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Mosquito early warning app detects the insects from their buzz | Science | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Artificial intelligence researchers have developed a mosquito early warning system that raises the alarm when the insects are near by detecting the whine of their wingbeats. The system uses an app that can run on a £20 mobile phone to analyse sounds in the environment and issue a warning if it hears the telltale buzz as a mosquito swoops past."
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OpenAI CEO Sam Altman warns that other A.I. developers working on ChatGPT-like tools wo... - 0 views

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    "In early December, Musk called ChatGPT "scary good" and warned, "We are not far from dangerously strong AI." But Altman has been warning the public just as much, if not more, even as he presses ahead with OpenAI's work. Last month, he worried about "how people of the future will view us" in a series of tweets. "We also need enough time for our institutions to figure out what to do," he wrote. "Regulation will be critical and will take time to figure out…having time to understand what's happening, how people want to use these tools, and how society can co-evolve is critical.""
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Online scams 'target Apple customers for richer pickings' - BBC News - 0 views

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    "Cybercriminals are targeting people using Apple products as they are more likely to have disposable income, a security expert has warned. Blogger Graham Cluley said that while malware was more common on Windows, Apple customers could not "afford to be lackadaisical" about security. On Monday, he reported a text message scam that tried to trick people into handing over account information. Apple's support site warns customers not to enter details on spoof sites."
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UK government plans to weaken encryption 'threatens way of life, privacy and economic s... - 0 views

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    "Apple has warned the UK government that proposals in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill to demand technology firms weaken encryption would make the data of millions of law-abiding citizens less secure and make it easier for hackers to "cause chaos"."
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Google is giving a big boost to Gmail security - 0 views

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    "Google announced on its blog that it is expanding upon Safe Browsing to alert Gmail users about the possibility of suspicious government activity. Since 2012, Google has put a banner on top of users' Gmail pages that had a warning about state-sponsored attackers if Google believed they were in danger, but starting today people will get a full-page warning about it - very hard to miss."
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AI Experts Issue Warning Against Facial Scanning With a "Dangerous History" - 0 views

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    "But researchers at New York University's AI Now Institute have issued a strong warning against not only ubiquitous facial recognition, but its more sinister cousin: so-called affect recognition, technology that claims it can find hidden meaning in the shape of your nose, the contours of your mouth, and the way you smile. If that sounds like something dredged up from the 19th century, that's because it sort of is."
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Hackers warn Iran: 'Don't mess with our elections' | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centres in Iran, where they left the image of a US flag on screens along with a warning: "Don't mess with our elections", the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday. "The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country," the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology said in a statement carried by Iran's official news agency IRNA"
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Major cyber-attack will happen soon, warns UK's security boss | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "A "category one" cyber-attack, the most serious tier possible, will happen "sometime in the next few years", a director of the National Cybersecurity Centre has warned. According to the agency, which reports to GCHQ and has responsibly for ensuring the UK's information security, a category one cybersecurity incident requires a national government response. "
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BBC warns of fake video claiming Ukraine carried out Kramatorsk attack | Ukraine | The ... - 0 views

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    "The BBC has warned that a video carrying its branding in which it is claimed that a missile attack on a railway station that killed dozens of people was carried out by Ukraine is fake."
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Warning AI industry could use as much energy as the Netherlands - BBC News - 0 views

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    "The artificial intelligence (AI) industry could consume as much energy as a country the size of the Netherlands by 2027, a new study warns. Big tech firms have scrambled to add AI-powered services since ChatGPT burst onto the scene last year. They use far more power than conventional applications, making going online much more energy-intensive. However, the study also said AI's environmental impact could be less than feared if its current growth slowed. Many experts, including the report author, say such research is speculative as tech firms do not disclose enough data for an accurate prediction to be made."
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German government warns against using MS Explorer - 0 views

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    People in Germany are being warned about the risks of security when using Internet Explorer. Apparently anyone using versions six through eight are at risk, and are being advised to use another browser.
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Ethics committee raises alarm over 'predictive policing' tool | UK news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Amid mounting financial pressure, at least a dozen police forces are using or considering predictive analytics, despite warnings from campaigners that use of algorithms and "predictive policing" models risks locking discrimination into the criminal justice system."
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Edward Snowden warns 'bio-surveillance' may outlast coronavirus - Big Think - 0 views

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    "These new tracking measures may someday be repurposed to advance governments' mass surveillance programs, Snowden warned"
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'Humanity's remaining timeline? It looks more like five years than 50': meet the neo-lu... - 0 views

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    "Trying to shake humanity from its complacency about this, Yudkowsky published an op-ed in Time last spring that advised shutting down the computer farms where AIs are grown and trained. In clear, crisp prose, he speculated about the possible need for airstrikes targeted on datacentres; perhaps even nuclear exchange. Was he on to something?"
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Big Data Can Help Prevent Conflicts - 0 views

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    "Some of the same social media analyses that have helped Google and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spot warning signs of a flu outbreak could be used to detect the rumblings of violent conflict before it begins, scholars said in a paper released this week. Kenyan officials used essentially this system to track hate speech on Facebook, blogs and Twitter in advance of that nation's 2013 presidential election, which brought Uhuru Kenyatta to power."
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Tesla autopilot warns of accident about to happen to the cars in front / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The Tesla Autopilot system registered that the SUV in front of the lead car was braking hard and the system recognized this as a major danger."
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When Intelligent Machines Cause Accidents, Who Is Legally Responsible? - 0 views

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    "Currently, the law treats machines as if they were all created equal, as simple consumer products. In most cases, when an accident occurs, standards of strict product liability law apply. In other words, unless a consumer uses a product in an outrageous way or grossly ignores safety warnings, the manufacturer is automatically considered at fault."
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Nasdaq crash triggers fear of data meltdown | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Jaron Lanier, the author and inventor of the concept of virtual reality, warned that digital infrastructure was moving beyond human control. He said: "When you try to achieve great scale with automation and the automation exceeds the boundaries of human oversight, there is going to be failure. That goes for governments, for consumer companies, for Google, or a big insurance company. It is infuriating because it is driven by unreasonable greed. In many cases, the systems that tend to fail, fail because of an attempt to make them run automatically with a minimal amount of human oversight.""
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