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Cloud Irregular • 3696 implied HN points • 22 Jan 24
  1. The cloud landscape is shifting from big hyperscalers to more specialized services like standalone databases and DIY cloud-in-a-box.
  2. Using tools like Nightshade to protect art from being exploited by AI may not be the best strategy, focusing on creating original, high-quality art is key.
  3. Google, despite criticism, remains a significant player in the tech industry, seen as a symbol of intellectual prowess and innovation.
Bite code! • 978 implied HN points • 14 Mar 24
  1. Cookie banners on websites are not legally required by any EU law; companies choose to implement them.
  2. American companies do not have to comply with EU laws such as showing cookie banners to users in the USA.
  3. Many cookie banners on websites are actually illegal according to EU law, as they use dark patterns to trick users into tracking consent.
Common Sense with Bari Weiss • 8778 implied HN points • 10 Jul 23
  1. The retraction of a scientific article on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria sparked controversy and highlighted the influence of activist movements in academia.
  2. The authors faced accusations of violating editorial policies around consent, which they refuted by claiming to have followed ethical research practices.
  3. Despite the retraction, the authors plan to continue studying the controversial topic of ROGD, emphasizing the importance of scientific inquiry and resisting censorship.
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Risk Musings • 343 implied HN points • 17 Mar 24
  1. It's important to consider the balance between what we can do and what we should do with technology and advancements in society.
  2. Lessons from past experiences, like the unregulated internet explosion, emphasize the importance of having cautious conversations about the benefits and risks of technological progress.
  3. Discussing the 'can versus should' dilemma is crucial when considering the replacement of human labor with AI and robotics, and having a strong risk culture helps navigate these trade-offs effectively.
Platformer • 3518 implied HN points • 05 Jul 23
  1. Meta released Threads, a new app challenging Twitter, with a focus on content moderation and decentralization.
  2. Threads is a text-based messaging app similar to Twitter, allowing easy following of Instagram users with limited features.
  3. The success of Threads will depend on cultivating a vibrant community and continuous improvements to user experience.
Numlock News • 766 implied HN points • 18 Jan 24
  1. The National Baseball Hall of Fame faced a significant financial decline in revenue and attendance in 2022.
  2. Walmart's financial services became a target for scammers, leading to billions of dollars in fraud.
  3. Biologists are concerned about the extinction of tetrapod species, with around 856 currently missing and presumed extinct.
One Thing • 573 implied HN points • 01 Feb 24
  1. Utilize small, alternative search engines that offer unique approaches not influenced by market trends
  2. Consider using unconventional methods when searching, such as leveraging platforms like Reddit for information
  3. Prioritize authentic search experiences, focusing on genuine connections and unique discoveries rather than catering solely to algorithms
Break Free with Karen Hunt • 1474 implied HN points • 26 Jul 23
  1. Elon Musk is utilizing AI and technology to potentially control and surveil every aspect of human life.
  2. Musk's empire includes SpaceX, Neuralink, Starlink, and Dogecoin, indicating a quest for power and control.
  3. There are concerns regarding Musk's ambitions to dominate space, connect humanity to AI, and collect vast amounts of data.
bookbear express • 231 implied HN points • 12 Feb 24
  1. The author reflects on the importance of preserving digital messages and memories, expressing a strong emotional attachment to them.
  2. There's a contrast drawn between the perceived permanence of digital life and its actual fragility, highlighting the significance of digital memories.
  3. The preference to retain digital messages is likened to the author's aversion to losing memories, emphasizing the value placed on both physical and digital aspects of life.
Elliott Confidential • 137 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Use two-factor authentication and authenticator apps to protect your online travel accounts from hackers.
  2. Enable login notifications and maximize security settings on platforms to monitor any unauthorized access to your accounts.
  3. Avoid using simple or repeated passwords, practice safe Wi-Fi usage, and be cautious of urgent emails or suspicious links to prevent hacking incidents.
All-Source Intelligence Fusion • 461 implied HN points • 06 Oct 23
  1. ICE increased a contract with a data broker from $816,700 to over $3.6 million to bypass a 'commercial data pause'.
  2. DHS Inspector General recommended ICE stop using location-tracking data until proper assessments are done.
  3. There were oversight gaps identified in how ICE used cellphone location data, including shared accounts and lack of supervisory review.
Sriram Krishnan’s Newsletter • 137 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Content creators may need to start monetizing bot traffic as AI bots mimic human behavior on the internet.
  2. New or gated information on the internet is gaining higher value as freely available content gets indexed and scraped.
  3. Licensing collectives for independents and the debate of privacy vs. monetization are evolving trends impacting web traffic and content consumption.
