Thursday, April 13, 2023

Zelenak Presents Designing A Billionaires' Tax Today At Northwestern

“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” 

- Jo Goodwin 🖤 | Recovering Librarian

As Nietzsche says, the true path is the one which is currently darkened, where you don’t know what’s around the bend."

How Putin Criminalized Journalism in Russia

The case of Evan Gershkovich, a Wall Street Journal reporter being held in Moscow on espionage charges, is only the most recent example of the Kremlin’s crackdown on reporters.

Twitter fails to report some political ads after promising transparency

The platform started accepting political ads again in January. 

AI Tools for Lawyers: A Practical Guide

Zelenak Presents Designing A Billionaires' Tax Today At Northwestern

Dean: Surrey's Silence—Subpart F And The Swiss Subsidiary Tax That Never Was

How much would you have to pay Russian soldiers to get them to defect?

Lederman Presents The Rise And Fall (?) Of Luxembourg As A Tax Rulings Haven Today At Duke

Using tax gap data to improve tax administration


At a recent conference, ATO Second Commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn outlined how the ATO is transforming tax administration by using tax gap data collected. Essentially, the tax gap is just an estimate of the difference between the amount of tax the ATO collects and what it would have collected if every taxpayer was fully compliant with tax law. According to the latest tax gap estimates from the 2019-20 income year, the overall tax gap was $33.4bn or 7% of the tax that should have been reported.

“Tax gaps focus us on the right things so we can sustain a reliable revenue system for our communities for the long term.”

Using tax gap data to improve tax administration

Brauner Presents Taxation Of Information And The Data RevolutionToday At Florida

  1. Elon Musk, boss of Twitter and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, gave an impromptu interview to the BBC on Tuesday evening
  2. Speaking at Twitter HQ, he covered topics ranging from mass lay-offs to hate speech and his habit of sleeping in the office
  3. The billionaire admitted he only bought Twitter because he had to, and described running the firm as "quite painful" and "a rollercoaster"
  4. He also spoke about the mass lay-offs, saying the firm was now down 1,500 staff members from an initial 8,000
  5. The BBC objected this week to a new tag describing it as "government funded media" on its main Twitter account - and Musk agreed the tag would be updated
  6. Addressing his controversial tweets, he said: "I think I should not tweet after 3am".
  7. And he disputed that hate speech and misinformation was now more common on the platform
  8. Musk on hate speech, Twitter lay-offs and sleeping in the office

NY Times Op-Ed: In The Face Of Tragedy, Prayer Is An Act Of Faith

BRAVE NEW WORLD: Google Will ‘Absolutely’ Bring AI Chat to Your Searches. “As the world’s most popular search engine, Google serves up information and links in response to billions of queries every day. Bringing AI chat to Google Search would make the technology accessible to significantly more people, taking it from the realm of experimental project to everyday tool used to find information.”

But: ChatGPT: Mayor starts legal bid over false bribery claim.

An Australian mayor said he may take legal action over false information shared by advanced chatbot ChatGPT.

Brian Hood, Mayor of Hepburn Shire Council, says the OpenAI-owned tool falsely claimed he was imprisoned for bribery while working for a subsidiary of Australia’s national bank.

In fact, Mr Hood was a whistleblower and was never charged with a crime.
His lawyers have sent a concerns notice to OpenAI – the first formal step in defamation action in Australia.

OpenAI has 28 days to respond to the concerns notice, after which time Mr Hood would be able to take the company to court under Australian law.

If he pursues the legal claim, it would be the first time OpenAI has publicly faced a defamation suit over the content created by ChatGPT.

And: Defamed by ChatGPT: My Own Bizarre Experience with Artificiality of ‘Artificial Intelligence.’

Until AIs stop making stuff up, I’m not sure I want to trust them with my search results.

Pet influencers are hotter than ever. But how do dogs do taxes?

ChatGPT Opens Door to Four-Day Week, Says Nobel Prize Winner Bloomberg. For five days pay?


Artificial intelligence: ChatGPT statements can influence users’ moral judgements (press release) NewsWise. Don’t tell marketing! Oh, wait… 


Among all of his mistakes, don’t forget Elon Musk is singlehandedly crushing a big chunk of Internet research for no good reason Nieman Labs. The deck: “Access to Twitter’s API has been mostly free to researchers for more than a decade. So how does $210,000 a month sound?”


Apocalyptic AI The Convivial Society


Meta releases AI model that can identify items within images Reuters


Samsung’s AI photo feature adds creepy teeth to baby photos Boing Boing

       D.M.Thomas (1935-2023) 

       D.M.Thomas -- best known for his novel, The White Hotel-- has passed away; see, for example, Nigel Jones' obituary in The Guardian