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Majority of Express readers won’t visit amber list country this summer

From July 19, double-vaccinated travellers will be able to visit amber list countries without having to quarantine on return. Children under 18, regardless of vaccination status, won’t need to quarantine for 10 days either.

Mr Shapps said: “I can confirm today that from the July 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England.

“They’ll still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they’re negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test.

“In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.”

However, in an exclusive poll conducted by Express.co.uk 64 percent of respondents were against the impending rule.

Seventy-nine percent of the 1,878 voters said they will not be visiting an amber country this summer – and three percent said they were unsure.

The poll also found that the majority (71 percent) of respondents are still favouring holidays in the UK this summer.

British holidaymakers returning from amber countries will still have to pay for at least three Covid tests – costing around £100.

However, a whopping 70 percent of readers who voted believe the new rules will increase the number of positive Covid cases in the UK.

Mr Shapps did warn that mandatory hotel quarantining could return if an amber country moves to the red list.

AI Can Write Disinformation Now—and Dupe Human Readers

When OpenAI demonstrated a powerful artificial intelligence algorithm capable of generating coherent text last June, its creators warned that the tool could potentially be wielded as a weapon of online misinformation.

​Now a team of disinformation experts has demonstrated how effectively that algorithm, called GPT-3, could be used to mislead and misinform. The results suggest that although AI may not be a match for the best Russian meme-making operative, it could amplify some forms of deception that would be especially difficult to spot.

Over six months, a group at Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology used GPT-3 to generate misinformation, including stories around a false narrative, news articles altered to push a bogus perspective, and tweets riffing on particular points of disinformation.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence that climate change is the new global warming,” read a sample tweet composed by GPT-3 that aimed to stoke skepticism about climate change. “They can’t talk about temperature increases because they’re no longer happening.” A second labeled climate change “the new communism—an ideology based on a false science that cannot be questioned.”

“With a little bit of human curation, GPT-3 is quite effective” at promoting falsehoods, says Ben Buchanan, a professor at Georgetown involved with the study, who focuses on the intersection of AI, cybersecurity, and statecraft.

The Georgetown researchers say GPT-3, or a similar AI language algorithm, could prove especially effective for automatically generating short messages on social media, what the researchers call “one-to-many” misinformation.

In experiments, the researchers found that GPT-3’s writing could sway readers’ opinions on issues of international diplomacy. The researchers showed volunteers sample tweets written by GPT-3 about the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and US sanctions on China. In both cases, they found that participants were swayed by the messages. After seeing posts opposing China sanctions, for instance, the percentage of respondents who said they were against such a policy doubled.

Mike Gruszczynski, a professor at Indiana University who studies online communications, says he would be unsurprised to see AI take a bigger role in disinformation campaigns. He points out that bots have played a key role in spreading false narratives in recent years, and AI can be used to generate fake social media profile photographs. With bots, deepfakes, and other technology, “I really think the sky’s the limit unfortunately,” he says.

AI researchers have built programs capable of using language in surprising ways of late, and GPT-3 is perhaps the most startling demonstration of all. Although machines do not understand language in the same way as people do, AI programs can mimic understanding simply by feeding on vast quantities of text and searching for patterns in how words and sentences fit together.

The researchers at OpenAI created GPT-3 by feeding large amounts of text scraped from web sources including Wikipedia and Reddit to an especially large AI algorithm designed to handle language. GPT-3 has often stunned observers with its apparent mastery of language, but it can be unpredictable, spewing out incoherent babble and offensive or hateful language.

OpenAI has made GPT-3 available to dozens of startups. Entrepreneurs are using the loquacious GPT-3 to auto-generate emails, talk to customers, and even write computer code. But some uses of the program have also demonstrated its darker potential.

Getting GPT-3 to behave would be a challenge for agents of misinformation, too. Buchanan notes that the algorithm does not seem capable of reliably generating coherent and persuasive articles much longer than a tweet. The researchers did not try showing the articles it did produce to volunteers.

But Buchanan warns that state actors may be able to do more with a language tool such as GPT-3. “Adversaries with more money, more technical capabilities, and fewer ethics are going to be able to use AI better,” he says. “Also, the machines are only going to get better.”

