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Daily Archives: June 25, 2023

A.I.’s Use in Elections Sets Off a Scramble for Guardrails

The New York Times (read free) – Gaps in campaign rules allow politicians to spread images and messaging generated by increasingly powerful artificial intelligence technology…What began a few months ago as a slow drip of fund-raising emails and promotional images composed by A.I. for political campaigns has turned into a steady stream of campaign materials created by the technology, rewriting the political playbook for democratic elections around the world. Increasingly, political consultants, election researchers and lawmakers say setting up new guardrails, such as legislation reining in synthetically generated ads, should be an urgent priority. Existing defenses, such as social media rules and services that claim to detect A.I. content, have failed to do much to slow the tide. As the 2024 U.S. presidential race starts to heat up, some of the campaigns are already testing the technology. The Republican National Committee released a video with artificially generated images of doomsday scenarios after President Biden announced his re-election bid, while Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida posted fake images of former President Donald J. Trump with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former health official. The Democratic Party experimented with fund-raising messages drafted by artificial intelligence in the spring — and found that they were often more effective at encouraging engagement and donations than copy written entirely by humans…”

ShowYourStripes – visualizations tracking rises in global temperatures

ShoYourStripes: “These ‘warming stripe’ graphics are visual representations of the change in temperature as measured in each country, region or city over the past 100+ years. Each stripe or bar represents the temperature in that country, region or city averaged over a year. The stripes typically start around the year 1900 and finish in 2022,… Continue Reading

Dropbox’s AI tools can help you find your stuff from everywhere on the internet

The Verge: “Dropbox is launching two different but related AI-powered services into its platform. The first is simple and obvious: a tool for summarizing and querying documents. This is neat and useful and the sort of feature you’ll see in most tools in this category over time…The Dash app comes in two parts. There’s a… Continue Reading

Is Artificial Intelligence Capable of Writing a Law Journal Article?

Yankovskiy, Roman M, Is Artificial Intelligence Capable of Writing a Law Journal Article? (March 8, 2023). Yankovskiy, R. M. (2023). Sposoben li iskusstvennyj intellekt napisat’ stat’yu v yuridicheskij zhurnal? [Is Artificial Intelligence Capable of Writing a Law Journal Article?] Zakon [The Statute], (3), 126-133. doi:10.37239/0869-4400-2023-20-3-126-133, Available at SSRN: or “In this article, we… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 24, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, June 24, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the… Continue Reading

45 million people in the U.S. may be exposed to dangerous heat today

Washington Post Heat Tracker – “Extreme heat kills more people in the United States than any other weather hazard, and the risk of longer and more frequent heat waves is only expected to increase as climate change worsens. The Post is tracking the potential for dangerous heat this summer using the heat index, which accounts… Continue Reading

What is Secure? Analysis of Popular Messaging Apps

“In a world where privacy and security are increasingly under threat, particularly in countries swept up in a global wave of autocratization and erosion of rights, encrypted messaging apps are an increasingly popular—and necessary—way to share information, organize and engage with one another, and do business. But while the promise of secure messaging is private… Continue Reading

There Is Always An Alternative

Remarks presented to York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Graduating Class of 2023 The human condition is…not good. We’re in the polycrisis, a widening gyre of climate emergency, inequality, infrastructure neglect, rising authoritarianism and zoonotic plagues. But that’s not the bad part. Stuff breaks. The Second Law of Thermodynamics is not up… Continue Reading