NIST Publishes Roadmap for AI Development

NIST has just released a publication with guidance for AI, to help innovation through general regulations. U.S. LEADERSHIP IN AI: A Plan for Federal Engagement in Developing Technical Standards and Related Tools. Prepared in response to Executive Order 13859 Source: http://www.flyingpenguin.com

August 14, 2019
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The Assassination of Epstein

There’s a lot of chatter about Epstein conspiracy theorists, which I may run risk of getting bundled into given my recent post about his peculiar counterfeit passport. However, I’d like to keep my post as factual as possible, as I attempted to do in the passport analysis. Thus here are some references to keep things grounded when looking into the very high likelihood Epstein was assassinated. One Epstein was held…

August 14, 2019
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President Reagan’s Racist Speeches and Recordings

It’s been interesting to read growing confirmations that Reagan was obviously a racist and intentionally harmed Americans who did not have white skin. One of the best recollections I’ve seen so far is how Reagan’s racism in his campaigns elevated his popularity, while his opponents actually suffered when they pointed it out. Josh Levin writes about Carter being chastised for pointing out “hate” speech, and also how Reagan escaped any…

August 3, 2019
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2019 BSidesLV: “AI”s Wide Open

My presentation on AI security will be in both the “I Am The Cavalry” and the “Public Ground” tracks at the 2019 BSidesLV conference: When: Tuesday, August 6 (14:30:14:55 and 16:00-17:55)Where: Tuscany, Las VegasCost: Free (as always!)Event Link: https://www.bsideslv.org/schedule-2/Abstract: Bladerunner was supposed to be science fiction. And yet here we are today with bots running loose beyond their intended expiration and with companies trying to hire security people to terminate…

July 25, 2019
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Uncle Nearest: The Slave Who Taught Jack Daniel

A while ago I explained in “Lost History of Knob Creek” how American history of whiskey production is tied to slavery. In particular, Jack Daniel took his recipe from emancipated slaves even though he used his own name for the brand. Now the man who taught Jack Daniel, Uncle Nearest, is getting his own brand. Proceeds from the sale of this new whiskey are going to fund college education of…

July 15, 2019
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Americans Feel Guilty About Eating Pork, Not Beef

A new study that positioned “animals are friends” to Americans had an interesting outcome. Pork became unpalatable by the subjects, while beef was still seen as edible. …we show that the negative effect of anthropomorphism on consumers’ attitudes and behavioral intentions toward (pork) meat consumption is mediated by increased feelings of anticipatory guilt (Studies 3a and 3c). Nevertheless, no such effect was found with another kind of meat (beef), which…

July 11, 2019
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The SF Women Who Fought Slavery in Chinatown

California Historical Society event announcement for tomorrow, Weds evening: Siler tells the story of both the abolitionists who challenged the corrosive anti-Chinese prejudices of the time and the young women who dared to flee their fate. She relates how the women who ran the Cameron House defied contemporary convention by physically rescuing children from the brothels where they worked or by snatching them off ships as they were being smuggled…

June 11, 2019
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D-Day 75th Anniversary

Poetry read by Stephen Colbert, from his family archive of letters: And the USAF National Museum augmented reality exhibit “Freedom From Above” commemorating the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions: Source: http://www.flyingpenguin.com

June 7, 2019
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Computer “Glitch” Blamed for Election Miscount

Interesting case of computer voting systems going terribly wrong: Initial results of that referendum on May 21 showed 512 supporting the tax and 498 opposing it — a victory of just 14 points. Officials said, however, that a problem associated with new voting machines necessitated a recount by the county, which began May 31. The final results released Tuesday morning showed support for the ballot question improved considerably, with 724…

June 6, 2019
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