“Patriarchs of Nonproliferation”, Mapping the Universe, Writing Text Prompts, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 28, 2023


National Security Archive: The “Patriarchs of Nonproliferation”. “A few days after President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would suspend its observation of START, the only U.S.-Russia arms control agreement still in effect, a new series of oral history interviews with veteran Russian arms control negotiators and nuclear experts provides valuable insights into decades of U.S.-Russian nonproliferation efforts and emphasizes the importance of strategic dialogue between nuclear powers.”


Phys .org: Over one billion galaxies blaze bright in colossal map of the sky. “By creating comprehensive maps of even the dimmest and most-distant galaxies, astronomers are better able to study the structure of the universe and unravel the mysterious properties of dark matter and dark energy. The largest such map to date has just grown even larger, with the tenth data release from the DOE’s Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) Legacy Imaging Survey.”

Decrypt: Don’t Call It ‘Crypto’: How Some Blockchain and NFT Projects are Rebranding. “Crypto—and all its associated jargon—are now toxic words. Where once simply adding the word ‘blockchain’ to your name increased your company’s valuation, now crypto, Web3, NFT and the rest of the buzzwords that conjured up images of a brave new world are, to paraphrase Charlie Munger, rat poison.”


The Conversation: How to perfect your prompt writing for ChatGPT, Midjourney and other AI generators. “…prompt engineering is essential for unlocking generative AI’s capabilities. And luckily it isn’t a technical skill. It’s mostly about trial and error, and keeping a few things in mind.”


BBC: England’s archaeological history gathers dust as museums fill up. “Troves of ancient artefacts unearthed during building and infrastructure works are gathering dust in warehouses as England’s museums run out of space, the BBC has learned.”


TechCrunch: SEC says Elon Musk still needs lawyer to approve his tweets. “The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says Tesla CEO Elon Musk still needs to get pre-approval from lawyers before tweeting Tesla-related information. The SEC penned its renewed stance this week in a letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York, arguing that an earlier settlement agreement between the agency and Musk is fully constitutional and valid.”

Bleeping Computer: Brave browser to block “open in app” prompts, pool-party attacks. “The next major version of the privacy-focused Brave browser will start blocking annoyances like ‘open in app’ prompts and will feature better protections against pool-party attacks.”

Search Engine Journal: All In One SEO WordPress Plugin Vulnerability Affects Up To 3+ Million. “All In One SEO (AIOSEO) plugin, which has over three million active installations, is vulnerable to two Cross-site scripting (XSS) attacks. The vulnerabilities affect all versions of AIOSEO up to and including version 4.2.9.”


OpenCage Blog: Don’t believe ChatGPT – we do NOT offer a “phone lookup” service. “TL;DR ChatGPT claims we offer an API to turn a mobile phone number into the location of the phone. We do not.”

Washington Post: The right’s new culture-war target: ‘Woke AI’. “The new skirmishes over what’s known as generative AI illustrate how tech companies have become political lightning rods — despite their attempts to evade controversy. Even company efforts to steer the AI away from political topics can still appear inherently biased across the political spectrum.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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