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Daily Archives: September 26, 2023

How to keep junk snail mail out of your mailbox forever (sort of)

Washington Post: “…Mail volumes in the United States peaked in 2011, but junk mail has continued almost unabated. Last year, roughly 63 billion catalogues, postcards, credit card offers and coupon booklets arrived in America’s mailboxes. That’s 62 percent of all U.S. household mail, reports the U.S. Postal Service.  This takes a heavy environmental toll. The typical American receives about 41 pounds of junk mail each year, according to the Center for Development of Recycling at San José State University, and much of it ends up in landfills. While recent numbers are hard to come by, the Sierra Club estimates 80 to 100 million trees are cut down each year to print junk mail, while cities and counties spend $1 billion a year to collect and dispose of it. So after years of ignoring or recycling it, I finally set out to get my mailbox as close to zero junk mail as possible. Services now promise to take care of the problem, and I tried several. After bracing for an extended battle against marketers unseen, it took less than half an hour of work to get rid of most of my junk mail. You can do it, too…”

Generative AI Conversations Are a Peek Into the Legal Tech ‘Boys’ Club’ – Isha Marathe: “Many legal tech panels on generative artificial intelligence are still dominated by a homogenous group: white men. It’s a glimpse into the more insidious barriers that stand in the way of women tech founders fighting to make it in the industry. In a phenomenon that carries through from college classrooms to boardrooms… Continue Reading

Is Amazon Alexa spying on you?

Proton VPN Blog: “Amazon and third parties (including advertising and tracking services) collect smart speaker interaction data. We find that Amazon processes voice data to infer user interests and uses it to serve targeted ads on-platform (Echo devices) as well as off-platform (web). Smart speaker interaction leads to as much as 30X higher ad bids… Continue Reading

CISA Toolkit Encouraging Americans to Keep Themselves and Families Safe Online

“The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today announced the launch of  “Secure Our World,” a nationwide cybersecurity public awareness campaign to educate all Americans on how to stay safe online. The campaign includes a public service announcement (PSA) that will air on stations around the country, as well as digital content, a toolkit, and… Continue Reading

Copyright Liability for Generative AI Pivots on Fair Use Doctrine

Bloomberg Law – Gibson Dunn’s Howard Hogan, Connor Sullivan, and Jeffrey Myers analyze the evolution of copyright and legal questions surrounding generative AI, and how courts are responding. On Aug. 24, 2023 the Copyright Office issued a request for comment on ways that generative AI technology that is “capable of producing outputs such as text,… Continue Reading

Google Indexing Public Bard Conversations In Search Results

Search Engine Journal: “…On X, formerly Twitter, people report links to conversations with Google’s Bard chatbot are appearing in search results, raising concerns about privacy and data security. You can replicate what others are seeing by typing ‘‘ into the Google Search bar. This has sparked a wave of concern among Bard users. Google hasn’t… Continue Reading

What is Bing Chat? Here’s everything you need to know

ZDNet: “In early February, Microsoft unveiled a new version of its search engine Bing, with its standout feature being its AI chatbot that is powered by more advanced technology than ChatGPT, OpenAI’s GPT-4.  With Bing Chat, you can ask the AI chatbot questions and get detailed, human-like responses with footnotes that link back to the original sources.… Continue Reading

Behold the Jacobean Traveling Library: The 17th Century Forerunner to the Kindle

Open Culture: “In this striking image, you can see an early experiment in making books portable–a 17th century precursor, if you will, to the modern day Kindle. According to the library at the University of Leeds, this “Jacobean Travelling Library” dates back to 1617. That’s when William Hakewill, an English lawyer and MP, commissioned the… Continue Reading

Generative AI Is a Catalyst for Law Firms and Talent Development

Bloomberg Law: “There are broad possibilities around generative AI, and it’s here to help law firms operate. Cleary Gottlieb’s Michael Gerstenzang and Sixth Street’s David Stiepleman outline how law practices need to rethink their judgment and experiences with AI. Generative artificial intelligence and large language models are here. And soon enough, they won’t be optional.… Continue Reading