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Neuralink could create 'exotic species' of dinosaurs, co-founder says

Daily Mail - Science & tech

US technology company Neuralink could create'novel exotic species' of dinosaurs in just 15 years, according to Max Hodak, one of its co-founders. Hodak is an American entrepreneur and technologist who co-founded the contentious neurotechnology firm with Elon Musk. The firm, known for putting a computer chip in the brain of a pig, could'probably build Jurassic Park' if it wanted to, Hodak said, in reference to the 1993 blockbuster film. Neuralink is currently working on technology that aims to allow people to hook their brains up to a computer and effectively become cyborgs. Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern and Sam Neill watch dinosaur eggs hatch in a scene from the film'Jurassic Park', 1993 Elon Musk's latest company Neuralink is working to link the human brain with a machine interface by creating micron-sized devices.


Neuralink has a monkey play Pong with its MIND - and it is appealing for HUMAN volunteers next

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Elon Musk's Neuralink has shown off its latest brain implant by making a monkey play Pong with its mind, and the firm hopes to test on human volunteers next. The brain computer interface was implanted in a nine year old macaque monkey called Pager, who was first taught to play video games with a joystick. The device in his brain recorded information about the neurons firing while he played the game, learning to predict the movements he would make. Once the Neuralink device was ready the joystick was removed and the monkey was able to go on to play the game Pong purely with his brain computer interface. Musk said on Twitter: 'Soon our monkey will be on twitch & discord,' referring to the popular services where gamers stream their play for people watching at home.


Facebook will not notify the half a billion users caught up in its huge data leak, it says

The Independent - Tech

Facebook will not notify the more than half a billion people caught up in a huge leak of personal information, it has said. Over the weekend, it emerged that a vast trove of data on more than 530 million users – containing information including their phone numbers and dates of birth – was being made freely available online. Facebook said that the data was gathered before 2019. It later said that " "malicious actors" had obtained the data prior to September 2019 by "scraping" profiles using a vulnerability in the platform's tool for synching contacts, and that the loophole that allowed them to do so had now been closed. But it said that it did not inform users when the leak happened, and does not have plans to do so now.


Scientists discover record-breaking 'failed stars' that are nearly tearing themselves apart

The Independent - Tech

Astronomers have found the fastest brown dwarf stars in the known universe, spinning at such a rapid rate that they risk ripping themselves asunder. A brown dwarf, otherwise known as a'failed star', are formed when stars cannot gather enough mass to trigger nuclear reactions, which would convert their cores from hydrogen into helium. "We seem to have come across a speed limit on the rotation of brown dwarfs," said Megan Tannock, the Western University physics and astronomy graduate student who led the discovery. "Despite extensive searches, by our own team and others, no brown dwarfs have been found to rotate any faster. In fact, faster spins may lead to a brown dwarf tearing itself apart."


OnlyFans leak: Company says 'group of people' illegally distributing premium adult content for free

The Independent - Tech

OnlyFans says that a "group of people" are downloading paid-for content from its site and illegally distributing it for free. The platform has become best known as an outlet for adult content, though it is also becoming increasingly broad in focus, hosting chefs, musicians and other influencers. Fans pay a subscription fee to get access to a feed of photos and videos from creators, who can monetise their work in a way that is not possible on more traditional social media sites. In recent days, report suggested that cybercriminals were assembling a Google Drive folder that was filled with content that had seemingly been stolen from the platform. The files had been shared on a "low-tier hacker forum by a threat actor known for collecting and exchanging sexually explicit material", according to Backchannel, the cyber security research firm that made the files public. It said that the files included "videos and pictures stolen from hundreds of OnlyFans users".