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Fear of Becoming Obsolete (FOBO)

Didn’t realise that FOBO (Fear Of Becoming Obsolete) , but thanks to this Gallop News poll I do now. The article confidently highlights the fears of U.S. workers of becoming obsolete due to AI are increasing (up from 15% to 22%). The ‘findings’ go on to break down the fears amongst age groups (younger people are more worried) and household income (lower salary earners are more...

ChatGPT Water Usage

Good article covering the water usage in data centres, with a focus on those used for training AI. [Aside: Interestingly, the Techmeme summary title is a little click-baity (which is unusual because techmeme usually takes the hype out of articles).] The summary seems to be that data centres can take up to 1 litre of water for every 100 ChatGPT prompts from users. The calculation comes from a...

The IRS and AI

From The New York Times: The Internal Revenue Service has started using artificial intelligence to investigate tax evasion at multibillion-dollar partnerships as it looks for ways to better police hedge funds, private equity groups, real estate investors and large law firms. NYT Assuming this does focus on the bigger players (often the smallest tax payers) and has safeguards in place , I’d...

ChatGPT Usage

SimilarWeb reckons ChatGPT usage is dropping (according to this Reuters article). See also this report from back in July 2023 reporting on a 10% drop in web traffic to the ChatGPT site. Note: this is only looking at web traffic trends, ie it excludes apps and API traffic (which one would assume is growing). Difficult to say what this means for ChatGPT (versus AI interest in general), but given...

Amazon Kindle books and AI

Amazon has updated it’s Content Guidelines for Kindle books to require indication of AI generated content – here’s the full section that’s relevant: Start quote: “Artificial intelligence (AI) content (text, images, or translations) We require you to inform us of AI-generated content (text, images, or translations) when you publish a new book or make edits to and...

LastPass Unravel

The LastPass security issue continues.

Summary:

A bunch of seasoned, security minded crypto investors are finding their wallets drained

So far, $35M has been confirmed

A common trait is they had their seed phrases stored in LastPass prior to the security incidents last year

If this ends up being confirmed as a LastPass hack outcome, then it’s only the start of a bunch of knock-on effects.

Customer Support Anchors

Apple is discontinuing customer support via Twitter (X), YouTube and it’s own Apple Support Community forums, according to a MacRumours post. Timeframe for this to be completed is before end of year (likely by November). This means that if customers requests support (eg via the @AppleSupport account on X) they’ll receive automated replies at best, and likely no replies on other...

Texting while walking is apparently dangerous

Who knew? Incredible finding! In a bizarre study that confirmed the obvious, researchers have confirmed that texting while walking increases your changes of falling. I’m not making this up. As I noted at the time, I’m looking forward to their next study investigating: ‘Whether falling asleep at the wheel increases the chances of a crash’ But jokes aside, there’s...

ATO Money

From ABC (Australia) news a month or so ago: The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has admitted to the ABC that more than half a billion dollars has been claimed over the past two years by fraudsters exploiting a glaring security gap in the agency’s identity checking system. ABC News It’s interesting to think about this in light of the shame of Australia’s Robotdebt scheme (which...

Paying for peace

Good article on the NYT about the price of avoiding the cesspool that is the web. And by cesspool they are referring to the ads, noise, comments, distractions, etc I’m definitely one who pays to avoid the ads eg YouTube Premium is a no brainer for me. My wife and I also pay for many subscriptions to content (eg SMH) in order to avoid annoying banners, and limited views, as well as avoiding...

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