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January 9, 2024

‘Impossible’ to create AI tools like ChatGPT without copyrighted material, OpenAI says 

  • OpenAI has said it would be impossible to create tools like ChatGPT without access to copyrighted material.
  • It comes after growing pressure on AI firms regarding the content used to train their products.
  • Last month, the New York Times sued OpenAI and Microsoft, which is a leading investor in OpenAI and uses its tools in its products, accusing them of “unlawful use” of its work to create their products.
  • In a submission to the House of Lords communications and digital select committee, OpenAI said it could not train large language models without access to copyrighted material.
  • OpenAI also reported that limiting training materials to out-of-copyright books and drawings would produce inadequate AI systems.
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

Apple pays out over claims it deliberately slowed down iPhones 

  • Apple is now making payments in a prolonged US class action lawsuit related to deliberate iPhone slowdowns, dating back to December 2017 when the company confirmed this practice.
  • Apple claimed that as batteries aged, their performance decreased, and so the “slowdown” lengthened the phones’ lifespan.
  • However, it was accused of decreasing performance of iPhones without informing the customers, leading to legal action at the time.
  • Apple has previously called the lawsuit “baseless” and said “we have never – and would never – do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product, or degrade the user experience to drive customer upgrades.”
  • The US legal action ensued, and during the settlement, initial estimates suggested individuals might receive as little as $25 each; however, the actual payout seems to be nearly four times that amount.
  • In the UK, Apple lost a bid to block a similar mass action lawsuit last November.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.

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Rapid help needed for Covid babies who fell behind, says former Ofsted chief 

  • Babies born in England during the Covid-19 pandemic have been slower at developing key language, cognitive and social skills.
  • According to data highlighted by Labour’s education team, over 80,000 children born in 2020 or 2021 did not reach one or more of the key measures of progress for their age group last year.
  • This figure includes 60,000 very young children who did not develop communication abilities seen in children their age.
  • The veteran education policymaker Sir David Bell reported that nursery closures and “eye-watering” childcare costs meant two-year-olds were unable to receive high-quality early years education to make up for the “crucial experiences” they missed during the pandemic.
  • Bell reported: “Many nursery providers are already saying they will not offer these new entitlements, meaning families will continue to struggle to get the childcare they need.”
  • He continued: “There is no plan to recruit the staff needed to care for more children. There are no proposals for how these new nursery places will be delivered, nor how to solve the problem of childcare deserts that exist across the country.”
  • For more, please visit The Guardian website.

Labour plans to use AI to tackle school absence 

  • Shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson will set out a range of measures later, which include using AI to spot trends in absence.
  • A Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) report this week suggested more school sport could help but also found some parents thought children did not need to be in school every day.
  • Labour’s plans include a register for home-schooled pupils, to track those not in mainstream schooling, free breakfast clubs for all primary-aged children in England, more mental-health support in schools and giving schools more funding for early speech-and-language interventions.
  • On Monday, the government announced £15m worth of investment over three years to address school attendance issues.
  • The DfE has promised 18 new attendance hubs bringing the total to 32 across England.
  • Education Secretary Gillian Keegan called attendance issues her top priority: “We want all our children to have the best start in life because we know that attending school is vital to a child’s wellbeing, development, and attainment,”.
  • For more, please visit the BBC News website.