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No Copilot, Hail FauxPilot!

It’s like GitHub Copilot but doesn’t phone home to Microsoft

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This is the twenty-eighth edition of CrunchX and here are the stories and resources we thought were worth spending the time.

1. FauxPilot: It’s like GitHub Copilot but doesn’t phone home to Microsoft

I’m not a fan of GitHub’s Copilot feature, for exactly the reasons outlined in this Register article (it phones home with telemetry — which could be a great security risk), and so it seems neither are a lot of people. Brendan Dolan-Gavitt from NYU has developed an alternative without phoning home or relying upon OpenAI Codex. For me, I’ll be keeping both proprietary and open source code away from GitHub… I guess that means everything then! Written by Thomas Claburn on The Register and editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. Read the article here:

https://www.theregister.com/2022/08/06/fauxpilot_github_copilot/

2. Researchers Reveal Astonishingly Simple Trick to Unmask a Deepfaker

A simple trick to spot deepfakes? Well, if they’re live deepfakes anyway and not the pre-recorded kind. This short read from Futurism’s The Byte gives you this ‘one simple trick’… nice one indeed. Written by Victor Tangermann on The Byte, Futurism and editorial selection by Dr. Stuart Woolley. Read the article here:

https://futurism.com/the-byte/researchers-simple-trick-unmask-deepfaker

3. IBM’s asshole test

John points to an interesting practice at IBM. It’s a group test but focused on who gets the worst person award. The point of the test is to avoid this award. Read the post and the related HN comments for more of these tests. Written and published on Johnpublic and editorial selection by Miloš Živković. Read the article here:

https://johnpublic.mataroa.blog/blog/the-asshole-test/

4. 25+ Impressive Big Data Statistics for 2022

In today’s world, data has become crucial for everyone, since it paves the way for important decision-making, whether it be economical or social. Therefore, it is interesting to see what Big Data Statistics are occurring in 2022. This article features 25+ specific statistics that are concerned with Big Data. Written by Christo Petrov on Tech Jury and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://techjury.net/blog/big-data-statistics/#gref

5. AI is protecting Firefighters! It’s becoming the First Line of Defense

Researchers have created an AI algorithm that is supposed to help detect flashover fires before they even erupt so that firefighters can already start saving lives in advance without risking their own. Written by Market Trends on Analytics Insight and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://www.analyticsinsight.net/ai-is-protecting-firefighters-its-becoming-the-first-line-of-defense/

6. A Brief History of MLOPs

MLOPs is a concept specifically designed for solving the challenge of data deployment since companies are processing more and more data and encounter difficulties in this regard. This article dives deeper into what MLOPs specifically are and how it is used. Written by Elizabeth Wallace on ODSC and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://opendatascience.com/a-brief-history-of-mlops/

7. Recession could drive further Demand for Digitalization, says Druva CEO Jaspreet Singh

Cloud data protection provider Druva has stated that a possible slowdown in economics could lead to another wave of digitalization. Therefore, the demand for cloud-based services could also increase. This article dives deeper into this topic by naming what industries are now having a higher demand. Written by Priyanka Sangani on ET Tech and editorial selection by Christianlauer. Read the article here:

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/technology/recession-could-drive-further-demand-for-digitalisation-says-druva-ceo-jaspreet-singh/articleshow/93573404.cms

8. Ethereum’s ‘Merge’ Is a Big Deal for Crypto — and the Planet

Ethereum is different from Bitcoin in that, while the latter is mostly about payments, the former allows for the creation of blockchain-based applications and so-called smart contracts, which are self-enforcing subroutines powered by ether tokens. Following the Merge, not much will change in terms of the apps that can be built on Ethereum. But the Merge will open the door to another process, called “sharding,” which will segment the network into many parallel chains. Written by Gian M. Volpicelli on The Wired and editorial selection by Aniket. Read the article here:

https://www.wired.com/story/ethereum-merge-big-deal-crypto-environment/

9. Hackers may have exploited security flaws — Apple

Hackers saw a potential bug in IOS and tried to hack the users' mobile which could have caused disasters for apple. The cyber-security world is rightly concerned about the potential power hackers could wield if they target a device that is vulnerable to this attack. So it’s sensible to check the settings on your Apple gear and install the patch. Even better — turn on automatic updates. Written by Tom Gerken on BBC News and editorial selection by Aniket. Read the article here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-62602909

10. Crypto Can’t Fix Carbon Offsets — But Crypto Fans are Trying Anyway

A carbon credit represents a metric ton of carbon dioxide that’s been captured or that has otherwise avoided being leaked into the atmosphere. Carbon credits have been used for a long time by companies and individuals interested in offsetting their emissions. Written by Justine Calma on The Verge and editorial selection by Aniket. Read the article here:

https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/18/23310254/carbon-offset-credits-crypto-tokens-adam-neumann-wework

Closing Note

These are our picks for this week. Hope you found something new, inspiring, astonishing, and knowledgeable news going around the tech space. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this edition of CrunchX. Look out for the next edition the following week.

Regards,

CodeX Team

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