The Apocalypticon ~ AI no threat, FBI and Russia, GIF assault, tech Phishing scams, US Army laser, post-apocalyptic meds


AI no job threat — The president’s top economic advisor just said he had no worries about robots putting people out of work. “In terms of artificial intelligence taking over the jobs, I think we’re so far away from that that it’s not even on my radar screen,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told an audience in Washington. “I think it’s 50 or 100 more years.”
~ Did he also say “I are an idiot”? Good to see the President is surrounding himself which such stellar brains, right? 

The FBI has been investigating Trump’s Russian ties since July — Nine months since the earliest of those hacker intrusions into the Democrat National Committee came to light, the FBI has confirmed it’s been investigating possible connections between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. Since July 2016.
~ No rush, then. 

Tweeted GIF ‘assault with a deadly weapon’ — A Texas grand jury charged a Maryland man with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon” after authorities say he tweeted an animated flashing GIF designed to trigger Newsweek journalist Kurt Eichenwald’s epilepsy last year, “immediately” causing him to have a seizure.

 

Even tech nerds click on Phishing scams sometimes — The FBI suspects a phishing email is how the Russian hackers who were indicted this week got into Yahoo. Ditto for the breach of the Democratic National Committee, and the Sony Pictures hack. In fact, there’s currently a Gmail phishing scam going around that even super savvy techies are falling for.
You can increase your chances of avoiding phishing scams if you follow these three steps and, above all, remember that when it comes to your email you can’t really trust anything.

Only ending global warming will save the Great Barrier Reef — Research authored by 46 scientists and published in Nature raises serious questions about Australia’s long-term conservation plan for its famous reef, which invests heavily in lifting water quality but is silent on climate-change action.
“With rising temperatures due to global warming, it’s only a matter of time before we see more of these events. ”

US Army finally gets a laser — Lockheed is now preparing to ship a well-tested laser weapon system to the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command in Huntsville, Alabama. Lockheed’s powerful directed energy laser is now sufficiently light-weight, low volume and reliable enough to be deployed on tactical vehicles for defensive applications on land, at sea and in the air…
~ Makes us all feel safe, right? 

Post apocalyptic antimicrobial resistance — When the bacteria found on the walls of Lechuguilla were analyzed, many of the microbes were determined not only to have resistance to natural antibiotics like penicillin, but also to synthetic antibiotics that did not exist on earth until the second half of the twentieth century. As infectious disease specialist Brad Spellberg put it in the New England Journal of Medicine, “These results underscore a critical reality: antibiotic resistance already exists, widely disseminated in nature, to drugs we have not yet invented.”
~ So that’s good news, for a change. 

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