class or dropping out of school.”

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.

California Department of Public Health: California Becomes First State to Launch Chatbot to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation, Especially Focused on the Spanish-Speaking Community

California Department of Public Health: California Becomes First State to Launch Chatbot to Combat COVID-19 Misinformation, Especially Focused on the Spanish-Speaking Community. “The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today unveiled new Spanish- and English-language WhatsApp chatbot tools to offer reliable information about COVID-19 to Californians, especially those in the Latino community.”

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.”

Newswise: Are you talking to a chatbot? Would you like to?

Newswise: Are you talking to a chatbot? Would you like to?. “As artificial intelligence and natural language processing advance, we often don’t know if we are talking to a person or an AI-powered chatbot, says Tom Kelleher, Ph.D., an advertising professor in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. What matters more than who (or what) is on the other side of the chat, Kelleher has found, is the perceived humanness of the interaction.”

Behind Bot-in-a-Box by Google: It’s No-Code Conversational AI Tool (Analytics India)

Analytics India: Behind Bot-in-a-Box by Google: It’s No-Code Conversational AI Tool. “Google utilized its existing AI tool – Google Cloud Contact Center AI’s Dialogflow to create Bot-in-a-Box within Business Messages. It supports ‘Custom Intents’ that allows the chatbot to understand multiple ways in which similar questions are asked and respond accurately using ML capabilities. This new tool in Google’s Business Messages allows organizations to deploy it on their own business channels and even on Google Search and Google Maps. The new no-code solution uses the existing customer FAQ document and Dialogflow’s technology to create chatbots that can understand and respond to customer questions.”

The Conversation: We studied suicide notes to learn about the language of despair – and we’re training AI chatbots to do the same

The Conversation: We studied suicide notes to learn about the language of despair – and we’re training AI chatbots to do the same. “We believe the safest approach to understanding the language patterns of people with suicidal thoughts is to study their messages. The choice and arrangement of their words, the sentiment and the rationale all offer insight into the author’s thoughts. For our recent work we examined more than 100 suicide notes from various texts and identified four relevant language patterns: negative sentiment, constrictive thinking, idioms and logical fallacies.”