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Oct 22, 2023

Health crisis: 220,000 planes still use lead fuel, warns US agency

Posted by in categories: energy, government, health, transportation

Congress is currently debating the FAA’s long-term reauthorization, which might have an impact on the ongoing use of leaded aviation fuel at smaller airports.


Since 1980, the US has had a stunning 99 percent reduction in airborne lead levels as a result of EPA regulations. However, Leaded gas is still used in the aviation industry, according to a report published by EPA on Wednesday.

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Oct 21, 2023

China has a new plan for judging the safety of generative AI—and it’s packed with details

Posted by in categories: government, law, robotics/AI, security

A new proposal spells out the very specific ways companies should evaluate AI security and enforce censorship in AI models.

Ever since the Chinese government passed a law on generative AI back in July, I’ve been wondering how exactly China’s censorship machine would adapt for the AI era.

Last week we got some clarity about what all this may look like in practice.

Oct 20, 2023

Patch Now: APTs Continue to Pummel WinRAR Bug

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government

State-sponsored threat actors from Russia and China continue to throttle the remote code execution (RCE) WinRAR vulnerability in unpatched systems to deliver malware to targets.

Researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) have been tracking attacks in recent weeks that exploit CVE-2023–38831 to deliver infostealers and backdoor malware, particularly to organizations in Ukraine and Papua New Guinea. The flaw is a known and patched vulnerability in RarLab’s popular WinRAR file archiver tool for Windows, but systems that haven’t been updated remain vulnerable.

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Oct 14, 2023

Artificial Photosynthesis: A Game Changer for Clean Energy

Posted by in categories: government, solar power, sustainability

Artificial photosynthesis, the next-generation technology, has now come this far! It is a technology that mimics plant photosynthesis to produce energy from resources found on earth such as sunlight and carbon dioxide. This is a promising new solution to energy and environmental problems as it can efficiently produce hydrogen and other substances. Japan was one of the first countries to recognize this technology and had launched a national project that involved the collaboration among industry, academia, and government. In 2021, they successfully produced large amounts of hydrogen, taking the world by surprise. Also in this episode, take a look at a system that can power homes using carbon dioxide. Find out the latest in artificial photosynthesis with reporter Michelle YAMAMOTO.

Oct 12, 2023

Researchers Uncover Ongoing Attacks Targeting Asian Governments and Telecom Giants

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, government

Cybersecurity experts uncover an ongoing threat to government and telecom entities in Asia. Learn how a campaign named “Stayin’ Alive” is deploying #malware.

Check out the details:

Oct 9, 2023

Blowback: How Israel Went From Helping Create Hamas to Bombing It

Posted by in categories: finance, government, military, terrorism

“This isn’t a conspiracy theory. Listen to former Israeli officials such as Brig. Gen. Yitzhak Segev, who was the Israeli military governor in Gaza in the early 1980s. Segev later told a New York Times reporter that he had helped finance the Palestinian Islamist movement as a ” counterweight” to the secularists and leftists of the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Fatah party, led by Yasser Arafat (who himself referred to Hamas as ” a creature of Israel.”)

The Israeli government gave me a budget, the retired brigadier general confessed, and the military government gives to the mosques.

Hamas, to my great regret, is Israel’s creation, Avner Cohen, a former Israeli religious… More.

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Oct 8, 2023

Artists across industries are strategizing together around AI concerns

Posted by in categories: government, media & arts, robotics/AI

As creative industries grapple with AI’s explosion into every artistic medium at once, separate calls from artists warning the world to take action before it’s too late are starting to converge. From fake Drake songs to stylized Instagram profile pictures, art conjured with newly sophisticated AI tools is suddenly ubiquitous — and so are conversations about how to rein in the technology before it does irrevocable harm to creative communities.

This week, digital rights organization Fight for the Future partnered with music industry labor group United Musicians and Allied Workers to launch #AIdayofaction, a campaign that calls on Congress to block corporations from obtaining copyrights on music and other art made with AI.

The idea is that by preventing industry behemoths like major record labels, for example, from copyrighting music made with the assistance of AI, those companies will be forced to keep looping humans into the creative process. But those same concerns — and the same potential strategies for pushing back against the onslaught of AI — exist across creative industries.

Oct 8, 2023

Saudi to trial first hydrogen train in the Middle East

Posted by in categories: climatology, government

The nation is looking into emissions-free travel.

According to a report by Reuters.

“It will be on trial for next week, hopefully for the next few months. We will have the first hydrogen train in the Middle East,” the government official said during the UN MENA Climate Week in Riyadh.

Oct 8, 2023

A Scanner Darkly

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, government, security

America in the near future has lost the war against drugs. Paranoia reigns as 2 out of every 10 Americans have been hired by the government to spy on the other 8 in the name of national security and drug enforcement. Enter Fred, a reluctant undercover cop recruited by the government. To maintain his cover, Fred regularly ingests the popular Substance D. The drug has caused Fred to develop a split personality, of which he is unaware; his alter ego is Bob Arctor, a drug dealer. Fred’s superiors set up a hidden holographic camera in his home as part of a sting operation to snare Bob. A “scramble suit” that changes his appearance allows Fred to appear on camera as Bob and prevents his colleagues from knowing his true identity. The camera in Fred/Bob’s apartment reveals that Bob’s friends regularly betray one another for the chance to score more drugs.

Oct 4, 2023

Joscha Bach: Artificial Consciousness and the Nature of Reality

Posted by in categories: cosmology, existential risks, government, robotics/AI

Joscha Bach is the VP of Research at the AI Foundation, previously doing research at MIT and Harvard. Joscha work explores the workings of the human mind, intelligence, consciousness, life on Earth, and the possibly-simulated fabric of our universe.

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