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What does GPT-3 know about me?
One of the biggest stories in technology this year has been the emergence of Large Language Models (LLMs). These are AI models that produce a text that a human might have written – sometimes in a very convincing way that tricked people into thinking they were sensitive.
The strength of these models comes from collections of human-generated, publicly available texts relayed from the Internet. If you post anything personal even remotely in English on the Internet, your data will likely be part of some of the world’s most famous LLMs.
My colleague Melissa Hekila, an AI correspondent, recently started to wonder what data these models might contain about them — and how they could be misused. A traumatic experience a decade ago left her feeling paranoid about sharing personal details online, so she tested OpenAI’s GPT-3 to see what she “know” about her. Read what I found.
How ammonia can help clean up global shipping
news: Smelly ammonia may seem like an unlikely fuel to help cut greenhouse gas emissions. But it could also play a major role in decarbonizing global shipping, providing an efficient way to store the energy needed to power large ships on long voyages.
What is happening: The US Bureau of Shipping recently granted early approval for some ammonia-powered vessels and bunkering infrastructure, meaning such vessels could hit the seas within the next few years. While the fuel will require new engines and fuel systems, replacing it with the fossil fuels that ships burn today could help bring about a significant reduction in global carbon emissions.
What’s Next: Some companies are looking to the future even more, with New York-based Amogy raising nearly $50 million earlier this year to use the chemical for fuel cells that promises even greater emissions reductions. If early tests of ammonia are successful, these new technologies could help the shipping industry significantly reduce its emissions. Read the full story.
— Casey Crownheart
I’ve combed the internet to find the most interesting/important/scary/cool stories about technology today.
1 Pakistan suffers from devastating floods
Poor policymaking, mixed with the monsoons caused by climate change, has displaced millions of people and destroyed homes, food and livelihoods. (Fox)
+ These photos highlight the extent of the devastation. (Watchman)
+ Residents are trying to save their belongings from the water. (BBC)
2 California has passed new rules for online child safety
Legislation will force sites and apps to add safeguards for those under 18. (The New York Times $)
+The state also wants to punish doctors who spread false health information. (The New York Times $)
3 NASA will attempt to launch the Artemis rocket again on Saturday
An inaccurate sensor reading is believed to have caused the failed boot on Monday. (BBC)
4 Elon Musk Found A New Tactic To Try To Dodge The Twitter Purchase
He is using the whistleblower’s recent allegations. (F $)
+ What you need to know about the upcoming legal battle. (The Wall Street Journal $)
+ Twitter fails to adequately address self-harming content. (Ars Technica)
5 Deepfakes Sneaking Into the Mainstream
Technology is improving day by day, and we should be concerned. (WP $)
+ A terrifying new AI app that switches women into porn videos with a single tap. (MIT Technology Review)
6 Cyber insurance is not equipped to deal with cyber warfare
Insurance companies cannot agree on what should and should not be covered. (wired $)
A program to clean up contaminated Nigerian wetlands has exacerbated the problem
The people of Ogoniland were left to deal with the oil-stained lands. (Bloomberg $)
+ Companies that caused the oil spill in California were fined $13 million. (CNN)
8 How Giant isopods became so gigantic
The genes of a stocky Polly relative explain why they can grow to the size of a Chihuahua. (Hakay magazine)
+ The primitive coelacanth was an expert in saving energy. (new world $)
9 Gen Z is really into label making
Of course, there is an app for that. (the information $)
10 Dadkor’s Fashion Goes Viral
He left a generation of iconic fishing enthusiasts in his wake. (Enter)
Quote from today
“I’ve definitely had days of achieving all of that, but it’s exhausting.”
—Dynasty DeJoville, 22, describes the pressure she felt to sign up for the #ThatGirl lifestyle of getting up early, grueling exercises, and restrictive diets being promoted by TikTok clips of skinny white women to The Wall Street Journal.
The big story
Humanity is stuck in short-term thinking. Here’s how we escape.
Humans have evolved over thousands of years to accommodate an increased sense of time. We have minds capable of imagining a long-term future. However, while we may have this ability, it is rarely deployed in everyday life. If our grandchildren were to diagnose the diseases of twenty-first century civilization, they would notice a dangerous short-lived: a collective failure to escape the present moment and look forward.
The world is saturated with information, standards of living have never been higher, but it is often difficult to see beyond the next news cycle, political term, or business quarter. How do we explain this contradiction? Why are we stuck in the “now”? Read the full story.
– Richard Fisher
We can still have pretty things
+ this dog slice Seems like endless fun.
+ three hours of Underground hip hop in the 90’s It guarantees you a good mood.
+ After a two-year break, the world wrestling championship is back!
+ electric icon Gary Nauman He has some interesting words of wisdom.
+ Persevere rover looking around for clues Past life on Mars.