Listen to the Toilet — It Could Detect Disease

Microphone sensor and machine learning can classify excretion events, identify cholera or other bowel diseases, all without identifiable information.

"In her presentation, 'The feces thesis: Using machine learning to detect diarrhea,' …"

Palm E-tattoo Can Tell When You’re Stressed Out

"a graphene-based e-tattoo that attaches to the palm, is nearly invisible and connects to a smart watch."

It's a mood ring!

Facebook moderation system favours ‘business partners’, says oversight board

‘Cross-check’ system appears to protect users who generate high revenue from content moderation more than ordinary users

"A Facebook policy designed to protect high-profile users from moderation was structured to satisfy the company’s business interests, Meta’s “supreme court” has found, and did not prioritise protecting free speech and civil rights on the platform."

Musk’s Neuralink faces federal probe, employee backlash over animal tests

"Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a medical device company, is under federal investigation for potential animal-welfare violations amid internal staff complaints that its animal testing is being rushed, causing needless suffering and deaths, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and sources familiar with the investigation and company operations."

Meta threatens to remove news content over US journalism bargaining bill

"Facebook owner Meta threatened to remove news content from its platforms on Monday following reports that US lawmakers have added controversial legislation favoring news media to the annual defense authorization bill.

The warning highlights the danger that Meta perceives to its business model in the face of the proposed bill"

Third-party Twitter app makers turn their attention to Mastodon

"The makers of popular Twitter clients, including Aviary and Tweetbot, have recently set their sights on building similar clients for the growing Mastodon user base."

"As for a Mastodon app from The Iconfactory, we don’t have anything to announce at this time"

No Linux? No problem. Just get AI to hallucinate it for you

ChatGPT-generated command line can create virtual files, execute code, play games.

"The chatbot, based on a deep-learning AI model, uses its stored knowledge to simulate Linux with surprising results, including executing Python code and browsing virtual websites."

Syntax errors are the doom of us all, including botnet authors

A command typo might have dismantled most of an advanced malware's network.

"a novel solution: forgetting to put a space between an IP address and a port in a command. And it came from whoever was controlling the botnet."

The dark, uncertain world of creator funds

Platforms are gambling with creators. They’re constantly changing the rules to make the most money — even if it hurts the creators they built their platforms on.

The race to build a better Twitter

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has left users wondering where to go should the platform go up in flames or its content moderation policies unravel. But is there really a viable alternative to Twitter yet?

AI Homework – Stratechery by Ben Thompson

"This is a confident answer, complete with supporting evidence and a citation to Hobbes work, and it is completely wrong."

"For a few years, a few people have been talking about "AI for IA" -- artificial intelligence for intelligence augmentation. It looks like [ChatGPT] is a powerful candidate for such a tool. What is lacking so far is a guide to how to use it specifically for that purpose"

What if failure is the plan?

"I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately. Failure comes in many forms, but I’m especially interested in situations in which people *perceive* something as failing (or about to fail) and the contestations over failure that often arise in such situations. Given this, it’s hard not to be fascinated by all that’s unfolding around Twitter."

Twitter moderators turn to automation amid a reported surge in hate speech

New head of trust and safety Ella Irwin says Elon Musk is urging Twitter ‘to take more risks’ in the wake of mass layoffs

Governments seek ways to avert quantum's encryption apocalypse

"Although a quantum computer isn't expected until 2030, at the earliest, updating current encryption standards will take just as long, creating a high-stakes race filled with unanswerable questions for national security and cybersecurity officials alike."

‘NO’: Grad Students Analyze, Hack, and Remove Under-Desk Surveillance Devices Designed to Track Them

In October, the university quietly introduced heat sensors under desk without notifying students or seeking their consent. Students removed the devices, hacked them, and were able to force the university to stop its surveillance.

Underground Cables Are Taking the Planet’s Pulse

Geologists are using fiber optics to monitor earthquakes, volcanoes, and traffic noise.

The Far Right Is Getting What It Asked For

With Ye on Infowars and Elon Musk lifting the floodgates on Twitter, the right wing is getting the free-speech thunderdome of its dreams. Or nightmares.

NFTs, on the Decline Elsewhere, Are Embraced by Some Museums

ICA Miami owns a few, and M.F.A. Boston and others are selling them to reach new audiences “in a world where Instagram and Siri are prevalent.”

My parents went to the Louvre and all I got was this NFT.

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