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We’re thru the looking glass

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We’re thru the looking glass submitted by /u/killamcleods to r/TikTokCringe
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It May Soon Be Legal To Jailbreak AI To Expose How It Works

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from 404 Media: A group of researchers, academics, and hackers are trying to make it easier to break AI companies' terms of service to conduct "good faith research" that exposes biases, inaccuracies, and training data without fear of being sued. The U.S. government is currently considering an exemption to U.S. copyright law that would allow people to break technical protection measures and digital rights management (DRM) on AI systems to learn more about how they work, probe them for bias, discrimination, harmful and inaccurate outputs, and to learn more about the data they are trained on. The exemption would allow for "good faith" security and academic research and "red-teaming" of AI products even if the researcher had to circumvent systems designed to prevent that research. The proposed exemption has the support of the Department of Justice, which said "good faith research can help reveal unintended or undisclosed collection or exposure of sensitive personal data, or identify systems whose operations or outputs are unsafe, inaccurate, or ineffective for the uses for which they are intended or marketed by developers, or employed by end users. Such research can be especially significant when AI platforms are used for particularly important purposes, where unintended, inaccurate, or unpredictable AI output can result in serious harm to individuals." Much of what we know about how closed-sourced AI tools like ChatGPT, Midjourney, and others work are from researchers, journalists, and ordinary users purposefully trying to trick these systems into revealing something about the data they were trained on (which often includes copyrighted material indiscriminately and secretly scraped from the internet), its biases, and its weaknesses. Doing this type of research can often violate the terms of service users agree to when they sign up for a system. For example, OpenAI's terms of service state that users cannot "attempt to or assist anyone to reverse engineer, decompile or discover the source code or underlying components of our Services, including our models, algorithms, or systems (except to the extent this restriction is prohibited by applicable law)," and adds that users must not "circumvent any rate limits or restrictions or bypass any protective measures or safety mitigations we put on our Services." Shayne Longpre, an MIT researcher who is part of the team pushing for the exemption, told me that "there is a lot of apprehensiveness about these models and their design, their biases, being used for discrimination, and, broadly, their trustworthiness." "But the ecosystem of researchers looking into this isn't super healthy. There are people doing the work but a lot of people are getting their accounts suspended for doing good-faith research, or they are worried about potential legal ramifications of violating terms of service," he added. "These terms of service have chilling effects on research, and companies aren't very transparent about their process for enforcing terms of service." The exemption would be to Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a sweeping copyright law. Other 1201 exemptions, which must be applied for and renewed every three years as part of a process through the Library of Congress, allow for the hacking of tractors and electronic devices for the purpose of repair, have carveouts that protect security researchers who are trying to find bugs and vulnerabilities, and in certain cases protect people who are trying to archive or preserve specific types of content. Harley Geiger of the Hacking Policy Council said that an exemption is "crucial to identifying and fixing algorithmic flaws to prevent harm or disruption," and added that a "lack of clear legal protection under DMCA Section 1201 adversely affect such research."

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TIL a woman became addicted to bee stings. It started as an occasional sting to relieve pain from arthritis, but it "spiraled into a full-blown addiction" at 15 stings a day and about 50,000 times total since she started.

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TIL a woman became addicted to bee stings. It started as an occasional sting to relieve pain from arthritis, but it "spiraled into a full-blown addiction" at 15 stings a day and about 50,000 times total since she started. submitted by /u/tyrion2024 to r/todayilearned
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'Godmother of AI' Builds $1 Billion Startup In 4 Months

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Dr. Fei-Fei Li, the so-called "godmother of AI," is working on a startup focused on developing technology capable of human-like visual data processing and advanced reasoning. According to the Financial Times (paywalled), the startup is called World Labs and is already worth $1 billion. Quartz reports: "Curiosity urges us to create machines to see just as intelligently as we can, if not better," Li said during a Ted talk in April. "And if we want to advance AI beyond its current capabilities, we want more than AI that can see and talk. We want AI that can do." Andreessen Horowitz and the AI fund Radical Ventures are funders of World Labs. Li is renowned for her contributions to AI. She invented ImageNet, a dataset used for advancing computer vision that many see as a catalyst for the AI boom. She consults with policymakers as they work to set up guardrails for the technology, and was named one of 12 national AI research resource task force members by the U.S. White House in 2021.