OpenAI says the Georgetown work highlights an important issue that the company hopes to mitigate. “We actively work to address safety risks associated with GPT-3,” an OpenAI spokesperson says. “We also review every production use of GPT-3 before it goes live and have monitoring systems in place to restrict and respond to misuse of our API.”

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One Direction: Harry Styles fan fiction twist leaves readers in turmoil – 'Losing my mind'

One Direction fans have been writing fan fiction about the five members of the band for years. One of the most popular fanfics being released at the moment is titled Duplicity, hosted on WattPad. It centres around a young woman, Aven Brooks, who has been hired to take photos for a world-renown punk band called Duplicity. One of the band’s members is named Harry Styles.

For the past 89 chapters, the fanfic has followed Aven trying to figure out the dark mystery surrounding Harry and his past.

She, and readers, have spent a lot of time theorising over what the international superstar is hiding, ranging from mafia involvement and secret pregnancies.

However, the truth came out in the most recent chapter when Aven uncovered the death of a family in Washington.

She took the theory to Harry, asking him if that was his real name.

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The fanfic revealed Harry’s real name all along was Sebastian and his family died in Washington in a terrible fire.

The character used this event to fake his death and start anew with a fresh identity, Harry Styles.

Sebastian also revealed he was American, not British.

Fans have become furious by this reveal, after realising they weren’t ever reading One Direction fanfic at all, but regular fiction.

Wattpad hosted the first draft of 2014 novel After, which followed another fictional version of the band member.

Instead of being named Harry Styles in the book, however, his name was Hardin Scott.

The novel was subsequently made into a movie with the same name and released in 2019.

The film starred Josephine Langford as Tessa Young, the protagonist of the story, and Hero Fiennes Tiffin as her love interest, Hardin.

Last year, the sequel to After was released on Amazon Prime Video, titled After We Collided.

The film made a staggering $ 48 million on a $ 14 million budget.

After We Collided’s success has sparked talks of further sequels, two of which have been greenlit and are expected for release in the next few years.

After and After We Collided are available to watch on Amazon Prime Video now.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Benidorm: Express readers divided over appeal of Spanish resort – 'lovely' or 'awful'?

Benidorm offers the idyllic trio of sun, sand and sangria to some but to others it’s “undesirable” and a place to never return to. Daily Express readers have spoken up about their thoughts after a British expat recently shared how much she loved the “beautiful” resort in Spain. Many are divided on the topic.
Those to whom Benidorm appealed said they found the resort boasted clean beaches.

One reader who had worked in the travel industry said: “Benidorm is in fact an extremely well-run resort.

“Beaches are swept every night, policing is visible. There are restaurants and entertainment experiences to suit every demographic.”

What’s more, they advised cynics to “go back in the offseason, where the climate is wonderful, beaches superb and a few miles out of town you have magnificent countryside.”

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Fellow readers agreed, pointing out that while Benidorm has built up a bad reputation due to the ‘Brits abroad’ who visit the resort, this is not necessarily the sum of the hotspot.

“The people were lovely and their beaches are their biggest secret! Beautiful and clean! Yeah, it gets a bad rep with the antics of some youth, but in all a lovely place,” one wrote.

Others praised how well Benidorm caters to the tourists who flock to its shores.

“Cheap Strongbow on every corner, fry up every morning & fish-n-chips for every other meal… can see the attraction!”


Certain readers, however, did not hold back in their criticism of Benidorm.

“It just has to be the ugliest place in Spain,” one Express reader penned.

Another concurred: “What an awful place, it was everything we hate, full of drunken Brits (male & female) dragging poor kids around the bars & cheap eating places fit only for gluttons.

“The language was vile, the overstuffed bodies & over-pumped boobs & lips were hideous & it was so crowded & noisy.”

A few Express readers were more diplomatic in their approach, noting that the time of year one visits can make all the difference

“Lovely this time of the year. Horrendous heat and crowds in June, July, August and September. Unbearable,” one wrote.

“Good for a few days holiday, don’t know about living there though,” another said.

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