Vocal deepfakes / ‘Climate-change blackouts’ / Profiles in caution

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‘Real recordings will be called fake and fake recordings will be leaked as purportedly real.’ After hearing an AI-simulated recording of Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs calling him a bozo, tech columnist John Gruber sounds a warning about vocal deepfakes.
Poynter’s Al Tompkins: Beware people using AI to generate imaginary Trump arrest photos.
An investigative journalist who used Midjourney to create such images—which he labeled accordingly on Twitter—nevertheless found himself locked out of Midjourney.
Ars Technica revisits the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s “influential technological testbed” of the ’70s, PLATO—which pioneered “bright graphics, a touchscreen, a speech synthesizer, messaging apps, games and educational software.”

Ducking, Dodging Dept. Columnist Eric Zorn reviews the latest Chicago mayoral debates: “The more I watch … the more I’m inclined to say ‘No, thank you’ … just imagining how slippery one of these dudes is going to be when elected.”
… but Gov. Pritzker, while remaining officially neutral in the race, smacked Vallas’ ties to “right-wing talk-show hosts.
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‘Climate-change blackouts.’ Insider warns Americans to brace for more power outages at the worst possible times.

‘A spring booster may be a good idea.’ Your Local Epidemiologist reviews the latest science on COVID-19 vaccines—especially for the immunocompromised and other high-risk groups, such as older Americans with comorbidities.
The Conversation: Infant formula shortages through the pandemic forced parents to feed their babies in less healthy ways.
Chicago Public Square three years ago today spotlighted a calculator to determine how long your toilet paper supply would last.

‘You have no surveillance video. You have no eyewitness accounts. You have no confession, obviously. What do you have?’ A lawyer for a Naperville high school student ticketed in a case of missing AirPods is flabbergasted that, three years later, the case is headed to a jury.
Illinois lawmakers are considering a bill to forbid schools from working with cops to issue students tickets for minor misbehavior (March 5 link).
 Another bill would give the state authority to deny grants to public and school libraries that ban books …
 … a practice that reached a nationwide record last year.

Profiles in caution. The Blackhawks won’t wear rainbow-colored jerseys Sunday—the team’s Pride Night game—citing concern for three players born or with family in Russia, where a homophobic law forbids Russians from promoting or praising LGBTQ relationships.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is moving to expand his “Don’t Say Gay” agenda, suppressing classroom discussion of sexual orientation and gender identities in all grades.
The Onion envisions Florida teachers explaining how they teach history without mentioning race: “It’s pretty easy if you just skip 70% of everything that’s ever happened in this country.”

Tax tips. The Tribune’s Robert Channick serves up a guide to filling out those 2022 income tax forms—due less than a month from today.

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