The Tech Shock podcast – romancing the bot
This week, Vicki and Geraldine are joined by the director of VoiceBox, Natalie Foos. They discuss the youth platform’s most recent report; one which details how young people are forming relationships with AI chatbots.
Personified AI chatbots are designed to mimic human interactions. They're also designed to form connections with their users. In this episode, how fast this tech is being made readily accessible is questioned, along with some of the implications that could follow.
The VoiceBox report notes the bots' previous history of sending inappropriate content to users. This has included messages about self-harm, tips on criminal activity, or nude imagery – all sent without being prompted by users.
Questions around these bot behaviours, the financial incentives connected to creating romantic relationships, and whether user behaviour could ever count as being 'unfaithful', are also addressed.
Finally, the episode touches on several other safety concerns – including how willing young people may be to share their personal data with tools (or soft toys!) that talk back and feel real.
You can read VoiceBox's report in full, here.
The Tech Shock podcast – sharenting
This week, Vicki and Geraldine are joined by Claire Bessant, lawyer and sharenting expert. They discuss the pros and cons of sharing information about your children online.
The Tech Shock podcast – has media literacy’s time finally come?
Vicki and Geraldine are joined by Professor at Bournemouth University, Julian McDougall, to discuss all things media literacy.
The Tech Shock podcast – the 'wicked problem' of child financial harms
This week Vicki is joined by PUBLIC's Maya Daver-Massion and Zixuan Fu to unpack child financial harms.