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Why The AI Explosion Has Huge Implications For the Metaverse

Time | 27 Jan 2023

A version of this article was published in TIME’s newsletter Into the Metaverse. Subscribe for a weekly guide to the future of the Internet. You can find past issues of the newsletter here. Think of your dream house. Maybe it has high, arching ceilings, a roaring fireplace and expansive windows that look out onto a placid lake. Or maybe...

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Opinion: Former CIA analyst offers insights on secrets and secrecy

The Mercury News | 27 Jan 2023

The criminal culpability of Donald Trump and the sloppiness of the staffs of both Joe Biden and Mike Pence have combined to create a crisis over the handling of classified materials. The former involved Trump’s intentionally keeping large amounts of classified material at Mar-a-Lago; the latter led to small amounts of intelligence at Biden’s former...

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Gmail Creator Predicts How ChatGPT May Disrupt Google In 2023

CoinGape | 27 Jan 2023

ChatGPT News: Experts are concerned about the capabilities of the ChatGPT artificial intelligence (AI) tool. Indeed, Paul Buccheit, the creator of Gmail, claimed on Twitter that the program could bring down Google in “a year or two.” According to a tweet from OpenAI employee Sam Altman, the tool was introduced in November 2022 and...

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India expects 'more' clashes with China troops in Himalayas

The New Arab | 27 Jan 2023

A security assessment by Indian police in the Himalayan region of Ladakh says there could be more clashes between Indian and Chinese troops along their contested frontier there as Beijing ramps up military infrastructure in the region. At least 24 soldiers were killed when the armies of the Asian giants clashed in Ladakh, in the western Himalayas,...

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Challenge: What is the future of anti-aging skincare?

Technology Org | 27 Jan 2023

Originating as a concept in Egypt over 5000 years ago, a skincare regimen has long been a valued part of many people’s lives. With beginnings in different types of natural...

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Russian foreign minister calls BRICS 'embodiment of global multipolarity'

Anadolu Agency | 27 Jan 2023

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday called a group of five leading emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – also known as BRICS, an "embodiment of global multipolarity." Speaking at a news conference in Eritrea's capital Massawa, Lavrov said NATO started making its claims on the Asia Pacific,...

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It Is 90 Seconds to Midnight

Scheerpost | 27 Jan 2023

Photo Credit: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists By John Mecklin / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists The war in Ukraine may enter a second horrifying year, with both sides convinced they can win. Ukraine’s sovereignty and broader European security arrangements that have largely held since the end of World War II are at stake. Also, Russia’s war on...

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UK dismisses economic 'gloom', eyes Brexit boost

Yahoo Daily News | 27 Jan 2023

Britain's finance minister will dismiss "gloom" over the country's recession-threatened economy and vow to tap into Brexit opportunities to bolster growth in a key speech on Friday. Jeremy Hunt will lay out his growth plan in London's City finance district, following recent criticism from the business community, and insist that the nation is not in...

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Mexico finds 57 adolescent migrants crammed into a truck near the U.S. border

The Los Angeles Times | 27 Jan 2023

MEXICO CITYMexican immigration authorities said they found 57 Guatemalan adolescents packed into a trailer on a highway near the U.S. border Thursday. The National Immigration Institute said the 43 boys and 14 girls were crammed into the truck’s trailer, along with eight men and a woman and her daughter. All of the adolescents were...

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Does the Metaverse Need Burritos? Chipotle Went on Roblox to Find Out

New York Observer | 27 Jan 2023

Chipotle created a restaurant in Roblox. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. Making a Chipotle burrito in the metaverse isn’t so different from making a real one. Players on the fast-food chain’s Roblox game use their computer mouses to drag and drop ingredients from the virtual counter to an open-faced burrito. White rice, black beans, garlic...

