Internet Regulation, Privacy, Hacks, Tech


Pretty much like the cut of “Don’t be evil” rule of Google but more concrete where we are heading at.

I posted it in General News some time ago where the IDF uses AI to pick targets already. I guess OpenAI just wants a piece of that cake too.

By the way, the Chaos Communication Congress happened shortly before New Year (like every year) and brought high quality talks about this thread topic. It is not only all German but also includes English talks. You should be able to identify them by the English titles/summaries:


I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have absolutely zero interest in “AI” as the term is being used these days. I should be all over it. I have a degree in the subject and am largely considered an expert on the topic of computers, programming, language models, and the general field of computer intelligence. I just find that I am totally uninterested in today’s glorified chat-bots and the programs that generate “art” and the like.

I look forward to the day when AI is actually real but I just don’t feel like what we have today qualifies. It’s artificial, for sure, but it isn’t intelligent and it’s not creative.

I think there will be fields where current AI is proven to be the superior tool for the job. Unsure about it generating media, but more so at identifying patterns for low sensible/safety/security applications. Like opening the sliding doors of the gas station only for humans but not roaming bears. :grin:

If I understand the brain correctly it is not wildly different in principle to artificial neural networks. The main difference is the way the nodes work compared to biological neurons and that connections between nodes are preset while in a brain they can grow over time. I can very well imagine these walls to break down some day.

But the main downside I see there will remain. The are very efficient (once trained) but blackboxes to the outside and themselves. They can identify the patterns of the universe but cannot explain them.

Pattern matching (whether it’s detecting a person instead of a bear or detecting planetary transits in front of a far away star) is an absolutely perfect job for a computer.

Where computers fail (and where I actually believe they will always fail) is in actually being creative. Creating something completely new, rather than derived from existing material, is something that requires a brain. If we ever figure out how to make an actual artificial brain, then yes, AI all the way home.

We don’t need “AI” on our computer’s desktop. We don’t need it on our phones. I am very uncomfortable with how companies are forcing it into everything because it’s trendy.

On my side of things, I mostly hear of it for tools in material science, bioscience, engineering, and manufacturing. And even then it’s with the caveat of “we need to first know the limit and actual shape of the technology to then make specialized tools”.

It’s already known that it won’t be useful to directly find any new knowledge of the pattern themselves. It’s basically going to give outputs where people are going to go “uh, that’s more efficient. What a strange application of what we know. Good for us”.

At best, there will be a few “hey, I went through what we made, because some were quite exotic, and realised that we can affine the formulation of some of what we know, neat”.

I expect this to be the main consequence of machine learning, because there are a lot of money getting into it. Honestly, if you want a grant, just go and say “it’s for batteries / the electrical grid”.

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Dead Internet Theory is looking a lot like the Dead Internet Reality…


Today the European Court of Human Rights officially forbid breaking end-to-end encryption because that technology is protecting everyone.

Sorry I have only this hard to understand original source, surely something else pops up soon. Or did and I missed it. :upside_down_face:

The most imminent effect should be that the client-side scanning contained in the EU commision’s “Chat control” laws is clearly illegal now and has to be adjusted before continuing legislation.

Note that the European Court of Human Rights it not limited to the European Union, member states even today also include the United Kingdom. I would expect it enables to fight against the most recent Online Safety Bill there too.

Russia was a member state too until recently. The case that was ruled on here was against the Russian government originally and we can be glad them leaving did not stop the ruling.


@Urben you’ll probably like this being a rust enthusiast.

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Yeah I saw that as it was quickly shared on pretty much every Rust-related Discord. :joy: Maybe that speed up the market share a bit, I would not mind at all.

It is kinda ironic they push for that when every other leaked tool of the CIA/NSA to spy on people more or less make use of memory-unsafety.


Being the pioneers of new technology puts them in a strong position to find certain “instabilities”.


I remember sama talking about GPT-5, and the fact that they call this 4o makes it far scarier than it should.