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- Holidaymakers who decide to go on a cruise on board the Norwegian Prime liner from New York to Bermuda are being told that they could get a full refund if the ship disappears, according to The Mirror. “Don’t worry about disappearing on this Bermuda Triangle tour. The tour has a 100% return rate and your money will be refunded in the rare chance you disappear”, the organisers’ website reads, as quoted by the paper. The cruise is scheduled to set off on 28 March 2023.
- An expert cyber fraudster can make as much as £6m in a year, more than three times the 2020 average salary of a FTSE 100 chief executive, and even rookies are raking it in, taking home approximately £15,000 a month, according to statistics on the state of fraud and internet account security, compiled by Arkose Labs. The firm said that if it was a country, the global fraud industry would be the third-biggest economy in the world, lagging only the US and China. “Online criminals have a shopping list of opportunities available to them – everything from refund fraud to account takeover. They can almost pick and choose which type of fraud they want to commit,” Arkose’s chief criminal officer Brett Johnson – the former ‘Internet Godfather’ who was a key player in the operation of the ShadowCrew cyber crime collective – said
- A man broke into the Dallas Museum of Art on Wednesday night, significantly damaging several artworks, including three Greek artifacts and a contemporary Native American piece. According to the Dallas Morning News, Brian Hernandez, 21, shattered the museum’s glass entrance with a metal chair. Once inside, he began targeting the collection. Among the casualties of his vandalism was a 6th-century BCE Greek amphora, a ceramic vessel used to store liquids, and a Greek box dated from 450 BCE. Police said Hernandez also destroyed a delicate bowl from ancient Greece decorated with vignettes of Heracles fighting the Nemean lion. A ceramic Caddo bottle depicting an alligator and dozen smaller objects also suffered minor damage.
- Researchers using machine-learning artificial intelligence (AI) often don’t know precisely how their algorithms are solving the problems they are tasked with. Take for instance the AI that can identify race from X-rays where no human can see how, or the Facebook AI that began to develop its own language. Joining these may be everyone’s favorite text-to-image generator, DALLE-2. Computer Science PhD student Giannis Daras noticed that the DALLE-2 system, which creates images based on a text input prompt, would return nonsense words as text under certain circumstances. “A known limitation of DALLE-2 is that it struggles with text,” he wrote in a paper published on pre-print server Arxiv. “For example, text prompts such as: ‘An image of the word airplane’ often lead to generated images that depict gibberish text.” “We discover that this produced text is not random, but rather reveals a hidden vocabulary that the model seems to have developed internally. For example, when fed with this gibberish text, the model frequently produces airplanes.” In one illustration posted to Twitter, Daras explains that when asked to subtitle a conversation between two farmers, it shows them talking, but the speech bubbles are filled with what looks like complete nonsense. Daras also remarked that some words from the DALL-E 2 “language” can be used to create “absurd prompts”, and that the discovery of the AI’s “language” presents “many interesting security and interpretability challenges”. “Currently, NLP systems filter text prompts that violate the policy rules”, the study’s author elaborated. “Gibberish prompts may be used to bypass these filters”.
