As we march through the pivotal election year of 2024, a formidable shadow looms over the democratic process. This shadow is not cast by a person or an institution, but by a technology: Artificial Intelligence (AI). Once celebrated as a beacon of innovation, AI now stands accused of distorting the very fabric of truth, particularly in the political arena.
In yet another chapter of the ongoing saga of tech giants and their questionable privacy practices, Google finds itself settling a $5 billion privacy lawsuit. This lawsuit revolves around Google’s alleged tracking of users in Chrome (and other browser’s) “incognito” mode, a practice that we’re sure is continuing unabated.
Just today, I stumbled upon a piece of news that’s as intriguing as it is complex. Picture this: The New York Times, a giant in the world of news, is taking on two tech behemoths, OpenAI and Microsoft. Why, you ask? Well, it’s all about copyright infringement, and the plot is thicker than a bowl of oatmeal.
Just the other day, I received a voicemail that raised my suspicions immediately. It claimed to be from the “National Tax Relief Program,” offering to help clear back taxes. Intrigued and a bit wary, I decided to dig deeper into this, and what I found was a classic scam playing out. Here’s a rundown of the call and why you should be on high alert if you receive a similar one.
Biden Administration Barred by Court from Contacting Social Media Sites About Fake News – What it Means and Full Text of Order
Here is the full text of the restraining order issued on July 4th barring Biden administration officials from contacting social media companies, and a plain English explanation of what it means. In a stunning and unusual move, and a win for fake Covid news and fake election news, Federal Judge Terry Doughty issued a sweeping restraining order on July 4th (hrrmmm), barring Biden administration agencies and named officials and agents of the administration from contacting social media sites regarding content that appears on the site. This order was aimed squarely at Biden administration efforts to stem the flow of fake news about Covid and fake news about elections.
The technology juggernaut, OpenAI, is making waves with its GPT-3 model, a highly advanced language processing tool known as ChatGPT. This AI-powered tool is so powerful and convincing that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for most people to discern AI-generated content from human-generated content, including instances of misinformation or ‘fake news’
Amazon was caught red-handed, handing over Ring doorbell footage to law enforcement agencies without user permission, subpoenas, warrants, without any of the traditional legal controls which prevent liberal disclosure of non-public data to law enforcement. This disclosure was set to further ignite ongoing debates about privacy and civil liberties in relation to the tech giant’s video-sharing agreements with police departments nationwide.
The tech industry got a little heated this week when two of its biggest names, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, ignited a playful banter that led to the idea of a “cage match” face-off.
Tuesday saw President Biden pulling up a chair with a group of society leaders, known for their skepticism towards the giants of the tech industry, to have a heart-to-heart about the rise of artificial intelligence. This forms part of a broader initiative by the U.S. government to become more engaged in the conversation surrounding AI and its potential dangers.
The dispute concerning Reddit’s API continues to escalate, with moderators resorting to a novel form of protest: devising a straightforward method to demonetize their subreddits, thereby preventing the company from earning revenue through them.
The file sharing favorite, Dropbox announced the launch of Dropbox Ventures, a $50 million venture fund aimed at supporting AI-focused startups. The fund marks Dropbox’s first venture arm and aims to provide both mentorship and financial backing to those developing AI-powered solutions with the potential to transform the future of work. The intention is to foster the AI ecosystem and support the next generation of startups shaping the contemporary work experience through AI. He added that Dropbox, having grown from a simple idea to a service employed by hundreds of millions globally, understands what it takes to help companies like these attain the next level of growth and make a significant impact.
Good day, fellow Internet Patrollers! Today, we’ve got news from the realm of cryptocurrency, and it’s making quite a splash. Binance.US, the American subsidiary of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has suspended U.S. dollar deposits in anticipation of its banking partners ceasing transactions. This drastic action comes on the heels of a lawsuit launched by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier this week.
Today, we’re drawing your attention to a sinister new scam flourishing on social marketplaces like Facebook’s Marketplace. This time, digital wallets are under threat, with the likes of Venmo, PayPal, and other cash transfer apps falling victim to these deceptive practices.
Reddit Blackout Explained: Thousands of Subreddits Go Offline in Protest Against Reddit’s New Pricing Policy for Third-Party Apps
Imagine this: thousands of the discussion rooms on the social platform Reddit, just like rooms in a gigantic virtual house, have decided to switch off their lights and close their doors. They’re planning to stay this way for a full 48 hours, to protest against a new move by Reddit to start charging third-party applications for something called API access.
Mind-Reading Technology Must Include Neurodivergent Individuals to Prevent Bias and Discrimination, Warns UK Data Watchdog
The development of mind-reading technologies raises concerns about potential discrimination and bias, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK. The ICO is developing specific guidance for companies operating in the field of neurodata, as technology that monitors information from the brain and nervous system is expected to…