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According to a report, dangerous counterfeit parts can be found in nuclear power facilities in the United States.

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The discoveries come as countries consider nuclear energy as a possible replacement for fossil fuels.

According to an examination by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s inspector general’s office, at least some nuclear power reactors in the United States include counterfeit parts that could pose serious dangers. According to the analysis released on February 9th, the sections “raise nuclear safety and security risks that could have significant implications.”

While safety and radioactive waste have long been a source of concern for the nuclear power industry, the latest findings coincide with a growing interest in nuclear energy as a carbon-free energy source that can help countries achieve their climate goals.

Unnamed sources claimed that “most, if not all,” nuclear plants in the United States have phony or faulty parts, prompting the probe. As part of its examination, the inspector general’s office discovered concerns with counterfeit parts at a few separate plants. The DOE separately highlighted 100 “incidents” involving counterfeit parts just last year, according to the study. If the US continues with plans to include nuclear power in its transition to renewable energy, it will have to address this issue. The paper cautions that without increased NRC inspection, the possibility of counterfeit parts being undetected in the country’s nuclear power reactors will increase.

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Just last year, there were 100 “incidents” involving counterfeit parts.

Parts that were illegally altered to seem like real products, parts that were “deliberately misrepresented to deceive,” and parts that didn’t satisfy product specifications were all investigated as part of the inspector general’s investigation. It took samples from four power facilities around the country and discovered indications of counterfeit parts at one in the Midwest. It also mentions two nuclear power facilities in the Northeast, not included in the sample, where a “well-placed NRC principal” discovered counterfeit components in two separate component failures.

The NRC principal’s first failure was a water pump shaft utilized for emergency service that snapped soon after installation. Temperature monitors in “safety-related locations” that are intended to identify steam line breaks failed “at a much greater rate” at a different plant in the Northeast. Some of the instruments had been repaired with defective parts prior to the failure.

The paper warns that the NRC may be underestimating the frequency of counterfeit components since the regulatory agency lacks a robust method for tracking problematic items. Plants are only required to notify counterfeits in exceptional instances, such as when they result in a reactor’s emergency shutdown. The report also points out that the NRC hasn’t thoroughly investigated all complaints of counterfeiting. As of September 2021, there were 55 nuclear power stations in operation in the United States, but the inspector general’s office only tested four for its study.

“Nothing in the research implies an immediate safety risk,” NRC Public Affairs Officer Scott Burnell told The Verge in an email. The report is being thoroughly reviewed by the NRC’s Executive Director for Operations, who will direct the agency’s program offices to take appropriate action. “

In recent years, other organizations, such as the Electric Power Research Institute and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), have discovered fake valves, bearings, circuit breakers, pipe fittings, and structural steel in nuclear power plants in the United States and overseas. According to a 2019 IAEA report, they’re becoming more of an issue in the nuclear power sector and other businesses around the world.

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As governments make new commitments to tackle climate change, the argument over whether to increase or decrease nuclear energy is heating up. The EU has presented a contentious proposal to designate nuclear energy as a long-term investment, causing division among EU states. While Germany prepares to shut down all of its remaining nuclear reactors this year due to safety concerns, France said yesterday that it would build 14 additional reactors. France already relies on nuclear energy for more electricity than any other country in the world.

The US Department of Energy announced today that it is seeking public opinion on a new $6 billion program to keep aging nuclear reactors operational. The program is funded by a bipartisan infrastructure bill that also contributes to the Biden administration’s goal of attaining a 100 percent clean energy grid by 2035.

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Clubhouse removed personal information from Afghan users’ accounts as a security measure

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The platform aims to protect users’ privacy and security.

Clubhouse, a social audio app, has joined other social networks in protecting the privacy and security of Afghan users. The platform reset the bios and photos of tens to thousands of Afghan users earlier this week and made it more difficult for search engines to find their accounts. Clubhouse spokesperson said that the actions did not affect users’ followers and that all changes can be reversed if desired.

Clubhouse reminds its Afghan customers that pseudonyms are allowed for safety and human rights reasons. According to the spokesperson, Clubhouse consulted experts in violent extremism and free expression to develop its approach.

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As the Taliban have regained control of the country, many people in Afghanistan have tried to delete photos from their social media accounts and phones that could show a connection to the West or the former Afghan government.

Despite bans on several social platforms, the Taliban was able to push their messaging on social media. The Washington Post said that they have become sophisticated at social media tactics to change their image.

On Thursday, Facebook said it had added security measures for users in Afghanistan, including hiding “friends” lists and adding a tool to lock down accounts quickly.

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It’s not a good idea to overthink it. Elon Musk’s Tesla Bot jokes

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A distraction and an empty promise

After a lengthy presentation on the unquestionably remarkable work, Tesla is doing in AI, Elon Musk, the company’s Technoking, brought out a spandex-clad dancer to cap the evening. Behold, said Musk: my Tesla Bot.

He said that the dancer in the suit was the model for the new humanoid robot Tesla will be producing shortly. The applause and dubstep had subsided, and the briefing slides that promised that the Tesla Bot would stand at five feet eight inches (1.7m), be 125 pounds (56kg), and have “human-level hands” and be able to eliminate “dangerous and repetitive, boring tasks” were discarded.

