Global air travel at 90.5% of pre-virus levels in April Anadolu Agency
Ally, model or influential celebrity? For you but not for me is not public health Chloé Humbert, human team
The global plan to deal with the next pandemic has just weakened, critics say Nature. “The previous, more ambitious version described how countries should respond to a future pandemic using frequently words such as ‘must’ and ‘will’ – but now some of them have moved on to ‘urge’ and ‘support’ says Kelley Lee, a global health researcher.As a long-time passionate aspirant to standards, yuck.
voice in the void scientific medicine
Tacoma woman with TB finally arrested for treatment in jail KOMO News (IP). But muh freedom!
Water Wars: Drought, Disputes and Deadly Skirmishes Between Iran and the Taliban Internationalist 360°
Press the eastern opening China Daily
A Day in the Life of a Shwe Kokko Scammer Myanmar border
Dear old Blighty
Erdoğan’s next fight Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Collection on board the Moscow Express Yacha Levin. Nicely written. Anything from the axis (Levine | Ames) is worth reading.
New not so cold war
Ukraine and Moldova will join the EU together – Zelenskyy Ukraine Pravda
Biden shows growing appetite for crossing Putin’s red lines WaPo (Re Silc).
US debt ceiling deal narrowly passes Senate, averting catastrophic federal default Guardian. I remained deeply selfless throughout the endless episode of kayfabe, which culminated on Memorial Day weekend, almost as if that was the script all along. The hysteria of the Grauniades only confirms me in this opinion. After all, the Democrats got the Republicans to do for them what they always refuse to do: kick the poor. So it’s a win-win, right?
Is Joe Manchin’s pipeline a big deal? Heat map. “The bill requires federal agencies to approve the pipeline and then protects those permits from judicial review, while ensuring the eventual completion of the project.” Strategically, the end of the authorization process is more important than the gas itself.
White House set to tap Obama veteran Mandy Cohen to lead CDC Policy. Who could ever replace Rochelle Walensky?
Mississippi offers lessons for America on education Nicholas Kristof, NYT
In a dark red Florida county, a revolt by students and teachers is shaming the right WaPo. “I have math to teach. I literally don’t have time to teach your kids to be gay.
White House says Biden is fine after tripping over sandbags and falling on stage at Air Force Academy start CN. Bad job in advance. Why was the sandbag even there, and why was it in Biden’s way?
Russia claims US hacked thousands of iPhones in no-click iOS attacks Computer Beep. Russia in the spotlight = Kaspersky. Then: “In a statement coinciding with Kaspersky’s report, Russia’s FSB intelligence and security agency claims that Apple deliberately provided the NSA with a backdoor it can use to infect the country’s iPhones with spyware” (which Apple has denied (naturally)).
Highlights of the RAeS Future Combat Air and Space Capabilities Summit Royal Aeronautical Society. 2023: an AI oddity, “This mission is too important to me to allow you to jeopardize it.“:
Having been involved in the development of the Auto-GCAS rescue system for F-16s (which he noted met with resistance from pilots when he took control of the aircraft) (Col Tucker’ Cinco’ Hamilton, the head of AI Test and Operations, USAF) is now involved in state-of-the-art flight testing of autonomous systems, including F-16 robots capable of dogfighting. However, he cautioned against relying too much on AI, noting how easy it is to trick and deceive. He also creates some very unexpected strategies to achieve his goal.
He notes that a simulated test saw an AI-enabled drone tasked with a SEAD mission to identify and destroy SAM sites, with the final green light given by the human. However, after being “reinforced” during training that killing the SAM was the preferred option, the AI then decided that the human’s “forbidden” decisions interfered with its higher mission – killing the SAMs – and then attacked the operator in the simulation. Says Hamilton: “We were training him in simulation to identify and target a SAM threat. And then the operator would say yes, kill this threat. .’
He continued: .’
This example, apparently taken from a sci-fi thriller, means: “You can’t have a conversation about artificial intelligence, intelligence, machine learning, autonomy if you don’t talk about ethics and AI,” Hamilton said.
It went viral, so there are a million stories. The above is the source of all
Amazon Ring, Alexa blamed for every nightmarish IoT security failure you can imagine The register. And the bridge: “Staff able to monitor customers in the bathroom? Tick! Obviously shabby Infosec? Tick! Training AI as an excuse for data retention? Tick!” Amazon?!
Our famous free press
Imperial Collapse Watch
Defense contractor-funded think tanks dominate debate in Ukraine Quincy Institute for Responsible Politics
Pentagon wants $500 million for data to manage F-35 parts breaking defense
JPMorgan is building a unit for the world’s richest families in Wealth Bet Bloomberg. The Game: “23 Wall focuses on 700 families worth over $4.5 trillion.” There are not many Shings. I sure hope they don’t all get on the same plane!
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Do labor costs cause inflation? (No) Barry Ritholtz, The Big Picture
100 million dollars spent in 27 minutes New York magazine
Huge ‘space cannon’ can fire payloads into space at hypersonic speeds Interesting engineering (Chuck L).
Antidote of the day (via):
I thought it was a big carp, but it was a raccoon swimming happily. pic.twitter.com/kcSj88phbv
— why you should have a pet (@shouldhaveanima) June 1, 2023
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