A formerly SECRET report uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives shows that in the earliest days of the Cold War, the CIA took an interest in Soviet superstitions. The report, classified for 60 years, details familiar fears such as black cats with more involved customs, such as road bucket etiquette.
Just a few! This is a guide to socially self inflicted neurosis.
It is not good to meet a funeral procession. Same is true of meeting a priest.
Source: The CIA had a SECRET report on Soviet superstitions • MuckRock
DARPA, the US Defense Department’s research arm, will spend $2 billion over the next five years on military AI projects.
Source: The Pentagon is putting billions toward military AI research – MIT Technology Review
The Kremlin’s influence operations use a variety of tactics as part of a larger effort to weaponize online media.
Source: I Wrote About Russian Election Interference. Then I Was Trolled Online. – Lawfare
Facial recognition is everywhere — airports, police stations, and built into the largest cloud platforms in the world — with few federal rules to govern how it’s used. That’s been true for years, but a string of embarrassing stories in recent months has driven home exactly how dangerous the technology can be in the wrong hands, and it’s led to new calls for regulation. Even Microsoft, one of the largest providers, has called on Congress to place some kind of restriction on how and where the technology can be used.
Source: How should we regulate facial recognition? – The Verge
Artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. It will further concentrate the power among a small elite if we don’t take steps to stop it.
Source: Why Technology Favors Tyranny
But research shows online polarization isn’t as clear-cut as people think.
Source: Technologists are trying to fix the “filter bubble” problem that tech helped create
Maps of Twitter activity show how political polarization manifests online and why divides are so hard to bridge.
Source: This is what filter bubbles actually look like
Next time someone criticizes me for eating food after Best By or Expires On date … I will be like STFU!
If there’s one thing that unites the human race, it’s the strange desire to consume things we definitely shouldn’t.
Shortly after a group of archeologists announced that they’d found the world’s oldest cheese buried in an Egyptian tomb, the internet decided that it wanted a taste of the ancient snack.
Source: The people have spoken and they want to eat the diseased tomb cheese
When you engage in recreational gambling, you are not simply playing against the odds, but also battling an enemy trained in the art of deceit and subterfuge.
Slot machines are designed to deceive. Here’s how.
Source: How gambling distorts reality and hooks your brain