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I'm Obsessed With This Storage Mirror, and It's on Sale for Prime Day

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I love my storage mirror, which I have talked about plenty before. I mean, I really love it. I bought it on a whim a few months ago, thinking it would help me organize my jewelry and look nice in my apartment, but it quickly became my favorite purchase.

The storage mirrors that are on sale

There are a few different deals on storage mirrors going on right now. Here is the one I recommend:

The exact one I got is this one, which is not on sale and is instead currently selling for $129.99. The one above, which has the Prime Day deal going on, is very similar, so if you want to save an extra $20, go for it. The only notable difference between the one on sale and the one I have is that inside the mirror, where there is storage space for all manner of jewelry and trinkets, mine has a second mirror and this one doesn't. No great loss for $20! Plus, the one on sale can stand upright or be hung from a door; mine could do neither of those things and, in fact, had to be screwed into the wall. You're saving money and manual labor with the one that's on sale.

Prime Day also has deals on other, slightly different storage mirrors, like these:

Why I love my storage mirror

When I started on my mission to overhaul and reorganize my apartment, I knew I was going to need creative storage solutions. I've been working hard to follow the rules of the Organizational Triangle, namely by keeping all similar items together and making sure they all have a designated storage space. Prior to getting the storage mirror—which opens to reveal specific slots for rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and more—all of my jewelry and hair care products were stored in different areas. Some were in the bathroom; others were on shelves in the living room near where I usually do my hair and makeup. The whole system was a mess.

In addition to classing the place up with its sleek look and adding a much-needed full-length mirror to my getting-ready space, this storage mirror enabled me to store all my accessories together. Now there's no external clutter, but everything is still easily within reach when I'm getting ready, so I can whip it open and see exactly what I have, always choosing just the right jewelry or hair clip to match the day's vibe. When I'm done, I just close it up and everything goes back to looking organized from the outside.

I also love the lights. Mine has three light modes on both mirrors ranging from cool, blue-toned light to warm, yellow-toned light, so I can switch between them while I do my makeup to make sure I will look normal whether I'm outside or inside all day. The lights dim, too, and every night, I turn down the outer light and use the whole thing as a kind-of nightlight, illuminating my living room just enough so I don't trip and cause some sort of bodily catastrophe if I have to get up in the middle of the night.

I love this thing and recommend it to everyone, but they're usually fairly expensive. Thanks to Prime Day, that's not a concern right now.

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My Favorite No-Frills Air Fryer Is on Sale for Prime Day

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Of all the advancements in kitchen gadgetry in the last decade, the air fryer has taken center stage. There are basket models, oven varieties, and double door designs, and they’ll all effortlessly crisp your favorite foods. With so many options to choose from, especially during Amazon Prime Day, picking a winner is tough. In this fierce competition for your counter space, I’d like to nominate the Instant Vortex Plus for Miss Congeniality. 

No, the Instant Vortex isn’t the biggest, baddest of them all. It doesn’t have dual-zone cooking or multiple fans. It’s no beauty queen (but it’s attractive), and it doesn’t come with 12 functions. However, what it does have matters more: It’s compact without being uselessly petite, its display is approachable and intuitive, and it is just plain good at its job.

I’ve been using the Instant Vortex for over a year in my apartment, and I’ve never been let down. The machine is reliable and consistent. I roast, bake, crisp, and dry foods in it with great success every time. My French fries are crispy as fuck. Peppers roast and blister in no time. I bake pies and cheesecakes in it for Thanksgiving.

This is the air fryer that is not interested in putting your other appliances out of business, it’s here to assist. It’s light enough for me to move around my Brooklyn kitchen with limited counter space, and it’s dead simple to control. Let’s not forget how easy it is to clean—with just a grate and basket, I can easily hand wash it without too much of a fuss. And it happens to be 54% off right now which is a steal, frankly, especially since it’s bound to be your new favorite tool. 

(If this is your first air fryer, brava to you, it’s a great one to start with. Try cooking some of my favorites, like these cheese-stuffed biscuit balls, crunchy mac & cheese bites, air fryer stuffed mushrooms, or these truly delightful bacon-wrapped banana bites. For more ideas, check out this list of damn delicious air fryer recipes.)

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