A ROBOT IS A TESLA WITHOUT WHEELS. SAYS MUSK

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Musk stated that Musk’s goal to build a human-replacement robotics system — something that no other company is even close to being able, was a natural step in Tesla’s efforts to develop self-driving cars. Musk said that cars are semi-sentient robots with wheels. It makes sense to add that to a humanoid body. We are also very skilled at actuators, batteries, and sensors, so we expect to have a prototype next year that looks something like this.

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It was an extraordinary and brilliant piece of tomfoolery, even by Musk’s standards. A multipurpose sideshow that entertained Tesla skeptics and fed the fans while also creating headlines. The latter is particularly important in a week when most Tesla news has focused on a federal investigation into the company’s Autopilot software to crash into parked emergency vehicles. Musk says that all this is irrelevant. Just look at the man in the spandex suit. It’ll be an actual robot next year, I promise.

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Are you willing to believe him? Do you think he is a fool? Although I can’t answer your question, I will give you the facts. Last night, Elon Musk took to the stage to promise that Tesla, a company with driver assistance software that cannot avoid parked ambulances reliably, would soon create a fully functioning humanoid robotic machine. Musk stated that the device would follow human instructions and respond correctly to commands such as “please go to the store and get me these groceries.” This was just minutes after he had shown a spandex-clad dancer demonstrating the Tesla Bot. You have to admire Musk’s chutzpah.

To help Musk understand his claims, it is important to remember that Boston Dynamics, which made Atlas, the most advanced bipedal robotic robot globally, has never called its machines anything other than R&D. It’s far from commercial deployment. In recent machine videos, the company showed how difficult building a bipedal robot is and how often Atlas trips and falls. Boston Dynamics has been working with Atlas and its bipedal predecessors for more than a decade. __S.50__

“[CALLING IT] HORSESHIT SOUNDS GENEROUS AND FRANKLY.”

Carl Berry, a UK University of Central Lancashire lecturer in robotics engineering, told me that “Calling it horse shit sounds generously honest.” Berry said that robotics and AI should not be used in manufacturing research.

He said that while he didn’t deny Tesla’s research into this topic was a bad thing, “but they and Boston Dynamics leave the public with unrealistic expectations about what robotics can do or will do for many years.”

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I don’t doubt Musk can make something that looks like the Tesla Bot in 2022. It wouldn’t be hard to make a decent automaton — something on the level of Disney’s more advanced theme park models, for example. He can send it into space once he has it walking out on stage, just for the headlines. It will just be another distraction if he does. While robotics significantly impacts manufacturing, there is no reason to assume that robots don’t need to look like humans to do so.

Musk often uses this bait-and-switch method. Think about the changes Musk made to his Hyperloop plans over time. The technology was announced as a railgun-like train system that would move people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than half an hour. Over the years, these ambitions have shrunk until the project morphed into The Loop: a small tunnel that you can drive a car through if you want. Also known as A tunnel.

The Tesla Bot reminded me of Sophia, the automated chatbot who has appeared on magazine covers and chat shows. Sophia relies on misdirection to fool audiences and is a frequent target of AI experts’ scorn. It also has a job. As one of the robot’s creators, Ben Goertzel, told me in 2017, Sophia works by priming our imagination, encouraging us to fool ourselves into thinking the future is nearer than the evidence suggests. The robot generates news coverage and funding for its creators.

Goertzel stated, “If I tell people that I use probabilistic logic to reason on how to prune the backward-chaining inference trees in our logic engine,” They will feel more comfortable believing that AGI is possible if I show them a smiling robot face.

This is Musk’s goal, whether he is aiming to instill that feeling in investors or others. The Sophia strategy has a twist. Musk doesn’t need a simulacrum robot to sell his dream. He only needs a spandex-clad dancer. That’s innovation.

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OnlyFans has a new policy that bans sexually explicit Content

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Masturbation and sex, actual or simulated, are not allowed.

On Thursday, the video and image sharing site OnlyFans announced plans to bans sexually explicit content” starting October 1. While we’re still not sure exactly why it’s changing so drastically, it just sent out an updated Terms of Service policy to the creators who’ve built the site detailing precisely what won’t be allowed going forward.

The new OnlyFans, Acceptable Use Policy, is visible when compared to the previous one.

You must not upload, post, or display Content on OnlyFans.

  • Promotes, advertises, or refers to “sexually explicit behavior,” which can be:
  • Actual or simulated sexual intercourse between any two persons, including oral-genital and anal-genital intercourses and genital-genital and oral-genital intercourses.
  • Actual or simulated masturbation
  • Any display of the anus and genitals of another person that is extreme or offensive
  • Actual or simulated material showing bodily fluids often secreted during sexual activity;
  • All Content that promotes, advertises, or refers to “sexually explicit behavior” must be deleted before December 1, 2021, or any other date we communicate to users.

The policy’s other sections that prohibit deepfakes, drug use, and violence are unchanged. The site sent an email to OnlyFans creators stating that Content containing nudity would be permitted as long as it was consistent with the policy. Posts may show body parts but not anything explicit. Your account may be suspended or terminated for any breach, as well as access to your earnings.

OnlyFans’ billion-dollar brand and business have been built mainly because onlyFans sex workers provide precisely the type of Content being banned. These content creators now have until December 1 to delete all traces of suddenly unacceptable Content from their profiles.

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