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Top 5 latest Digital, Social Media, AI & Web3 News in 5 minutes, to help your ministry stay on top of industry trends. 

This week, we have news about OpenAI, ChatGPT, Meta, Google, YouTube, WhatsApp.

🗞️ News 1: OpenAI Lets You Create, Build & Share ‘Your Own’ GPTs Without Coding   

OpenAI made some big announcements at their developer day event last week including the release of a new model called GPT 4 turbo, multi modal capabilities and text to speech capabilities. But the big announcement is the ability for you to create your own version of ChatGPT. They have released a feature called GPTs, which now lets you create, design, build, and share your own version of ChatGPTs. You can feed knowledge and give instructions. They are coming up with a store where all customized GPTs will be available. OpenAI says they may even pay for GPTs that are used by a lot of people. Very interesting announcement has a lot of applications for nonprofits and ministries. And this requires no coding. So highly recommend that you sign up and start testing it yourself.

🗞️ News 2: Meta Announces its Commitment to ‘Lantern’, a Child Safety Program    

Meta announced that they are participating in the Lantern Program. Lantern is a program that brings together various technology companies to ensure online child safety. This is led by an organization called Tech Coalition. This announcement says “Lantern enables technology companies to share a variety of signals about accounts and behaviors that violate child safety policies. Lantern participants…”, which includes big names like Google and other tech players, “…can use this information to conduct investigations on their own platforms and take action”. So the idea is for tech companies to come together, share information and signals about potential accounts that may be violating child safety regulations, and make the entire ecosystem safer for children. If you are in children’s ministry, this is something you need to be aware of.

🗞️ News 3: Google SGE, Search Generative (AI) Experience Expands to 120 Countries   

Google says that they are expanding SGE, Search Generative Experience, which is basically AI-driven search experience to 120 more countries. They initially launched it in just three countries, and now Google says that this has been well received by users. People find it more informative when AI adds additional context to their search. They’re also adding four new languages, and a couple of upgrades that will make SGE more interactive, including AI-powered translation help and more definitions for topics. And here is what you can do as a nonprofit or a ministry. First, Google your own ministry name, your own brand name, and see what AI gives as an information. This will help you understand what people are seeing when they search for your name with AI’s help, which is only going to increase in the days to come.

🗞️ News 4: WhatsApp ‘Calling’ Gets New Security Features Including IP Protection       

WhatsApp has announced that they are adding a couple of optional security features inside WhatsApp that makes ‘WhatsApp Calling’ more secure. If you’re a WhatsApp user, you know that calling is a big function that many people have started using, especially because international contact has become so simple. With just a tap of a button, you can reach out to anybody around the world on WhatsApp with ease. And the call qualities have been getting better and better. They are releasing two features. First is silence unknown callers, which is a new setting on WhatsApp that not only quiets annoying calls, but also blocks sophisticated cyber attacks. The second feature is called protect IP address in calls, which is also a new setting inside WhatsApp that helps you hide your location from other parties that are on the call.

🗞️ News 5: YouTube Releases 2 AI Experiments Inside Comments & Video Watch Page 

YouTube is continuing to push AI integration deeper into the product. Last week, they announced two interesting experiments. I like both these experiments. The first one is AI coming into the comments section. So if you have a video and you have lots of comments, now AI will actually pick those comments, sort them for you by topics. For example, if there are 10 comments that talks about a particular question then it will have the question as a topic and all these 10 comments will be grouped under that. The second is an AI chatbot living right below the video that people are watching. Along with the video, while they are watching the video, without the video stopping, people can have a conversation with this AI chatbot about the video. For example, you can just say, “can you summarize this video?” And the AI chatbot will summarize the video for you without you having to watch it completely. Very interesting AI experiments from YouTube.

News Source Links

🗞️ News 1: OpenAI Lets You Create, Build & Share ‘Your Own’ GPTs Without Coding   

Source: OpenAI

🗞️ News 2: Meta Announces its Commitment to ‘Lantern’, a Child Safety Program    

Source: Meta

🗞️ News 3: Google SGE, Search Generative (AI) Experience Expands to 120 Countries   

Source: Google

🗞️ News 4: WhatsApp ‘Calling’ Gets New Security Features Including IP Protection       

Source: WhatsApp

🗞️ News 5: YouTube Releases 2 AI Experiments Inside Comments & Video Watch Page 

Source: YouTube

Connected Church News: Digital, Social Media & Web3 – Week 3, Nov 2023
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