Monday, November 13, 2023

Gaza War Crimes Make a Mockery of Western “Democracy”

Gaza War Crimes Make a Mockery of Western “Democracy” Black Agenda Report. Indeed

For sale: Data on US servicemembers — and lots of it Politico

Why Banks Are Suddenly Closing Down Customer Accounts New York Times 

Chatbots May ‘Hallucinate’ More Often Than Many Realize New York Times 


This intense AI anger is exactly what experts warned of, w Elon Musk. YouTube 


Elon Musk Announces Grok, a ‘Rebellious’ AI With Few Guardrails Wired (Kevin W). So deliberately launching an bad AI so as to pressure the officialdom to institute squillionaire-interest-protecting AI regulation?


The first AI nation? A ship with 10,000 Nvidia H100 GPUs worth $500 million could become the first ever sovereign territory that relies entirely on artificial intelligence for its future TechRadar 


We must stop AI replicating the problems of surveillance capitalism Financial Times


AI Search Is Turning Into the Problem Everyone Worried About Atlantic 


Can AI cut humans out of contract negotiations?BBC 

Two million species are at risk of extinction

A multi-taxon analysis of European Red Lists reveals major threats to biodiversity, PLOS One, Published: November 8, 2023

“Biodiversity loss is a major global challenge and minimizing extinction rates is the goal of several multilateral environmental agreements. 

Policy decisions require comprehensive, spatially explicit information on species’ distributions and threats. We present an analysis of the conservation status of 14,669 European terrestrial, freshwater and marine species (ca. 10% of the continental fauna and flora), including all vertebrates and selected groups of invertebrates and plants. Our results reveal that 19% of European species are threatened with extinction, with higher extinction risks for plants (27%) and invertebrates (24%) compared to vertebrates (18%). These numbers exceed recent IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) assumptions of extinction risk. 

Changes in agricultural practices and associated habitat loss, overharvesting, pollution and development are major threats to biodiversity. Maintaining and restoring sustainable land and water use practices is crucial to minimize future biodiversity declines.”