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Aug 28, 2022

The mother of all ‘zero-days’ — immortal flaws in semiconductor chips

Posted by in categories: business, computing, drones, government, law, military, satellites

The CHIPS Act of 2022 was signed into law on Aug. 9. It provides tens of billions of dollars in public support for revitalization of domestic semiconductor manufacturing, workforce training, and “leap ahead” wireless technology. Because we outsource most of our device fabrication — including the chips that go into the Navy’s submarines and ships, the Army’s jeeps and tanks, military drones and satellites — our industrial base has become weak and shallow. The first order of business for the CHIPS Act is to address a serious deficit in our domestic production capacity.

Notoriously absent from the language of the bill is any mention of chip security. Consequently, the U.S. is about to make the same mistake with microelectronics that we made with digital networks and software applications: Unless and until the government demands in-device security, our competitors will have an easy time of manipulating how chips function and behave. Nowhere is this more dangerous than our national security infrastructure.

Aug 26, 2022

Elon Musk subpoenas Jack Dorsey amid Twitter legal fight

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, Elon Musk, law

Lawyers representing Elon Musk in his battle with Twitter have former CEO Jack Dorsey. The filing is the latest development as Musk and Twitter prepare for the October trial over Musk’s attempt to bail on his $44 billion deal to buy the company.

It’s not yet clear how Dorsey factors in to Musk’s legal strategy. As noted by the y Twitter account, the subpoena refers to “documents and communications reflecting, referring to, or relating to the impact or effect of false or spam accounts on Twitter’s business operations.” It also references documents related to how Twitter uses mDAU or monetizable daily active users as a “key metric.” Interestingly, it “documents relating to incorporating mDAU into executive or director compensation.”

Dorsey isn’t the only former Twitter executive subpoenaed by Musk. Twitter’s product chief and former head of revenue Bruce Falck have also received subpoenas.

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Aug 24, 2022

Cloning & Duplication: Me, Myself, and I

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, law

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Aug 17, 2022

Will AI achieve consciousness?

Posted by in categories: law, robotics/AI

Our podcast on science and technology. This week, we explore whether artificial intelligence could become sentient—and the legal and ethical implications if it did | Podcasts.

Aug 16, 2022

The biosynthesis of the cannabinoids

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, law

Circa 2021 Basically this article details cannabinoids that have been successfully synthesized which can lead to even greater psychiatric medicine aswell as many of other types of uses.


Abstract Cannabis has been integral to Eurasian civilization for millennia, but a century of prohibition has limited investigation. With spreading legalization, science is pivoting to study the pharmacopeia of the cannabinoids, and a thorough understanding of their biosynthesis is required to engineer strains with specific cannabinoid profiles. This review surveys the biosynthesis and biochemistry of cannabinoids. The pathways and the enzymes’ mechanisms of action are discussed as is the non-enzymatic decarboxylation of the cannabinoic acids. There are still many gaps in our knowledge about the biosynthesis of the cannabinoids, especially for the minor components, and this review highlights the tools and approaches that will be applied to generate an improved understanding and consequent access to these potentially biomedically-relevant materials. Graphical abstract.

Aug 16, 2022

Has Russia legalised intellectual-property theft?

Posted by in categories: business, law

A new law seems to strip away the IP rights of Western firms | Business.

Aug 16, 2022

Elon Musk accused Twitter’s lawyers of trying to ‘cause trouble’

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, law

Musk’s texts to Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal and CFO Ned Segal were cited in the lawsuit filed Tuesday by the company.

Aug 14, 2022

The Problems with AI Go Beyond Sentience

Posted by in categories: law, robotics/AI

Musk’s lawyers have asked a judge to force the social media company to unmask employees who calculate bot numbers, Reuters and Bloomberg reported.

Aug 14, 2022

Elon Musk’s lawyers say Twitter is hiding the identities of key staff who calculate bot numbers, the main sticking point in the $44 billion deal, reports say

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, Elon Musk, finance, law, robotics/AI

The number of bots and spam accounts on the platform has been a sticking point for Musk throughout the deal. After months of back and forth, Musk’s issues with spam accounts eventually led him to publicly pull out of the $44 billion deal.

Last month, Musk accused Twitter of withholding information about the number of bots on the platform, later citing it as the reason for withdrawing his bid.

Musk’s lawyers claimed in a termination letter that his analysis indicated the percentage of false accounts on Twitter was “wildly higher than 5%” — the number Twitter disclosed in its financial reports.

Aug 14, 2022

The agony of Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen condemned to a lifeless career in marketing

Posted by in categories: law, robotics/AI

Sophia the robot was given the gift of legal personhood. Her reward? An eternity working in marketing.

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