!important • 849 HN points • 21 Feb 23
  1. Building a Chrome extension that steals data demonstrates the potential risks of installing extensions
  2. Extensively requesting permissions can allow for covert data collection without user awareness
  3. Features like keyloggers and input capturing can be used maliciously through a Chrome extension
AI Disruption • 19 implied HN points • 30 Apr 24
  1. ChatGPT's memory feature is now open to Plus users, helping it remember details shared in chats for seamless interactions.
  2. The memory feature works by allowing users to ask ChatGPT to remember things or letting it learn on its own through interactions.
  3. Deleting chats does not erase ChatGPT's memories; users need to delete specific memories if they wish. It is important for improving AI models and can enhance user experiences.
imperfect offerings • 259 implied HN points • 04 Nov 23
  1. Generative AI can reshape relationships at personal and societal levels through its integration into everyday life and work.
  2. The use of AI in privatising public goods like healthcare and education raises concerns about data control, accountability, and the concentration of knowledge and power in the hands of few corporations.
  3. AI facilitates the privatisation of public services through the capture of expertise, turning professionals into consumers of recycled expertise and potentially diminishing the role of teachers and healthcare providers in favor of automated systems.
Condensing the Cloud • 137 implied HN points • 05 Jan 24
  1. In 2024, AI will be integrated in more products, making AI-powered experiences common.
  2. The observability market is set for changes, with new companies emerging to address current challenges.
  3. Privacy and compliance will become more crucial for enterprises, particularly with the introduction of new AI-related legislation.
imperfect offerings • 179 implied HN points • 24 Nov 23
  1. Peter Thiel's Palantir has taken over the federated data service for the NHS, impacting data sharing opt-outs for patients and raising concerns about private interests in public health data.
  2. In the education sector, AI's influence, particularly in EdTech, raises issues around data governance, privacy regulations, and the challenge of regulating online platforms.
  3. AI's expansion into various sectors, including recruitment, poses challenges such as potential bias, pricing out of students, and the use of AI for assessments, leading to a possible 'AI-driven race to the middle' in hiring practices.
Good Computer • 37 HN points • 18 Mar 24
  1. The EU AI Act aims to protect individuals' rights and ensure safe AI use, setting a risk-based framework for regulation.
  2. The act defines AI broadly to be future-proof, with specific categories for varying levels of risk: Unacceptable, High, Low, and Minimal Risk.
  3. Generative AI like ChatGPT is carefully regulated in the act, aligning with the existing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to safeguard privacy and data.
Fight to Repair • 138 implied HN points • 08 Dec 23
  1. The Google ad campaign conveys the message of 'Buy, Don't Repair' by promoting replacing products over repairing them, highlighting the impact of consumer culture and convenience.
  2. There is a significant focus on increasing the longevity of products through right to repair initiatives, emphasizing the importance of repairing, reusing, and reducing waste before resorting to recycling.
  3. Various issues related to repair and longevity, such as companies limiting repair resources, the spread of 'Deere disease' affecting maintenance, and the impact of support policies on vintage products, are highlighted in the text.
Technology Made Simple • 219 implied HN points • 12 Aug 23
  1. Data laundering involves converting stolen data to be used illegally or sold as legitimate data.
  2. Tech companies, like Stability AI, can get around artist copyright by using creative methods with AI art.
  3. It's essential to ensure fair compensation for artists and creators whose work is used, and to establish better regulations for copyright protection in data usage.
Book Post • 157 implied HN points • 29 Sep 23
  1. The use of AI in writing and literature is leading to negotiations and agreements to protect human creativity in industries like Hollywood and publishing.
  2. Creative professionals are facing challenges from AI, such as actors negotiating to preserve their image and narrators resisting licensing their voices to AI.
  3. There is ongoing legal and ethical debate regarding the use of AI in creative industries, with concerns about copyright infringement and the impact on authors and content creators.
Metacurity • 39 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. London Underground is testing AI surveillance tools to monitor passengers, aiming to improve safety but facing challenges like recognizing objects accurately and potential privacy concerns.
  2. Transitioning from passwords to passkeys promises enhanced security but requires users to adapt to new ways of authentication and storage methods like dedicated password managers or physical security keys.
  3. Using SMS for account logins can lead to security vulnerabilities like SIM-swap attacks; companies should offer more secure alternatives like Authy or Google Authenticator to improve security measures.
Easy Observations • 39 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. The agriculture industry is slow to adopt new technology and most farmers do not have access to high-tech features.
  2. John Deere dominates the precision agriculture hardware space and aims to control the flow of agriculture data.
  3. Deere's strategy involves integrating their technology with competitors' machinery through APIs to establish themselves as the central player in Ag Data.