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New breakfast cereals from AI

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New breakfast cereals from AI

The thing about working with a giant language model like GPT-3 is it has read parts of the internet that it never occurred to me might exist. Like press releases from breakfast cereal companies, articles about press releases from breakfast cereal companies, blogs by breakfast cereal enthusiasts, and probably every bit of copy from every grocery store's online cereal section.

My own brush with the cereal world came when someone tagged me in a tweet about four new cereals being released in late 2021. Apparently, the cereal makers have continued to innovate on many fronts, including ever-more-decadent combinations ("CinnaGraham Toast Crunch", anyone?).

I took the four cereals (the other three: Strawberry Banana Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs Cluster Crunch, and Kashi Maple Waffle), found short descriptions of them, and gave them to GPT-3 as a list it could build on. I tried this experiment with DaVinci, the largest GPT-3 model, and Ada, the smallest.

DaVinci definitely understood the assignment.

New breakfast cereals from AI

Ada, on the other hand, didn't understand that the examples were cereal, or didn't understand how cereal works, and/or didn't understand how humans talk about foods. Its ...cereals were a bit questionable.

New breakfast cereals from AI

Many of Ada's cereals sounded like a really bad idea.

Original Cool Ranch Cheese and Dried Cranberry Oatmeal - all the wholesome, cheesy oatmeal with a choice of mild, sweet or salty!
Ingredis Fiberwaste Cream Cheese Cheerios  - kids grab a box and put them in their mouths, making fun flavors taste even better !!! !!! !!! !!!
The Brain Squirrels oatmeal box is the best oatmeal I've found that really tastes like the sourdoughty oatmeal best!

And are these even cereals?

Happy Day Candy and Treats - fun and sweet small puffs of real candy and treat that kids and adults can consume with their regular meal.
Paper dinner punches - Breakaway mini punch bowls filled with homemade cigars and foil dollar cups outdid those ear bonnets included
Two Finger Bobops - Unlike regular bobs and bastons that grow on their own, BBQ bobs, smitchers and hot bobs grow on trees.

Bonus content for AI Weirdness supporters: more of Ada's "cereals"!

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New Wallace & Gromit on Netflix! New Wallace & Gromit on Netflix!

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Unless you’re in the UK, in which case you need a TV

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FedEx Wants Anti-Missile Lasers On Its Cargo Planes

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In the early 1980s, President Ronald Reagan proposed defending the United States from a potential Soviet nuclear missile strike with space-based weaponry. Critics derided the idea as being Star Wars. Last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration released a document that proposed special conditions allowing delivery…

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The Volkswagen ID.4 Is Baja Bug For The Modern Day

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The world of crossovers is chock full of vehicles that look like they could go off-road but fall short when the going gets tough. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised when I took a pair of Volkswagen ID.4s for a punishing drive out in the desert in California and found out they could hold their own.

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Backdoor for Windows, macOS, and Linux went undetected until now

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Backdoor for Windows, macOS, and Linux went undetected until now

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Researchers have uncovered a never-before-seen backdoor written from scratch for systems running Windows, macOS, or Linux that remained undetected by virtually all malware scanning engines.

Researchers from security firm Intezer said they discovered SysJoker—the name they gave the backdoor—on the Linux-based Webserver of a “leading educational institution.” As the researchers dug in, they found SysJoker versions for both Windows and macOS as well. They suspect the cross-platform malware was unleashed in the second half of last year.

The discovery is significant for several reasons. First, fully cross-platform malware is something of a rarity, with most malicious software being written for a specific operating system. The backdoor was also written from scratch and made use of four separate command-and-control servers, an indication that the people who developed and used it were part of an advanced threat actor that invested significant resources. It’s also unusual for previously unseen Linux malware to be found in a real-world attack.

Analyses of the Windows version (by Intezer) and the version for Macs (by researcher Patrick Wardle) found that SysJoker provides advanced backdoor capabilities. Executable files for both the Windows and macOS versions had the suffix .ts. Intezer said that may be an indication the file masqueraded as a type script app spread after being sneaked into the npm JavaScript repository. Intezer went on to say that SysJoker masquerades as a system update.

Wardle, meanwhile, said the .ts extension may indicate the file masqueraded as video transport stream content. He also found that the macOS file was digitally signed, though with an ad-hoc signature.

SysJoker is written in C++, and as of Tuesday, the Linux and macOS versions were fully undetected on the VirusTotal malware search engine. The backdoor generates its control-server domain by decoding a string retrieved from a text file hosted on Google Drive. During the time the researchers were analyzing it, the server changed three times, indicating the attacker was active and monitoring for infected machines.

Based on organizations targeted and the malware’s behavior, Intezer's assessment is that SysJoker is after specific targets, most likely with the goal of “​​espionage together with lateral movement which might also lead to a ransomware attack as one of the next stages.”

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One Tesla Model S Has Gone Nearly 1 Million Miles And Needed Some Major Repairs

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A Tesla owner in Germany may just have the record for highest-mileage Model S in the world. He recently rolled over 1.5 million kilometers (932,256 freedom miles if you live in the U.S.) in his Model S P85.

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