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May 21, 2023

Who Is Going to Regulate AI?

Posted by in categories: business, economics, government, policy, robotics/AI


As businesses and governments race to make sense of the impacts of new, powerful AI systems, governments around the world are jostling to take the lead on regulation. Business leaders should be focused on who is likely to win this race, moreso than the questions of how or even when AI will be regulated. Whether Congress, the European Commission, China, or even U.S. states or courts take the lead will determine both the speed and trajectory of AI’s transformation of the global economy, potentially protecting some industries or limiting the ability of all companies to use the technology to interact directly with consumers.

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May 19, 2023

Top Moments From ChatGPT Creator’s Congressional Testimony

Posted by in categories: employment, government, robotics/AI

ChatGPT creator Sam Altman answered questions from congress about the safety and risks of ChatGPT. The topics of discussion included regulation, election integrity the effect of artificial intelligence on jobs.

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May 17, 2023

State-Sponsored Sidewinder Hacker Group’s Covert Attack Infrastructure Uncovered

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, finance, government

SideWinder, a state-sponsored group, uses a network of phishing domains to target government and financial sectors in Pakistan and China.

May 17, 2023

OpenAI’s Sam Altman To Congress: Regulate Us, Please!

Posted by in categories: governance, government, robotics/AI

In a wide-ranging and historic congressional hearing Tuesday, the creator of the world’s most powerful artificial intelligence called on the government to regulate his industry.

“There should be limits on what a deployed model is capable of and then what it actually does,” declared Sam Altman, CEO and cofounder of OpenAI, referring to the underlying AI which powers such products as ChatGPT.

He called on Congress to establish a new agency to license large-scale AI efforts, create safety standards, and carry out independent audits to ensure compliance with safety thresholds.

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May 16, 2023

Webb Space Telescope Captures Nearby Planetary System in Breathtaking Detail

Posted by in categories: government, physics, space

A new Webb Space Telescope image of the bright, nearby star Fomalhaut reveals details never seen before, including nested rings of dust that hint at the forces of unseen planets.

A team led by University of Arizona astronomers used NASA

Established in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government that succeeded the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). It is responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. Its vision is “To discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity.” Its core values are “safety, integrity, teamwork, excellence, and inclusion.” NASA conducts research, develops technology and launches missions to explore and study Earth, the solar system, and the universe beyond. It also works to advance the state of knowledge in a wide range of scientific fields, including Earth and space science, planetary science, astrophysics, and heliophysics, and it collaborates with private companies and international partners to achieve its goals.

May 15, 2023

Stellantis halts battery plant construction over dispute with Canadian govt

Posted by in categories: government, sustainability, transportation

OTTAWA, May 15 (Reuters) — Automaker Stellantis (STLAM.MI) has stopped all construction at a more-than C$5 billion ($3.74 billion) electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Windsor, Canada, over a disagreement with the federal government about subsidies, a spokesperson for the company said on Monday.

“Effective immediately, all construction related to the battery module production on the Windsor site has stopped,” the spokesperson said.

Canada’s industry ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

May 14, 2023

It’s Confirmed: Babies With DNA From Three People Are Now Being Born in The UK

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

Eight years after the technology was approved by government authorities, it can be reported that at least one child with DNA from three different people has been born to parents in the United Kingdom.

The announcement isn’t exactly ‘new’ knowledge, but reporters at The Guardian were able to prompt an official confirmation with a freedom of information request.

The University of Newcastle in collaboration with the Newcastle Fertility Center are pioneers in what is known as mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT), a special form of in vitro fertilization (IVF) designed to prevent severe genetic diseases in future babies.

May 12, 2023

Canada’s largest oilsands companies being investigated over allegations they made false environmental claims

Posted by in categories: business, energy, government

Canada’s largest oilsands companies under the umbrella of the Pathways Alliance are accused of greenwashing and making false environmental claims. via @torontostar

Greenpeace Canada alleges the consortium’s ad campaign, “Let’s clear the air,” is greenwashing — when a company makes false or misleading claims about the environmental attributes of their business.

“Our request to the Competition Bureau regarding the Pathways Alliance’s misleading ad campaign was accepted and has set off an official inquiry into the dubious advertising practices of the Pathways Alliance,” Greenpeace Canada’s senior researcher and writer, Nola Poirier, said in a statement. “We think the public deserves to be told the truth about the environmental harm caused by fossil fuel production, not fed misleading sound bites by industry.”

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May 11, 2023

Big Banks Face Billions in Extra FDIC Fees After SVB Failure

Posted by in categories: business, finance, government

The costs used to recover the deposits for the failed US regional banks will be paid by other US banks especially the larger banks.

The largest US lenders face billions of dollars in extra fees to replenish the government’s bedrock deposit insurance fund. The move comes after the fund was tapped to backstop uninsured depositors at Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank. Su Keenan reports on Bloomberg Television.

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May 6, 2023

Dr. Kathryn Huff, Ph.D. — Assistant Secretary, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Posted by in categories: economics, engineering, government, nuclear energy, physics, policy, security, supercomputing

Advancing Nuclear Energy Science And Technology For U.S. Energy, Environmental And Economic Needs — Dr. Katy Huff, Ph.D. — Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Kathryn Huff, Ph.D. (https://www.energy.gov/ne/person/dr-kathryn-huff) is Assistant Secretary, Office of Nuclear Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, where she leads their strategic mission to advance nuclear energy science and technology to meet U.S. energy, environmental, and economic needs, both realizing the potential of advanced technology, and leveraging the unique role of the government in spurring innovation.

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