- There’s some mysterious entity, beyond the boundaries of our galaxy, that is pushing against us with incredible force. We don’t know exactly what it is, and we don’t know how long it’s been there. But we do know its name: the dipole repeller. The name may be a bit dorky, but it’s a very real thing. It’s also nothing to worry about — just a normal consequence of the usual process of structure formation that’s been happening in the universe for [checks watch] 13.8 billion years. Beyond the Milky Way sit a few other galaxies. There’s Andromeda, 2.5 million light-years away, which everyone knows and loves. There’s also Triangulum, which nobody really cares about. Our three galaxies and a few dozen dwarf galaxies combine to form the Local Group, which is a very unassuming name for a structure a few million light-years across. The nearest big deal to our Local Group is the Virgo Cluster, a massive ball of over a thousand galaxies sitting 60 million light-years away. Our Local Group and other groups in this patch of space aren’t part of the Virgo Cluster itself; rather, they belong to a greater structure known as the Virgo Supercluster. Here’s where things get a little tricky. Groups and clusters have decent, understandable definitions: They are gravitationally bound. Superclusters aren’t; they’re just collections of galaxies that are larger than clusters but smaller than, say, the entire universe.~ Paul M. Sutter
- Be it an epidemic, a ‘foreign adversary’, or apocalyptic climate change, the elites will always find a way to keep us scared. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Regardless of how you feel about his New Deal, those words hold timeless truth that I wish more Americans today would take the time to consider. America in 2022 more closely resembles a giant mental asylum inside a circus than a country of the brave and the free. Sometimes I wonder if most of my fellow citizens even believe in freedom anymore, or are they so fearful and shellshocked they’ve forgotten what that word means? I see young people in the prime of their lives walking around Los Angeles wearing three layers of face masks because they heard on TV that will keep them safe. Shoulders always slumped, heads always bent. I see people wearing surgical masks while driving alone, locked in their cars. We’ve had more than two years, multiple vaccinations, a slew of well-documented early viral treatments, and still it’s not enough. Everything is sanitized, every cashier is behind a plexiglass barrier, and every germ is now seen as a threat. Everyday phrases like “See you later” and “Take care” have been replaced with “Stay safe.” It’s almost like safety is the new American pastime, replacing baseball. Or worse, Safety is the new religion. To quote Nabokov, “The poison was in the wound, and the wound remained ever open.” And that’s exactly what our new fearful citizenry has been subjected to – an enormous national fear-wound, inflicted by our own government, whose taste for power has unleashed a monster. That monster both creates and feeds off of the fear, churning out more and more fresh poison with every news headline. ~ Memoree Joelle
- Over the last few months, a number of technology companies and venture capital–backed firms have announced plans to either freeze hiring, rescind accepted offers, or lay off employees. This week, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk ordered a hiring pause worldwide, citing a “super bad feeling” about the economy, according to an email obtained by Reuters. His comments came just days after JPMorgan’s CEO Jamie Dimon warned of an economic “hurricane” ahead as the Federal Reserve continues its process of normalizing interest rates. Against the backdrop of such ominous commentary, here’s a list of the latest companies to have announced hiring freezes, layoffs, and slowdowns. In May, Twitter froze hiring and said it would retrieve some job offers ahead of a buyout offer from Musk. The social media company also scaled back on costs such as travel, consulting, and marketing, according to the memo. Twitter employs roughly 7,500 employees.
- Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) officials have accused Ukrainian special forces of conducting mass kidnappings against relatives of the Donbass and pro-Russian activists and politicians since the start of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine. The accusations were made by DPR Human Rights Commissioner Daria Morozova during a briefing on Friday, in which she stated that the daughter of a DPR people’s militia officer had been abducted by Ukrainian Special Operation Forces in Kharkov. According to the ombudsman, on April 16, Aleksandr Demchenko, the officer, was contacted by an unknown group of people who offered him “cooperation in exchange for cooperation,” warning him that if he refused then “anything could happen to his daughter.” Demchenko’s daughter Ekaterina has sent her father a video saying she is being treated fairly. She asked him to cooperate with the abductors in “a calm fashion.”
- NASA scientists are expected to gain new insight into a distant world whose landscape may well resemble the biblical hell. The planet in question is a called 55 Cancri e is located about 50 light-years away from Earth, and orbits a Sun-like star at a distance of less than 1.5 million miles, which is one twenty-fifth of the distance between Mercury and the Sun. With the surface temperature on the planet apparently “far above the melting point of typical rock-forming minerals”, the day side of 55 Cancri e “is thought to be covered in oceans of lava”, NASA reported last week. “Imagine if Earth were much, much closer to the Sun. So close that an entire year lasts only a few hours”, reads the description of the planet provided by the space agency. “So close that gravity has locked one hemisphere in permanent searing daylight and the other in endless darkness. So close that the oceans boil away, rocks begin to melt, and the clouds rain lava”.
