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Innovation Intelligence Review #37

Below The Picture The Week’s Issues List

This week:

  • AI: Political Economy, The Meta-AI’s Transparent Model
  • Bitcoin And Bukele’s Bet In El Salvador
  • CBDC: Philippines
  • Password: Bye-Bye By FIDO Alliance
  • Privacy And Democracies: The Binomial Seems Not To Work
  • SOCMINT: Russian Disinformazia Weapons And VPN Increase; Cancel Culture Against Science
  • The Art Of Bullshit: Detecting At Work
  • Essay: Philippines’ Internet Vending Machines, The Threat Of Bio Contamination From Space
  • Funny: AI Start-Up Ideas Generator

AI (1) and the political economy of capitalism, as a GPT (General Purpose Technology) is now concentrated (in development, solutions and sources) in the hands of big-tech monopolists and possible alternatives of governance, social intelligence by Westminster School of Media and Communication

AI (2) and Meta which, along the lines of the problems mentioned above and surprising many (considering the history of the company), has developed a new large-scale linguistic model. It is completely free and transparent, for construction and training, for researchers who want to test it, social intelligence by Meta AI

Bitcoin and El Salvador, big problems on the horizon, as I mentioned a few weeks ago, there is a great chance that President Bukele’s Volcano project will be completely wrecked and, with it, the country as well. The project involved the issuance of a $ 1 billion government bond guaranteed by Bitcoin but the promulgation law has been postponed from March to September. The media say there are no potential underwriters while the country’s finance minister says it is potentially underwritten 1.5 times. Meanwhile, El Salvador has national bonds that yield 24% (10% the indicative threshold of insolvency), has suspended the dialogue with the IMF on the debt and by the end of the year must repay 800 million dollars. Bukele’s is a bet that if it is won it will be followed by several small countries that are already developing their own similar strategies: this is a fact that scares many international organizations (and the United States) because it would create an uncontrollable breach in the current system of systemic loans. Consequently, there are many chances that Bukele will fail not only due to a lack of underwriters, finance intelligence by Bloomberg and Financial Times

CBDC and Philippines, the Dunbar project is one of the largest with regard to the design of a cross-border interbank CBDC system: initiated by Singapore, it involves Australia, South Africa, Malaysia and BSI. The Philippines have decided to join it with a pilot by the end of the year, payments intelligence by Ledgers Insight

Password, soon passwords will no longer be necessary (finally) because three big-ones (Apple, Google and Microsoft) have agreed to quickly implement the FIDO Alliance process on access via smartphone (and therefore delegate the recognition of the user to the devices). The problem remains for those who do not have a smartphone (the majority of mobile phone owners in the world), so the passwords will not die, individual intelligence by FIDO Alliance

Privacy and democracies, I return to a topic mentioned a week or two ago, and that is how democracies spy on their citizens. I return because these days all Western propaganda does is to bomb the public with news about how the privacy of the evil empires (Russia and China) is being trampled, forgetting that it would be better to look at your home first. The question started with Spain, which for years has been spying on the Catalan intellighenzia at all levels, and is developing with analyzes of who, how and when it was spied. On the other hand, it is also useful to see by whom, in the world, the technical tools used in Spain are used, individual intelligence by The Citizen Lab and The New Yorker

Social Media Intelligence (1) and Russia, the Ukrainian conflict is the first in which SOCMINT is used in wartime: interesting and important to observe the different articulations. The mere fact that 99% of the analyzes that you read concern Russian disinformation is a kind of disinformation of Western origin: Western and Ukrainian agencies are not standing still and, I think, we will have to wait some time after the end of the war to have a vision complete. Meanwhile, the excellent works on false fatc-checking and on Telegram disinformation channels put in place by Russia, SOCMINT by @DFRLab

Social Media Intelligence (2) And Russia, on the other hand, the Russians find it difficult both to inform themselves objectively and to work because of the active (by the government) and passive (by the West) internet blocking that they have to suffer. Hence the exponential increase in the use of VPN services since the beginning of the war, SOCMINT by The Washington Post

Social Media Intelligence (3) and science, censorship is always a form of violence because it affects thought and its spread: if it imposed from above it is hateful but understandable, depending on the need of the regime that requires it to prevent ideas from causing damage to its perpetuation. If it comes from below, like ‘cancel culture’, it is aberrant, even more so if it is tolerated by institutions as it is now, because it allows ignorance to gain the upper hand. Allowing and supporting the cancel culture towards scientific publications is simply stupid: that’s what’s happening, SOCMINT by Nachrichten aus der Chemie

The art of bullshit, ‘On Bullshit’ is a 1986 essay by Harry Frankfurt, philosopher of Princerton University, turned into a book in 2005. It is a useful defining and formative reading for everyone, especially for the so-called intelligence analysts: at the link an equally useful identification process, with illustrations, for the bullshit at work (and more), individual intelligence by Quartz

Essay 🧐

The telecommunications cartel in the Philippines keeps the cost of broadband very high: therefore, for the poor classes, vending machines for the internet have taken hold (1 peso x 5‘), by Rest of World

In the (mediocre) 2017 film ‘Life’ (on Netflix), a Martian cellular organism is imagined that, mishandled in space, causes potential devastation on the earth. To prevent this in reality COSPAR (Committee on Space Research, which since 1958 has brought together about 3.000 scientists to discuss the perils of space exploration every two years) produced a document about protection from danger in 2020 and a recent article by the McGill University professor returns to the threat posed by the issue.

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