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4.6 magnitude earthquake jolted the Anchorage area

4.6 magnitude earthquake jolted the Anchorage area

In the early morning event, a 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Anchorage area, shaking residents. The epicenter was located near Eagle River, about 12 miles northeast of Anchorage.

The Alaska Seismological Center said the quake had a depth of 17.5 miles. Around 6:47 a.m., tremors were felt across a wide swath of south-central Alaska, encompassing regions such as the Kenai Peninsula and as far north as Talkeetna. Despite initial tremors, there were no immediate reports of any damage from the earthquake.

Forget machine learning. Google now wants to crack machine unlearning.

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Google has made an announcement regarding a competition centered around the concept of “machine unlearning,” which aims to eliminate sensitive data from AI systems in order to align them with global data regulation standards. This competition is open to participants from mid-July until mid-September.

Machine learning, a significant subset of artificial intelligence, offers solutions to intricate problems by generating fresh content, predicting outcomes, and addressing complex queries based on its training. Through the implementation of machine unlearning, Google intends to introduce a selective form of amnesia into its AI algorithms. This process will effectively erase all traces of specific data sets from the machine learning systems without compromising their performance.

Machine learning possesses vulnerabilities that can lead to breaches in data privacy. While indispensable in this digital era, machine learning projects encounter various challenges, including the misuse of data by cybercriminals to intimidate and extort users, data poisoning, denial of access to online activities, manipulation of face recognition systems, and the creation of deceptive digital media.

Google believes that training algorithms to forget previously acquired data will grant individuals greater control over sensitive information. This development would facilitate the company’s ability to cater to users who request their right to be forgotten.

Google’s response is partially driven by regulatory considerations, as data protection authorities possess the authority to compel companies to eradicate unlawfully obtained data. According to the guidelines set forth by Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), individuals can demand the deletion of their data from businesses if they harbor concerns regarding the information they have disclosed or provided.

Through machine unlearning, it becomes feasible for individuals to remove their data from an algorithm, thereby preventing any unauthorized parties from exploiting it. This approach simultaneously safeguards individuals from the perils associated with artificial intelligence.

Goodbye, Electron based WhatsApp desktop app.


The Meta-owned messaging platform has officially “deprecated” the Electron app for Windows, as WABetaInfo reported Tuesday.

Upon version expiration, users will be prompted to migrate to the new native app as a replacement for the outdated version, ensuring uninterrupted use of the messaging app on their desktops.

The motive behind this initiative is to provide a better, stable and feature-rich messaging experience on desktop devices. However, some users have expressed dissatisfaction with the rapid transition to the native app and the temporary absence of business tools.

After launching the Electron version on Windows, users are instructed to switch to the newly introduced native app to continue accessing WhatsApp on their desktop devices. In fact, the deprecation was no surprise, as WhatsApp notified users four weeks ago via a prominently displayed countdown on the app’s main screen.

After serving as a solution for using WhatsApp on desktop devices for many years, the application has officially entered the final phase of its life, providing users with an app based on the Electron framework.

As shown in the screenshot, users who open the Electron-based WhatsApp desktop application will face an expiration message. This message clearly informs them that the app is no longer supported and urges them to migrate to the new native app to continue using WhatsApp on their desktop computers.

Currently, the deprecation of the Electron app seems to be focused on WhatsApp Desktop for Windows alone, while the stability of the native client has been established since the previous year.

The Electron Framework allows developers to construct cross-platform desktop apps using web technologies, allowing them to create a single code base that operates seamlessly across many operating systems like as Windows and macOS.

These apps, however, may not be fully optimized because they are meant to function on several operating systems and may demand large resources.