Daily Archives: 2024-02-15

Scientists aghast at bizarre AI rat with huge genitals in peer-reviewed article

Source: Ars Technica

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An actual laboratory rat, who is intrigued.

Enlarge / An actual laboratory rat, who is intrigued. (credit: Getty | Photothek)

Appall and scorn ripped through scientists' social media networks Thursday as several egregiously bad AI-generated figures circulated from a peer-reviewed article recently published in a reputable journal. Those figures—which the authors acknowledge in the article's text were made by Midjourney—are all uninterpretable. They contain gibberish text and, most strikingly, one includes an image of a rat with grotesquely large and bizarre genitals, as well as a text label of "dck."

On Thursday, the publisher of the review article, Frontiers, posted an "expression of concern," noting that it is aware of concerns regarding the published piece. "An investigation is currently being conducted and this notice will be updated accordingly after the investigation concludes," the publisher wrote.

The article in question is titled "Cellular functions of spermatogonial stem cells in relation to JAK/STAT signaling pathway," which was authored by three researchers in China, including the corresponding author Dingjun Hao of Xi’an Honghui Hospital. It was published online Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology.

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European Court of Human Rights bans weakening of secure end-to-end encryption

Source: OSNews

Article note: That is _extremely_ good news, and should settle down some ongoing policy threats to foundational socially important technology.

The European Court of Human Rights yesterday banned a general weakening of secure end-to-end encryption. The judgement argues that encryption helps citizens and companies to protect themselves against hacking, theft of identity and personal data, fraud and the unauthorised disclosure of confidential information. Backdoors could also be exploited by criminal networks and would seriously jeopardise the security of all users’ electronic communications. There are other solutions for monitoring encrypted communications without generally weakening the protection of all users, the Court held. The judgement cites using vulnerabilities in the target’s software or sending an implant to targeted devices as examples.

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Excellent ruling, and it throws up another roadblock to weakening end-to-end encryption in the EU, after the European Parliament also took a stance against such weakening.

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Renesas Buys Altium

Source: Hacker News

Article note: That's a shakeup at the high end for PCB design. I'm sure it won't make a difference to all the Chinese players using old pirated copies, and they were already moving toward saas rentseeking, but maybe it'll shake things up in midsize 1st world companies a bit.
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