ReHacked #51: around the Africa with Herodotus, when the 1984 will come, the hidden Paris' subway and more

Life as depicted in George Orwell’s 1984 “could come to pass in 2024” if lawmakers don’t protect the public against artificial intelligence, Microsoft’s president has warned.

ReHacked #51: around the Africa with Herodotus, when the 1984 will come, the hidden Paris' subway and more
Map of the first circumnavigation of Africa. ca. 600 BCE. Jona Lendering. CC0 1.0 Universal

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Immediate skin-to-skin contact with unstable newborns improves chances of survival #health

In newborns with a very low birth weight, continuous skin-to-skin contact immediately after delivery, even before the baby has been stabilized, can lower mortality by 25%. This is according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine that was organized by the WHO on the initiative of researchers at Karolinska Institutet focusing on low- and middle-income nations.

One of the most effective approaches to avoid newborn mortality is to keep the newborn and mother in constant skin-to-skin contact, often known as “kangaroo mother care” (KMC). The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends that skin-to-skin contact begin as soon as a low-weight infant is stable enough, which usually takes several days for babies weighing less than 2 kg at birth.

Protasevich Street? Bucharest mulls changing address of Belarusian embassy #politics

The street in the Romanian capital Bucharest where the Belarusian embassy is located could be renamed in honour of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich as a gesture of solidarity after his dramatic arrest, a district mayor has said.

The idea was put forward by a Bucharest University professor after a Belarusian warplane intercepted Protasevich's Ryanair flight on Sunday between Greece and Lithuania and forced it to land in Minsk where he and his girlfriend were arrested.

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Microsoft president: Orwell’s 1984 could happen in 2024 #privacy

Life as depicted in George Orwell’s 1984 “could come to pass in 2024” if lawmakers don’t protect the public against artificial intelligence, Microsoft’s president has warned.

Speaking to BBC's Panorama, Brad Smith said it will be "difficult to catch up” with the rapidly advancing technology.

The programme explores China’s increasing use of AI to monitor its citizens.

Critics fear the state's dominance in the area could threaten democracy.

Uber recognises union for first time in landmark deal #economy

Ride-hailing giant Uber has agreed to recognise a trade union for the first time, in a landmark deal that should benefit gig economy workers.

The GMB union will have the power to represent UK drivers in discussions over earnings, pensions, benefits and their health and wellbeing.

Mick Rix, national officer at GMB, said it could be "the first step to a fairer working life for millions of people".

Uber said the move showed its commitment to its 70,000 UK drivers.

"While Uber and GMB may not seem like obvious allies, we've always agreed that drivers must come first, and today we have struck this important deal to improve workers' protections," said Jamie Heywood, regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe.

Herodotus on the First Circumnavigation of Africa #history

The Greek researcher and storyteller Herodotus of Halicarnassus (fifth century BCE) was the world's first historian. In The Histories, he describes the expansion of the Achaemenid empire under its kings Cyrus the Great, Cambyses and Darius I the Great, culminating in king Xerxes' expedition in 480 BCE against the Greeks, which met with disaster in the naval engagement at Salamis and the battles at Plataea and Mycale. Herodotus' remarkable book also contains excellent ethnographic descriptions of the peoples that the Persians have conquered, fairy tales, gossip, legends, and a very humanitarian morale.

Soviet Brutalist Architecture Photographed by Frederic Chaubin #history #culture

Sandwell Bitcoin mine found stealing electricity #blockchain

A suspected Bitcoin "mining" operation illegally stealing electricity has been found by police who were searching for a cannabis farm.

Officers had been tipped off about the site on the Great Bridge Industrial Estate, Sandwell, and raided it on 18 May, West Midlands Police said.

Instead of cannabis plants they found a bank of about 100 computer units.

Mars Helicopter Lands Safely After Serious In-Flight Anomaly #space

Ingenuity’s sixth flight on Mars took place this week, and we’ve just heard details from JPL on an “in-flight anomaly.” The little robotic helicopter did manage to land safely, more or less where it was aiming for, but the software glitch that it encountered sounds terrifying, with “roll and pitch excursions of more than 20 degrees, large control inputs, and spikes in power consumption.” Fortunately, JPL knows exactly what went wrong.

US Soldiers Expose Nuclear Weapons Secrets Via Flashcard Apps #security

For US soldiers tasked with the custody of nuclear weapons in Europe, the stakes are high. Security protocols are lengthy, detailed and need to be known by heart. To simplify this process, some service members have been using publicly visible flashcard learning apps — inadvertently revealing a multitude of sensitive security protocols about US nuclear weapons and the bases at which they are stored.

While the presence of US nuclear weapons in Europe has long been detailed by various leaked documents, photos and statements by retired officials, their specific locations are officially still a secret with governments neither confirming nor denying their presence.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics Audio Collection #science #learning

7 Ghost Stations of Paris Metro and How to Get Into Illegaly #culture #city

The Paris subway is one of the oldest in the world and unique in its kind. French subwaybuilders, along with English, were the first pioneers, therefore in the intricate system of road development it is possible to see a lot of unusual design and engineering solutions. For more than a century of history, was built a couple of hundred kilometers of tunnels and about 300 stations in a Paris. Some of the stations, eventually, weren’t in demand and were subsequently closed for passengers. Every day the trains go without stopping past these phantom stations, and their only visitors are street artists and Urbex- photographers. You can get to the abandoned stations during the intervals between the trains or during the night bypass, by blending into the workers. So we did with the comrades. For convenience, I divided all the stations into sections.

The Future Of Work Will Be Five-Hour Days, A Four-Day Workweek And Flexible Staggered Schedules #job #society

The last year shattered the myth of people needing to trek into the office every single day. It's high time that we confront other work taboos as well. The post-pandemic future of work should include four or five-hour workdays, four-day workweeks and staggered schedules where people come and go based on their lifestyle needs. This would serve as other options to remote and hybrid models.

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