Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Freedom of reach IS freedom of speech

If you can convince people that freedom is injustice, they will then believe that slavery is freedom.
Stefan Molyneux

How even mild COVID-19 infection can damage your lungs (thread) Jeff Gilchrist. Lots of links.

Wall Street Journal Editorial, Weaponizing Tax Returns:

Many norms have been broken in American politics in recent years, and one of them is the use of private tax returns as a political weapon. The trend is destructive, as a pair of events this week illustrate.

The first is a useful lawsuit by hedge-fund manager Ken Griffin against the Internal Revenue Service seeking damages for the leak of his tax records to ProPublica. In June 2021 and in articles since, the left-wing website has published the confidential tax data of Mr. Griffin, who runs Citadel Securities, and other wealthy Americans. ... Congrats to Mr. Griffin for taking on the tax agency, and perhaps his suit will turn up information that the Biden Administration hasn’t on the tax disclosures.

Freedom of reach IS freedom of speechPluralistic

Nuclear fusion reactor ‘breakthrough’ is significant, but light-years away from being useful LiveScience

States Demand That Google, Apple Raise Content Ratings for TikTok WSJ

Apple planning to allow third-party App Store alternatives on the iPhone for the first time 9to5 Mac. Thanks to EU regulators.

The UK Firm at the Heart of a High-Level Fraud Conviction in Russia

Russia cracks down on a few oligarchs using UK offshore-owned corporate entities that face little scrutiny.

Former Twitter employees file class-action lawsuit, alleging company targeted women in layoffs The Hill

Pew Research Center’s surveys have shed light on public opinion around some of the biggest news events of 2022 – from Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine to the overturning of Roe v. Wade to Americans’ experiences with extreme weather events. Here’s a look back at the past year through 15 of our most striking research findings, which cover these topics and more. These findings represent just a sample of the Center’s research publications this year.

How to Use ChatGPT by OpenAI

MakeUseOf: “OpenAI’s new AI chatbot is here; ChatGPT. Here’s how to use it and what you can expect. From the makers of DALL-E and GPT-3 comes an incredible new AI chatbot called ChatGPT. OpenAI has granted public access to ChatGPT for free during a research period, allowing us to glimpse into the future of what life with AI might look like.

 Drafting a letter to your boss, explaining difficult ideas, or suggesting some gift ideas are just a few things ChatGPT can do, all you need to do is type a question. Far from being perfect, it still has its limitations, but for now, it’s well worth checking out while you can.”

See also Ars Technica – AI image generation tech can now create life-wrecking deepfakes with ease. “AI tech makes it trivial to generate harmful fake photos from a few social media pictures…

By some counts, over 4 billion people use social media worldwide. If any of them have uploaded a handful of public photos online, they are susceptible to this kind of attack from a sufficiently motivated person. Whether it will actually happen or not is wildly variable from person to person, but everyone should know that this is possible from now on.”

CRS Seminars on Disruptive Technologies: Videos – Updated December 8, 2022: CRS Seminars on Disruptive Technologies: Videos – “New technologies, and those that represent an evolutionary improvement of an existing tool or process, that exhibit the potential to have large-scale effects on social and economic activity are often referred to as “disruptive” technologies. 

The New York Times: “Siri, Google Search, online marketing and your child’s homework will never be the same. Then there’s the misinformation problem…OpenAI is among the many companies, academic labs and independent researchers working to build more advanced chatbots. These systems cannot exactly chat like a human, but they often seem to. They can also retrieve and repackage information with a speed that humans never could. They can be thought of as digital assistants – like Siri or Alexa – that are better at understanding what you are looking for and giving it to you. After the release of ChatGPT – which has been used by more than 1 million people – many experts believe these new chatbots are poised to reinvent or even replace internet search engines such as Google and Bing…”