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Deepfake scams

You may have seen this recent deepfake scam, attempting to scam WPP. It’s easy to dismiss these threats thinking it only affects the ‘big companies’ – after all why would anyone bother going to all that trouble to target ‘a small company like ours’… But it’s only a (short) matter of time before these deepfake processes are easily emulated and can be...

Slop

Simon highlights (via a tweet that quotes another tweet) that ‘slop’ is the perfect word to describe the barrage of unwanted AI generated ‘content’ that we’re being forced to wade through on our trek to an actual answer. As they note, just as ‘spam’ became the word for unwanted email, ‘slop’ is the term for unwanted AI generated content. See...

Queensland launches digital drivers license app

Great that Queensland Government has launched an app for driver’s licenses. Nice of them to say this “We worked with our counterparts in other Australian states that have digital licences, to ensure we learnt from the way they developed and released their apps. But odd to also say this: “Queensland’s Digital Licence app will set the standard for mobile driver licence apps...

Crazy valuations part 734

Always tricky to understand valuations… we’re in a high interest rate period and yet AI startups are (selectively) breaking through and still getting crazy valuations. Recently Perplexity got a half billion valuation, even though current ARR is just $3M (note: revenue, not profit). That’s 150x It’s easy to ridicule, but then I’m reminded of DHH’s...

More AI Lawsuits

At some point – pretty soon I suspect – we won’t even find AI related lawsuits (like this recent one) newsworthy.

They’ll just be common place.

Like most other legal matters involving copyright.

AI aint cheap

Regarding GitHub Copilot, as per Paul Thurrott’s article which is getting shared around (probably because the original report from the Wall Street Journal and we can’t share that (it’s behind a paywall): GitHub Copilot costs $10 per month to subscribe to as an individual developer ($19 per month for businesses) But costs Microsoft around $30 per month to provide (via Open AI...

Mobile phones banned in NSW public schools

As of this week (the start of a new term) mobile phones can’t be used during the school day by students in NSW. This applies to high schools (primary schools already had this in place). This applies to public schools (ie not private schools). From the government announcement: “The ban is one of a number of measures the Government is putting in place to improve the classroom...

Using Spotify to launder money

Wow, gotta hand it to criminals, they sure are imaginative… makes me wonder why the don’t just go legit, with innovative thinking like this they could be very successful… Essentially the process is: Gang related rappers sets up song on Spotify Gang pays 3rd party companies for fake streams of those Spotify songs (ie similar to how you can pay 3rd party companies for fake Likes...

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