18Apr/23

The business and societal roles of Google and the wider search engine space set to evolve alongside generative AI tools

April 18, 2023 /Technology/ — Generative AI tools are set to revolutionize the search engine space. These tools can be used to generate text, translate languages, write different kinds of creative content, and answer your questions in an informative way. They are still under development, but they have the potential to change the way we interact with search engines.

One of the biggest ways that generative AI tools are set to change the search engine space is by making it easier to find information. Currently, search engines are limited by the amount of information that is available online. Generative AI tools, on the other hand, can be used to generate new information on demand. This means that users will be able to find information that is more relevant to their needs and interests.
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18Apr/23

Prompt Engineering, the art of crafting effective instructions for AI models

April 18, 2023 /Technology/– Prompt engineering is the art (not science) of crafting effective instructions for AI models. It is a relatively new field, but it is quickly becoming an essential skill for anyone who wants to work with AI models.

Prompt engineering is important because AI models are not always able to understand what we want them to do. They are trained on large datasets of text and code, but they do not have the same understanding of language as humans do. This means that we need to be very careful when we give them instructions.
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18Apr/23

Vechain Launches VORJ – The ‘Web3-as-a-Service’ Platform Eliminating Barriers to Blockchain Adoption

Vechain has officially launched VORJ, a no-code ‘Web3-as-a-Service’ platform designed to revolutionise the blockchain development experience. Launching free-to-use, VORJ offers a simple ‘click-configure-deploy’ interface that drastically expedites the building process for developers and businesses, with users able to deploy tokens, NFTs and smart contracts without fees, irrespective of technical expertise. Continue reading

18Apr/23

The National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) of Zambia allows partial pension withdrawals

April 18, 2023 /Finance/ — The law allows NAPSA beneficiaries to withdraw a portion of their pension savings before they reach retirement age. The amount that can be withdrawn is limited to 50% of the accumulated savings, and the withdrawal can be made in installments over a period of up to 10 years.

To qualify for partial pension withdrawal, beneficiaries must meet the following criteria: Continue reading

18Apr/23

The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) of Zambia on trade-based money laundering (TBML)

April 18, 2023 /Business/ — The Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) of Zambia has published a report on trade-based money laundering (TBML) in the country. The report found that TBML is a serious threat to the Zambian economy and that it is being used to finance a variety of criminal activities, including terrorism, corruption, and drug trafficking.

The report identified a number of factors that make Zambia vulnerable to TBML, including: Continue reading

18Apr/23

How has the Ukraine war has divided the world?

April 18, 2023 /World/ — The Ukraine war has divided the world in many ways. Some countries have condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and have imposed sanctions on Russia. Others have been more hesitant to take action, fearing that it could escalate the conflict.

The war has also divided the world on a ideological level. Some countries see the war as a battle between democracy and authoritarianism. Others see it as a proxy war between the United States and Russia. Continue reading

18Apr/23

The defamation lawsuit by Dominion against Fox and a timeline of key events leading up to the trial

April 18, 2023 /Business/ — Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox Corporation and its Fox News Channel on March 26, 2021, alleging that the network defamed the company by repeatedly making false and defamatory claims about its voting machines in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.

The lawsuit alleged that Fox News hosts and guests, including former President Donald Trump, made false and defamatory claims about Dominion’s voting machines, including that they were “rigged” and “susceptible to hacking.” The lawsuit also alleged that Fox News’s coverage of Dominion’s voting machines was “reckless and false” and that it caused Dominion to suffer “severe and irreparable harm.”
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18Apr/23

400,000+ Digital Books from 3,000 Publishers Now Available in Flexible Library Access Model

OverDrive announced today at the London Book Fair that more than 400,000 digital ebook and audiobook titles are now available in the “OverDrive Max” access model. Available in OverDrive Marketplace, the world’s largest catalog for school and library digital book sales, OverDrive Max was specifically designed to provide greater flexibility and value for library budgets to meet the increased demand for digital books. It is quickly becoming the fastest growing sales model for authors and publishers seeking to maximize their revenue from institutional buyers. Continue reading

18Apr/23

Debt dangers in Africa: how defaults hurt people, and why forgiveness isn’t the answer

Philippe Burger, University of the Free State

Public debt repayments in some African countries are at their highest levels since 1998. The Conversation Africa’s founding editor Caroline Southey talks to dean and economics professor Philippe Burger about the danger of debt problems some African countries face.

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18Apr/23

Casey review: how the Met police needs to accept that it is institutionally racist and deal with failures

Angus Nurse, Nottingham Trent University

Louise Casey’s review of the standards of behaviour and internal culture at the Metropolitan police makes for uncomfortable reading. It was commissioned following the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard by Wayne Couzens, who was a serving Met officer at the time.

Casey highlights the prevalence of sexism and homophobia. Crucially, in considering police culture she draws different conclusions on the existence of institutional racism than the position taken in 2021 by Boris Johnson’s government on race.

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