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Daily Archives: March 23, 2023

The People’s Plan for Nature

“This document describes the creation of the People’s Plan for Nature – the direct output of the UK’s largest ever public conversation about the future of nature. The People’s Plan for Nature sets out the public’s vision for the future of nature in the UK, and the actions we all need to take to protect and renew it. The People’s Plan has been developed through a creative, innovative and inclusive participatory process, split into two phases. The first phase was an open call for ideas and stories from the public. This fed into the second phase, the People’s Assembly for Nature, in which 103 Assembly members deliberated over the contents and recommendations of the People’s Plan. The People’s Plan will now inspire a wider ongoing conversation about a nature-positive UK, as well as a practical shift from conversation to action..”

OpenAI is massively expanding ChatGPT’s capabilities to let it browse the web and more

The Verge: “OpenAI is adding support for plug-ins to ChatGPT — an upgrade that massively expands the chatbot’s capabilities and gives it access for the first time to live data from the web. Up until now, ChatGPT has been limited by the fact it can only pull information from its training data, which ends in… Continue Reading

What Really Broke the Banks

The Atlantic – “The Fed, among others, is blameworthy. But the ultimate culprit is COVID-19…After COVID-19 hit the U.S., bank deposits soared. The pandemic-relief measures—including stimulus payments, expanded unemployment insurance, and Paycheck Protection Program funds—put more money in people’s hands, even as consumer spending fell. At the same time, businesses cut back sharply on spending… Continue Reading

American Library Association reports record number of demands to censor library books and materials in 2022

“The American Library Association (ALA) today released new data documenting 1,269 demands to censor library books and resources in 2022, the highest number of attempted book bans since ALA began compiling data about censorship in libraries more than 20 years ago [the 2022 data compiled by ALA represents only a snapshot of book censorship throughout… Continue Reading

Is A.I. Art Stealing from Artists?

The New Yorker – According to the lawyer behind a new class-action suit, every image that a generative tool produces “is an infringing, derivative work.” By Kyle Chayka – “…Last month, McKernan joined a class-action lawsuit with two other artists, Sarah Andersen and Karla Ortiz, filed by the attorneys Matthew Butterick and Joseph Saveri, against… Continue Reading

Risk of ‘Industrial Capture’ Looms Over AI Revolution “There’s a colossal shift going on in artificial intelligence — but it’s not the one some may think. While advanced language-generating systems and chatbots have dominated news headlines, private AI companies have quietly entrenched their power. Recent developments mean that a handful of individuals and corporations now control much of the resources and knowledge… Continue Reading

The 2023 Submarine Cable Globe

“Every year the telecommunications company Telegeography releases a new, updated version of its Submarine Cable map. This map shows all the undersea telecommunication cables which carry data around the world.The 2023 Submarine Cable Map is now available. Subsea cables carry telecommunication signals under the oceans, communicating information between different countries and regions of the world.… Continue Reading

2023 Edelman Trust Barometer Europe Report

“The 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer Europe Report is the firm’s 23rd annual trust and credibility survey. The research was produced by the Edelman Trust Institute and consisted of 30-minute online interviews conducted between November 1st and November 28th, 2022. The 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer online survey sampled more than 32,000 respondents across 28 countries. A… Continue Reading