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Daily Archives: June 27, 2023

How Easy Is It to Fool A.I.-Detection Tools?

The New York Times: “…In recent months…startlingly lifelike images of these scenes created by artificial intelligence have spread virally online, threatening society’s ability to separate fact from fiction. To sort through the confusion, a fast-burgeoning crop of companies now offer services to detect what is real and what isn’t. Their tools analyze content using sophisticated algorithms, picking up on subtle signals to distinguish the images made with computers from the ones produced by human photographers and artists. But some tech leaders and misinformation experts have expressed concern that advances in A.I. will always stay a step ahead of the tools. To assess the effectiveness of current A.I.-detection technology, The New York Times tested five new services using more than 100 synthetic images and real photos. The results show that the services are advancing rapidly, but at times fall short…”

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Tagged by Source

“Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most prevalent greenhouse gas driving global climate change. However, its increase in the atmosphere would be even more rapid without land and ocean carbon sinks, which collectively absorb about half of human emissions every year. Advanced computer modeling techniques in NASA’s Global Modeling and Assimilation Office allow us to disentangle… Continue Reading

Is A Crypto Collapse Inevitable?

Via LLRX – Is A Crypto Collapse Inevitable? – Jerry Lawson and Elizabeth Southerland identify technical reasons why the crypto bubble is bursting, including the fact that theoretically unbreakable encryption schemes like those underpinning blockchain have proven to be less than impermeable in practice, as users of Coinbase discovered upon losing fortunes. Attackers go after the weakest… Continue Reading

ChatGPT and Generative AI in Legal, Corporate & Tax Markets

Thomson Reuters 2023 Future of Professionals: ChatGPT and Generative AI in Legal, Corporate & Tax Markets, June 2023 [24 pages, PDF]: “As generative AI started taking hold, the Thomson Reuters Institute has begun to catalog and measure generative AI usage and attitudes in the legal and tax industries. The first report examined generative AI within… Continue Reading

Data Act: Commission welcomes political agreement on rules for a fair and innovative data economy

European Commission: “The Commission welcomes the political agreement reached today between the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, on the European Data Act, proposed by the Commission in February 2022. Today, the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution fuels exponential growth with projected data volume set to skyrocket in the coming years. A significant… Continue Reading

Global income deciles

Kanishka B. Narayan et al. “present a consistent dataset of income distributions across 190 countries from 1958 to 2015 measured in terms of net income.” Where net income statistics were unavailable, the authors imputed the deciles from consumption data or the country’s Gini coefficient. Their paper also provides a comparison of their dataset to the… Continue Reading

Planned in Plain Sight: A Review of the Intelligence Failures in Advance of January 6th, 2021

“U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released a new report detailing the results of his investigation examining intelligence failures by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) in the lead-up to the attack on… Continue Reading

Thomson Reuters to acquire Casetext

Deck – Strategic Purchase Accelerates Generative AI Capability – Build and Expands Addressable Market Potential, June 27, 2023. “Casetext is a leading provider of AI powered tools that empower legal professionals to work more efficiently and provide higher-quality representation to their clients: Casetext launched CoCounsel, a Generative AI powered legal AI assistant, on March 1,… Continue Reading