Twitter, Open AI, Bad Data, COVID, Middle East, Smartwatch Data

This week, we begin with a story on a data breach at Twitter exposing the personal information of its users. Next is a piece about a developer who released PaLM + RLHF, a text-generating model that behaves similarly to ChatGPT. Following this is an article on the importance of having clean data in the modern tech environment. The following story discusses how WHO demands China disclose more real-time Covid data. The next article discusses the Middle East’s digital transformation through the installation of smart meters for energy production. Lastly, there is an article about how Israeli researchers monitored Smartwatch data to show the safety of the Covid booster doses.

Data from 400 million Twitter accounts is at risk of being sold. Here’s what we know so far

In January 2022, Twitter received a report through its bug bounty program that an API vulnerability allows an attacker to feed data such as email addresses or phone numbers and get an associated Twitter ID for a registered account. By the time Twitter remediated the problem, it was too late as a threat actor had already leveraged the API vulnerability to input millions of email addresses and phone numbers.

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There’s now an open source alternative to ChatGPT, but good luck running it

The first open source equivalent of OpenAI’s ChatGPT has arrived, but good luck running it on your laptop — or at all. This week, Philip Wang, the developer responsible for reverse-engineering closed-sourced AI systems including Meta’s make-A-Video, released PaLM + RLHF, a text-generating model that behaves similarly to ChatGPT. 

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How Companies Can Keep Their Data Clean In 2023

Companies in 2022 are implementing data-driven strategies to keep up with their competitors in today’s ever-changing market. In 2020 alone, 77% of companies in the United States reported relying on data to make business decisions, according to Statista (paywall). Organizations that can analyze, govern and transform their data into insights can leverage these capabilities to attract and retain customers.

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Covid in China: Officials must share data on its impact, says WHO

Chinese officials must share more real-time information on Covid in the country as infections surge, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Many of the country’s strict restrictions have been lifted over the last few weeks, but cases have soared and several countries are now screening travellers from China.

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Why Data Is The New Oil For Middle East Energy Providers

Digitalization of the U.S. energy industry has revolutionized how utilities approach grid management and engage with consumers in an evolving landscape. With much of today’s digital innovation stemming from tech hubs like Silicon Valley in California, progressive U.S. utilities have been deploying techniques like artificial intelligence (AI)-powered analytics on consumer data. 

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Smartwatch data shows Covid booster vaccine is safe: Lancet study

Jerusalem, Dec 29 (PTI) The booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine is safe, according to a study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine that monitored heart measures through smartwatches. Researchers at Tel Aviv University equipped close to 5,000 Israelis with smartwatches and monitored their physiological parameters over two years.

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