September 10, 2019

News ⚡ — Tuesday, September 10

‘Vishing’ uses deepfaked voice to steal $243,000. Patreon may start providing loans to creators. LifeCredit game simulates social credit systems.

1. 🤖 Fraudsters deepfake CEO’s voice to trick manager into transferring $243,000
In a sign that audio deepfakes are becoming eerily accurate, criminals sought the help of commercially available voice-generating AI software to impersonate the boss of a German parent company that owns a UK-based energy firm.

2. 💷 Patreon may start providing loans to creators
Patreon CEO Jack Conte said Patreon is considering ways to provide capital funding and other financial services to artists, as well as services like health insurance and HR support.

3. 🎮 Dystopian game LifeCredit simulates a future ruled by privatized social credit systems
Multidisciplinary designer Diana Ganea’s latest project LifeCredit asks questions about the authoritarian potential of data-driven economic systems.

4. 🎧 New Yorkers are losing so many AirPods on subway tracks that MTA is considering a PSA
MTA is considering initiating a public service announcement urging commuters to refrain from taking AirPods on or off while entering or exiting trains.

5. 💨 Pulling CO2 out of the air and using it could be a trillion-dollar business
There are many forms of negative emissions, but most likely the only way to remove enough CO2 will be to pull it directly out of the air and bury it underground in saline aquifers, a process known as carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). With CCS, CO2 is treated as a waste product that has to be disposed of properly, just as we treat sewage and so many other pollution hazards.

6. 🚽 Is this toilet the future of wastewater management?
Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are all essential for plant growth—they’re known as the “Big 3” primary nutrients in fertilizer—but when they enter the environment in excess, they can cause a lot of damage. The Big 3 have another thing in common: they’re all found in our urine.

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