Happy Tuesday and Happy February.

Hopefully you're all doing well out there and that the year has started off on a good note.

As has become almost customary the past few months, a lot of the stories we've gathered from the web to share with you have to do with AI. There's just no denying it, AI is going to continue to dominate our headlines this year in unprecedented and bizarro ways. In this issue, which has not been written using ChatGPT, we're going to dive into the following headline stories:

  • 🧠 Davos "Battle for Your Brain" presentation shows a dystopian near future
  • 🤖 AI was used to imitate human evolution and got better results than reality
  • 🦹 Job boards on the dark web offering competitive pay, PTO, and more

Let's get into it!

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📰 From the Newsroom



⛓️ Ten Must See Links of the Month

  • Precision Neuroscience has developed the Layer 7 Cortical Interface, a type of revolutionary brain implant. Its name is a reference to the brain’s six biological layers, with the device becoming the seventh - hence "layer 7". It will allow paralyzed people to manage digital equipment using nothing more than the power of their thoughts.
  • Scientists have discovered a plant toxin whose unique method of dispatching bacteria could be used to create a powerful new range of antibiotics.
  • Translated, a Rome-based translation company, has been tracking AI’s ability to translate speech at the accuracy of a human. From 2014 to 2022, after analyzing over 2 billion post-edits, Translated’s AI has gradually closed the gap with human-level translation quality. Does this mean we're on the verge of reaching "singularity"?
  • DARPA, the U.S. Pentagon's R&D wing, recently announced the next steps of a program to create an aircraft designed to fly entirely on control surfaces that lack the moving parts that airplanes typically use to maneuver. If successful, it would redefine flight technology.
  • China’s search engine behemoth, Baidu, is aiming to launch its own ChatGPT-style application native to Baidu’s Google-esque search engine. March is the anticipated release month.
  • Global crime gangs are using UK shell companies in lucrative “pig butchering” crypto scams. The term “pig butchering” comes from the Chinese sha zhu pan and refers to the process of slowly fattening a pig for slaughter.
  • In newly reported research, scientists demonstrated that a single administration of the BPIFB4 gene, which shows up frequently in centenarians, halted the decay of heart function in middle-aged mice. Even more remarkably, when given to elderly mice, the gene reversed the heart’s biological clock age by the human equivalent of more than ten years.
  • In order to build moderation tools into its AI systems, OpenAI apparently paid people in Kenya less than $2 USD per hour to look at the most disturbing content imaginable - material reportedly so disturbing that OpenAI's outside moderation contractor, Sama, is scheduled to end its contract with OpenAI eight months earlier than scheduled.
  • WordPress aficionados have been gradually shifting away from third party page builders and embracing the native WordPress (Gutenberg) Block Editor to build their sites. In a nod to the direction WordPress development is heading, the community itself has been developing more block-based themes - here are 10 of the best ones.
  • Knowing the full range of CSS selector types available when writing modern CSS today is crucial to using CSS to the fullest. In this complete guide to CSS selector types, you'll find a selector toolset that you can comfortably use in all your production sites, along with some useful code snippets.
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🎤 It’s How They Said It

"Oooooh nooooo, people used my thingy for things I don’t like. I need money now!!!!." - One of the many upset ElevenLabs users on Twitter voicing displeasure at the company's decision to roll out a paywall in response to its free tier being misused.

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🧮 The numbers game

  • 350.5 million is how many registered domain names there are on the internet. The number of domain names has grown by 13.2 million or 3.9% since last year.
  • $1,000 USD is how much a man spent in cloud computing credits to build himself a virtual "wife" using a combination of ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion 2. He eventually "euthanized" his virtual companion because he said that his real-life girlfriend made him do it.
  • Less than 1 second is how long it would take a hacker to crack the 3 most commonly used passwords on the internet, based on research done across 30 countries. And the most commonly used password in 2022 was..."password"...with "123456" coming in a distant second place.
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⚒️ Tools and Resources

All Things AI is a neatly organized resource page that lists every AI powered tool available on the web. You can browse tools by all sorts of categories, ranging from the more well-known chatbots and image generators, to more niche ones used for things like biology and presentations.

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Outro

Alright, that wraps up another bizarro issue filled with stories and fun facts. If you have any interesting links to share, please send them my way. All you need to do is reply to this email, and they'll land in my inbox. Maybe they'll even wind up in next month's issue!

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Have a great month,
- Martin

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