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Infosec Decoded Season 3 #37: Old Biden

With @kaitlynguru@infosec.exchange and @sambowne@infosec.exchange

May 9, 2023

Kaitlyn Handelman

AI cameras are being set up on highways to catch drivers who throw trash out of their car windows

Microsoft could cram more ads into Windows 11 – this time in the Settings app

Why we must break our children's addiction to phones

Sam Bowne

Biden defends son, Hunter Biden, in first interview since announcing his reelection bid
“First of all, my son has done nothing wrong.”

George Stephanopoulos' Unfiltered Reaction To New Trump-Biden Poll Says It All
The new poll showed that Biden would lose to Trump, 49% to 42%. What’s more, 18% of the majority of American voters who believe Trump should be held criminally accountable for attempting to overturn the 2020 election said they would vote for Trump anyway.

Opinion Biden no longer does press conferences. That’s not acceptable.
So far in 2023, Mr. Biden has done zero solo news conferences. The president and his team promised transparency. Instead, he is stonewalling the media.

Companies Are Offering Insanely High Salaries For ChatGPT Experts
Select individuals with expertise in AI chatbots, especially those using next-gen tech like ChatGPT, can earn a lucrative six-figure salary as “prompt engineers.” These professionals train others on using AI chatbots more effectively and earn up to $335,000 per year.

How prompt injection attacks hijack today's top-end AI – and it's tough to fix
Prompt injection involves finding the right combination of words in a query that will make the large language model override its prior instructions and go do something else. It's really, really difficult to fix. The whole point of these models is you give them a sequence of words, but there is no mechanism to say 'some of these words are more important than others'.

Google is very worried that Open Source LLMs will wipe the floor with both Google’s and OpenAI’s efforts. Low-Rank adaptation (LoRa) massively cuts down the effort and resources required to train a model. Google and in extension OpenAI do not have a ‘secret sauce’ that makes their approaches better than anything the wider community can come up with. The dire prediction is thus that in the end the proprietary LLMs by Google, OpenAI and others will cease to be relevant, as the open source community will have steamrolled them into fine, digital dust.

DEF CON to set thousands of hackers loose on LLMs
The AI Village will host "the largest red teaming exercise ever for any group of AI models," tasked with finding flaws in LLMs that power today's chat bots and generative AI.

Recycling plastics might be making things worse
By most accounts, plastic recycling efforts have been a resounding failure. Prior research has shown that only 9% of plastic worldwide is recycled—in the U.S., it is only 5%. For plastic to be recycled, it must first be cleaned. That releases microplastics into sewage systems or directly into the environment at most recycling plants.