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Roko’s Basilisk … a scary thought experiment

 Reality update: Roko’s Basilisk: The most terrifying thought experiment of all time. … :

Believing in Roko’s Basilisk may simply be a “referendum on autism,” as a friend put it. But I do believe there’s a more serious issue at work here because Yudkowsky and other so-called transhumanists are attracting so much prestige and money for their projects, primarily from rich techies. I don’t think their projects (which only seem to involve publishing papers and hosting conferences) have much chance of creating either Roko’s Basilisk or Eliezer’s Big Friendly God. But the combination of messianic ambitions, being convinced of your own infallibility, and a lot of cash never works out well, regardless of ideology, and I don’t expect Yudkowsky and his cohorts to be an exception. I worry less about Roko’s Basilisk than about people who believe themselves to have transcended conventional morality. Like his projected Friendly AIs, Yudkowsky is a moral utilitarian: He believes that that the greatest good for the greatest number of people is always ethically justified, even if a few people have to die or suffer along the way.

Side channel attacks via CSS in FF and Chrome…

Side-channel attacking browsers through CSS3 features | Security Research – Evonide https://www.evonide.com/side-channel-attacking-browsers-through-css3-features/

With the staggering amount of features that were introduced through HTML5 and CSS3 the attack surface of browsers grew accordingly. Consequently, it is no surprise that interactions between such features can cause unexpected behavior impacting the security of their users. In this article, we describe such a practical attack and the research behind it.

AI researchers boycott Nature magazine, for goid reason it seems

The public already pays taxes that fund our research. Why should people have to pay again to read the results? Colleagues in less well-funded universities also benefit. Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, has as much access to the leading machine-learning research as Harvard or MIT. The ability to pay no longer determines the ability to play.

Why thousands of AI researchers are boycotting the new Nature journal | Science | The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2018/may/29/why-thousands-of-ai-researchers-are-boycotting-the-new-nature-journal

Africa, the role model in gender equality – at least in Rwanda.

Reality update: Brilliance overtakes beauty as Ms Geek Africa spotlights tech genius | Lauren Gambino | Global development | The Guardian … :

Rwanda now leads the world in female representation in parliament, due in part to a quota system that reserves seats for women. Gender rights are enshrined in the national constitution and laws were changed to give women the right to inherit land and obtain credit.

4 Billion Euro GDPR Case Filed Against Facebook et al

#DSGVO #:GDPR:  Max Schrems files first cases under GDPR against Facebook and Google … :

Three complaints worth €3.9 billion were filed in the early hours of Friday morning against Facebook and two subsidiaries, WhatsApp and Instagram via data regulators in Austria, Belgium and Hamburg. Another complaint worth €3.7 billion was filed with French data protection authority France CNIL in the case of Google’s Android operating system for smartphones.

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