Brazil Arrests Man Suspected of Laundering Nearly US$2.66 Billion

We are less able to cook than we were 30 or 40 years ago

New Study Finds Microplastics in 88% of protein food samples tested. The samples were drawn from 16 different protein types* destined for U.S. consumers, including seafood, pork, beef, chicken, tofu, and three different plant-based meat alternatives […] suggesting that humans are likely eating microplastics no matter the source of protein they choose.

OpenAI says it’s “impossible” to create useful AI models without copyrighted material Related: Generative AI Has a Visual Plagiarism Problem

Holy shit! I finally figured it out! It took me a long time! When OpenAI filed as a “nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and/or educational purposes” with an interest in “public benefit” what they meant was that they would ask for (& lobby for) the donations of all intellectual property from all humans, everywhere. Brilliant!

asml’s market value has quadrupled in the past five years , to €260bn ($285bn), making it Europe’s most valuable technology firm [asml is a manufacturer of chipmaking tools] […] At the end of 2023 asml’s operating margin exceeded 34%, staggering for a hardware business and more than that of Apple […] asml holds a monopoly on a key link in the world’s most critical supply chain: without its kit it is next to impossible to make cutting-edge computer processors, such as those that go into smartphones and data centres where artificial intelligence (ai) is trained. With global semiconductor sales forecast to double to $1.3trn by 2032, every big country and every big chipmaker wants asml’s gear.