- Biden derided Musk’s economic concerns by pointing to the jobs supposedly created by his administration and wishing him luck with “his trip to the Moon,” only for the SpaceX magnate to remind him the mission is actually Biden’s own. In emails that leaked on Thursday, Musk said he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy that made him want to cut Tesla’s workforce by 10% and pause hiring worldwide. Asked about this on Friday in Delaware, Biden touted Musk’s rivals. “Well, let me tell ya, while Elon Musk is talking about that, Ford is increasing their investment overwhelmingly,” Biden said, noting that the carmaker has hired 6,000 new unionized workers to build electric cars. Meanwhile, Intel is “adding 20,000 new jobs for making computer chips.” “So, you know, lots of luck in his trip to the Moon,” he said. “Thanks Mr. President!” Musk replied on Twitter. As a pointed reminder of whose mission it actually was, he included a link to NASA’s April 16 announcement that SpaceX has been selected to develop the first commercial human Moon lander.
- China will launch three astronauts on the Shenzhou-14 spacecraft to work on the advanced stages of construction of the nation’s first space station. The rocket carrying the Shenzhou-14 will take astronauts Chen Dong, Liu Yang, and Cai Xuzhe to the Tiangong space station, where they will carry out assembly tasks of the station for the next six months. The rocket launch is scheduled for 10:44 a.m. local time on Sunday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwest Gobi Desert. “After entering orbit, the spaceship will adopt fast automated rendezvous and docking with the radial port of the space station core module Tianhe, forming a complex with Tianhe as well as the cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-3 and Tianzhou-4”, Lin Xiqiang, deputy director of the China Manned Space Agency, said.
- A group of strange flying objects has recently been caught on camera in the sky above Michigan, with blogger Scott C. Waring branding it a UFO sighting. The “reflective” objects in question were apparently spotted over Lansing, with the person who filmed them saying that they “appeared in a tight cluster” and were “moving approximately 2 – 3 miles in 5 seconds.”
- In a paper titled “Estimating the Prevalence of Malicious Extraterrestrial Civilizations”, which hasn’t been peer-reviewed, Alberto Caballero, a PhD student at the University of Vigo, Spain, said that he based the probability of an intelligent alien civilisation being malicious on the “probability of humanity posing that same threat to them once it becomes a Type-1 civilization capable of nearby interstellar travel”. He therefore determined the number of invasions committed by countries on Earth during the past several decades and applied that data to Italian SETI scientist Claudio Maccone’s estimation of the number of civilisations that may exist in the Milky Way – 15,785. “An extrapolation from all the invasions that occurred on Earth in the last century shows an estimated probability of 5.52E-8 percent that a messaged extraterrestrial civilization – or a faction of it – would have hostile intentions towards humanity, as well as a total of 0.22 malicious civilizations”, Caballero wrote in the conclusion of his work. He pointed out, however, that “the estimated probability of extraterrestrial invasion is two orders of magnitude lower than that of a planet-killer asteroid collision”.
- Metamemory – also known as “metacognition” or a “self-awareness” of memory – refers to any judgement that is made about a memory and has important implications for how people learn and use their recollections. New research has brought scientists another step closer to creating an artificial neural network with metamemory. Metamemory is the process by which a person has cognitive awareness of their own memory capabilities and uses this “metacognition” to adjust their behaviour. Using a computer-based evolution experiment, a team from the Graduate School of Informatics at Nagoya University in Japan’s Chikusa-ku, made use of the recent breakthroughs in designing artificial intelligence (AI) technology using neural networks that imitate human brain circuits. The findings of the study, ‘Creating artificial intelligence that behaves more like a human by ’knowing that it-=knows’,’ have been published in the online edition of the international scientific journal Scientific Reports.
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A 42,000-year-old Baby Horse found in the Siberian permafrost. It was in such good condition that scientists were able to extract its still liquid blood. (Michil Yakoklev/North-Eastern Federal University)
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1954: Capt James Howard describes a shapeshifting craft seen by his crew. It’s easier to say that secret nazis have anti-gravity and cloaking technology than to explain why they’ve been revealing it to US military, and publicly, for decades without incident. Where’s the threat? ~ Kabamur Taygeta
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