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Scotland Produced Enough Wind Energy To Power All Its Homes Twice Over

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Wind turbines in Scotland generated 9,831,320 megawatt hours between January and June 2019, WWF Scotland said Monday. The numbers, which were supplied by WeatherEnergy, mean that Scottish wind generated enough electricity to power the equivalent of 4.47 million homes for six months. That is almost double the number of homes in Scotland, ... Read More »

Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency Could Be Misused By Terrorists, Says Treasury Chief Mnuchin

In a press conference Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Facebook’s proposed digital currency, Libra, “could be misused by money launderers and terrorist financiers” and that it was a “national security issue.” CNBC reports: “Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin have been exploited to support billions of dollars of illicit activity like cyber crime, tax evasion, extortion, ransomware, illicit drugs and human ... Read More »

Amazon Warehouse Workers Around the World Are Striking For Prime Day

Amazon workers around the world are going on strike today to bring attention to the working conditions they endure. “Some are arguing that buying from Amazon during Prime Day is akin to crossing a picket line,” reports Quartz. From the report: As the two-day bacchanal of discounted Amazon offerings begins, workers at its fulfillment centers around the U.S. continue to ... Read More »

To Break Google’s Monopoly On Search, Make Its Index Public

Robert Epstein, an American psychologist, professor, author and journalist critical of Google, argues that Google’s monopoly on search can be broken by making its index public. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from the report via Bloomberg: Different tech companies pose different kinds of threats. I’m focused here on Google, which I’ve been studying for more than six years through ... Read More »

AI Has a Compute Dependency Problem, Facebook VP Says

In one of his first public speaking appearances since joining Facebook to lead its AI initiatives, VP Jerome Pesenti expressed concern about the growing amount of compute power needed to create powerful AI systems. From a report: “I can tell you this is keeping me up at night,” Pesenti said. “The peak compute companies like Facebook and Google can afford ... Read More »