Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Pentagon Believes Its Precognitive AI Can Predict Events ‘Days In Advance’

Australian Court Rules An AI Can Be Considered An Inventor On Patent Filings The Register

Pentagon Believes Its Precognitive AI Can Predict Events ‘Days In Advance’ Engadget

Israel begins investigation into NSO Group spyware abuse MIT Technology Review 

Pegasus Spyware Found On Journalists’ Phones, French Intelligence Confirms Guardian

Tokyo Olympics: Chinese nationalists turn on their athletes BBC News (furzy)


Tencent tanks 10% after Chinese media calls online gaming ‘opium’ as regulatory concerns mount CNBC


China’s campaign to regulate Big Tech is more than just retaliation Nikkei


China out to boost food security with 13-storey ‘hog hotels’ that protect pigs from viruses South China Morning Post 


China in the middle of Nile mega-dam feud Asia Times 


5 ways the EU’s democracy crisis could end Politico

US Asks 24 Russian Diplomats to Leave By September 3 


Putin posits Russian veto over Ukraine sovereignty Asia Times 

The Atlantic – Why targets of deliberate deception often hesitate to admit they’ve been deceived – “…In Missouri and other red states, vaccine refusal on partisangrounds has become a defining marker of community affiliation. Acceptance within some circles is contingent on refusal to cooperate with the Biden administration’s public-health campaign. Getting vaccinated is a betrayal of that group norm, and those who get the shot can legitimately fear losing their job or incurring the wrath of their families and other reference groups. Sociology solves mysteries like these by zeroing in on problematic relationships, not the decisions that individuals make in isolation. Many of the people refusing safe, effective vaccination amid a deadly pandemic are enmeshed in a very distinctive type of relationship that sociologists have been studying for more than 70 years: the con job. Con artists gain social or financial advantage by convincing their marks to believe highly dubious claims—and to block out all information to the contrary. COVID-19-related cons have become big business, not just for right-wing media outlets that have gained viewers while purveying vaccine disinformation but also for small-time social-media grifters and enterprising professionals. The New York Times recently profiled Joseph Mercola, a Florida osteopath whom the paper described as “The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation.” Four years ago, the Federal Trade Commission forced Mercola to pay nearly $3 million in settlements for false advertising claims about indoor tanning beds that he had sold. In February of this year, Mercola told his millions of followers on Facebook that the vaccine would “alter your genetic coding,” and promoted his line of vitamin supplements as an alternative to ward off COVID-19.”…