The Download: Language-preserving AI, and hackers showed it’s frighteningly easy to breach critical infrastructure

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New Vision of Artificial Intelligence for People

In the back room of an old building in New Zealand, one of the most advanced computer technologies for artificial intelligence is helping to redefine the future.

Te Hiku Media, a non-profit Mરીori radio station powered by Peter-Lucas Jones and Keo’s palaces, bought the machine to train its own algorithms for natural-language processing. It is now a central part of the couple’s dream to revive the Mરીori language by controlling their community data.

This project is a radical departure from the way the AI ​​industry usually works. Over the past decade, AI researchers have pushed the field to new heights with the principle of “more is more”, relentlessly mining for people’s faces, voices and behaviors and enriching the bottom lines. But projects like Te Hiku could point to a new generation of AI – one that not only treats marginalized people as data subjects but restores them as shared future co-creators. Read the full story.

– Karen Hao

This is the fourth and final part of our series on AI colonialism, the idea that Artificial Intelligence is building a new colonial world order. You can read previous articles in the series here.

These hackers showed how easy it is to target critical infrastructure

Expert Skills:Earlier this week, two Dutch researchers took 90,000 in reward for hacking software that helped run the world’s crucial infrastructure.

Brilliant simplicity: Dan Keuper and his colleague Thijs Alked practice well. After hacking cars in 2018, they started infiltrating video conferencing software and coronavirus applications last year. His latest challenge was the easiest yet. The targets were all industrial control systems that operate important facilities, including power grids, gas pipelines and more. It’s the same software that can be found in the real world.

Security vulnerabilities: The pair successfully bypassed the trust-application check for a communication protocol called OPC UA, which allows different parts of the critical-operation system to communicate with each other in industrial settings. “In industrial control systems, there are still very few hanging fruits,” says Kuper. “Security is badly behind.” Read the full story.

– Patrick Howell O’Neill

Spread the secrets of Silicon Valley, one tweet at a time

Shortly after midnight on May 4, 2018, Jane Manchun Wong tweeted her first “discovery.” “Twitter is working on an end-to-end encrypted secret DM!” She wrote.

That tweet was the first of many that Wong would send. By going to the public source code for companies like Twitter and Facebook, she is able to find out what features and projects are working secretly before announcing it.

The colorful young woman (and is) exposing Big Tech firm’s plans without any tools other than her own ability to reverse-engineer code was very radical અને and she changed the way tech companies work. Read the full story.

-Tanya Basu

Quote of the day

“We think we are fighting fascism, but there is no fascism. Not there. ”

– The driver of Moscow’s police headquarters, Sergei Klokov, criticized Russia’s activities in Ukraine during a phone call to a friend shortly before his arrest, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Must read

I used the internet to find out some of the most fun / important / scary / compelling stories about technology today.

1 We need to prepare for the war in Ukraine indefinitely

Eight weeks have passed since the invasion, with no sign of a conflict. (Foreign Affairs)
, Ukraine is concerned that Chinese-made drones are undermining its defenses(WSJ)
, Russia has banned Kamala Harris and other US officials from entering the country. (Reuters)
, Russian troops block a steel mill with 2,000 Ukrainian fighters inside(NYT)
, The World Bank is anticipating a catastrophic global food crisis. (BBC)
, Zelensky says Russia plans to “falsify” independence referendum in southern Ukraine(The Guardian)

2 Elon Musk says he has lined up ખરીદ 46.5 billion to buy Twitter
Which, of course, made the video an overnight sensation. (WSJ)
, He says he wants free speech on the platform, but is too thin-skinned for the criticism he has spent years trying to silence his critics. (Bloomberg 2)
, Musk also appears dead-set to go back in time when the tweet had low results. (New Yorker 2)

3 Zero-day hacks are the weapon of choice for rich cyber criminals
They are expensive, but very effective. (TR)
, Google is correcting more zero-day errors targeting Chrome(ZDNet)

4 Flying microbial jet fuel can help reduce carbon emissions
If (a big if) it may prove to work on a scale. (TR)
, Another way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? Case on the makers. (Economist)

5 The EU is ready to announce new legislation that would force Big Tech to polish illegal content
If it passes, it means they will no longer be allowed to mark their own homework. (FT)
, That could leave the largest companies vulnerable to billions of dollars in fines. (Bloomberg 2)
, As always, the biggest companies are less thrilled than likely. (Bloomberg 2)
, And marketers won’t be happy either. (Drum 2)

6 Regulation alone cannot deal with misinformation
Misinformation is dangerous, but defective methods of dealing with it can be dangerous. (Atlantic 2)
, YouTube is more likely to reinforce extreme views than to introduce you to them. (NYT)
, Obama says big technology has made democracy more sensitive(WP)

7 Sheryl Sandberg persuaded reporters not to write about her then-boyfriend
Partly because it would have damaged her reputation as a women’s champion. (WSJ)

8 Someone in the UK has been covid for over a year
Doctors say we need better treatment for people who are constantly fighting infections. (The Guardian)
, New global covid cases dropped nearly a quarter last week. (The Guardian)

9 Installing smart home tech in rental properties is a thorn in the side of privacy
On the one hand, it is convenient. On the other hand: it is a web-enabled surveillance network. (WSJ)
, Amazon believes that home tech metavors have a more secure condition than extensions. (FT)

10 What it feels like to receive an email from your past self
This is a great way to reflect on your accomplishments and future. (The Guardian)

We can still have good things

A place for relaxation, pleasure and distraction in these strange times. (Any ideas? Give me a line Or Tweet them to me,

+ If you’re lucky, you can catch a warthog piglet bathing in the mud on this livestream of a Namibian waterhole (thanks Michael!)
+ Forget it, I guess This Stephen King’s scariest work ever.
+ NASA’s Perseverance Rover observed a rare solar eclipse on Mars.
Today would be Glenn Campbell’s 86th birthday. Enjoy this presentation of the perpetual classic, Wichita Lineman.
+ I am sure that the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern was touched by this beautiful dance of two people dressed in Kiwi fruit welcoming her to Japan.
+ This collection of album covers makes me want to hear some Grace Jones right away.
+ Remember Honda’s ASIMO robot? He is retiring.

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