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Monthly Archives: March 2023

The criminal use of ChatGPT – a cautionary tale about large language models

EUROPOL: “In response to the growing public attention given to ChatGPT, the Europol Innovation Lab organised a number of workshops with subject matter experts from across Europol to explore how criminals can abuse large language models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT, as well as how it may assist investigators in their daily work.  Their insights are… Continue Reading

Report Identifies PFAS Injected into at least 1,600 Oil and Gas Wells

Industry-Friendly State Disclosure Rules May Shield Far Broader Use. “Previously unpublicized information unearthed by Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) shows that since at least 2013, oil and gas companies have used more than 21 tons (43,000 pounds) of a class of extremely toxic and persistent chemicals known as PFAS in hydraulic fracturing of oil and… Continue Reading

Executive Order on Prohibition on Use by the United States Government of Commercial Spyware that Poses Risks to National Security

March 27, 2023 – “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  Section 1.  Policy.  Technology is central to the future of our national security, economy, and democracy.  The United States has fundamental national security and foreign… Continue Reading

How unbelievably realistic fake images could take over the internet

Vox: “..In just a few short years, AI-generated images have come a long way. In a more innocent time (2015) Google released “DeepDream,” which used Google’s artificial neural network programs — that is, artificial intelligence that’s been trained to learn in a way that mimics a human brain’s neural networks — to recognize patterns in… Continue Reading

Banks, Financial Industry Hit by Rising Ransomware Attacks

Bloomberg via Wealth Management: “Ransomware gangs didn’t come out with any big new innovations last year, but “what 2022 lacked in innovation it made up for in volume,” according to a report by a financial services group. In its annual outlook on cyber threats, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or FS-ISAC, reported that… Continue Reading

Declassified report suggests “Havana syndrome” could result from energy weapon

Salon: “A newly obtained declassified report prepared for the director of national intelligence by a panel of experts appears to show conclusively that “Havana syndrome” — a cluster of unexplained symptoms experienced by diplomats and government personnel abroad — is not a naturally occurring health problem. It does not reach any conclusions about who or… Continue Reading

Consumer Help Center and FDIC Resource Guide

San Francisco Fed: “Consumer Help Center and FDIC Resource Guide – If you have questions about a business or personal bank account, please visit the Federal Reserve’s Consumer Help Center at, or contact the center at 1-888-851-1920 or [email protected]. Information about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) can be found at For questions… Continue Reading

A.I. Is Sucking the Entire Internet In. What If You Could Yank Some Back Out?

Slate: “Over the coming years, A.I. companies will release even more advanced models that will remind us that this is just the beginning. At least one of these tools will be different in an important way: It will be prohibited from seeing 80 million of the images that helped teach its predecessors to draw and… Continue Reading

Alexander Skarsgård Explains the Answer to Everything

The New York Times – (It Involves Doing Some Math – Opinion / Video) “Partha Dasgupta is a Cambridge University economist who in 2021 prepared a more than 600-page report for the British government about the financial value of nature. Not your average bedtime reading. But believe us when we say his report, the culmination… Continue Reading

The Four Quadrants of American Politics

The Atlantic: “Control of the House of Representatives could teeter precariously for years as each party consolidates its dominance over mirror-image demographic strongholds. That’s the clearest conclusion of a new analysis of the demographic and economic characteristics of all 435 congressional districts, conducted by the Equity Research Institute at the University of Southern California in… Continue Reading