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WHO introduces a global patient file

Free West Media | 27 Jan 2023

The WHO has introduced a global patient file with the vaccinated and unvaccinated to be codified in future. Officially, Corona is hardly an issue anymore, and in most countries most “hygiene measures” are now no longer in force. For the elite of the World Economic Forum (WEF) who had gathered in Davos, however, the Great Reset is far...

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U.N. refugee chief: Russia violating principles of child protection in Ukraine

FX Empire | 27 Jan 2023

By Max Hunder KYIV (Reuters) – Russia is violating the “fundamental principles of child protection” in wartime by giving Ukrainian children Russian passports and putting them up for adoption, the U.N.’s refugee agency (UNHCR) chief told Reuters in an interview. Speaking at the UNHCR offices in Kyiv following a six-day tour of the country, Filippo...

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Mexico’s Indigenous rappers find rare spotlight – on Wakanda soundtrack

The Guardian | 27 Jan 2023

A new generation of Mexico’s Indigenous musicians like Pat Boy are using rap to combat prejudice, revive ancient languages and reignite pride The journey from a quiet Mexican village to being billed on the soundtrack of an Oscar-nominated film has been an epic one for Indigenous rapper Pat Boy. Born...

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Archeologists discover 4,300-year-old Egyptian mummy, dozens of relics

New York Post | 27 Jan 2023

Archeologists in Egypt discovered a 4,300 year-old mummy — possibly the oldest one ever found in the country — during an extraordinary dig near Cairo, officials announced Thursday. The mummy called “Hekashepes” was located at the bottom of a 49-foot shaft near the Step Pyramid at Saqqara, where the team was working to uncover a cemetery of fifth...

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Spain’s economy grew 5.5% in 2022 after faster-than-expected last quarter

FX Empire | 27 Jan 2023

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s gross domestic product grew 5.5% in 2022 after a faster-than-expected 0.2% quarterly growth in the fourth quarter, preliminary data from the National Statistics Institute showed on Friday. The economy in the fourth quarter expanded 2.7% compared with the same period a year earlier, INE said. Spain’s economy recorded a...

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Crypto Stabilises at Cosy Height

FX Empire | 27 Jan 2023

Bitcoin Volatility and Stability: Market Analysis and Predictions Bitcoin is currently trading at around $23.0K. Spikes to $23.7K and down to $22.5K leave their mark on the chart but do not move the market’s balance point. Interestingly, this oscillation occurs with a rising equity market in the background and a moderately weaker dollar, although...

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New nanocapsules deliver therapy brain-wide, edit Alzheimer’s gene in mice

Technology Org | 27 Jan 2023

Gene therapies can potentially like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, but they face a common barrier — the blood-brain barrier. Now, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed a way to move therapies across the brain’s protective membrane to deliver brain-wide therapy with various biological medications and treatments. Researchers...

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Israel and Gaza fighters trade fire after deadly West Bank raid

Irish Independent | 27 Jan 2023

Gaza militants have fired rockets and Israel carried out air strikes as tensions soared following an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank that killed nine Palestinians, including at least seven militants and a 61-year-old woman. It was the deadliest single raid in the territory in more than two decades.The flare-up in violence poses an early test...

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Iranian threat now at Europe’s doorstep, Herzog tells NATO chief

The Jerusalem Post | 27 Jan 2023

BRUSSELS – President Isaac Herzog met Thursday afternoon with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, at the organization’s headquarters in Brussels. The meeting with Stoltenberg concluded Herzog’s two-day visit to the Belgian capital. After meeting Stoltenberg, Herzog was received at the North Atlantic Council, which is the...

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The names and places that define America’s week of ‘tragedy upon tragedy’

CNN | 27 Jan 2023

Tyre Nichols. Monterey Park. Half Moon Bay. Three new entries in America’s roster of tragedy burst from obscurity to their haunting moment in the media spotlight and exemplified societal undercurrents of violence, injustice and grief. A week that began with the nation reeling from more mass shootings ends with it bracing for the release of video...