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US Intelligence Agencies’ Embrace of Generative AI Is Wary and Urgent

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Long before generative AI’s boom, a Silicon Valley firm contracted to collect and analyze non-classified data on illicit Chinese fentanyl trafficking made a compelling case for its embrace by U.S. intelligence agencies.

The operation’s results far exceeded human-only analysis, finding twice as many companies and 400% more people engaged in illegal or suspicious commerce in the deadly opioid.

Excited U.S. intelligence officials touted the results publicly — the AI made connections based mostly on internet and dark-web data — and shared them with Beijing authorities, urging a crackdown.

One important aspect of the 2019 operation, called Sable Spear, that has not previously been reported: The firm used generative AI to provide U.S. agencies — three years ahead of the release of OpenAI’s groundbreaking ChatGPT product — with evidence summaries for potential criminal cases, saving countless work hours.

“You wouldn’t be able to do that without artificial intelligence,” said Brian Drake, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s then-director of AI and the project coordinator.

The contractor, Rhombus Power, would later use generative AI to predict Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine with 80% certainty four months in advance, for a different U.S. government client. Rhombus says it also alerts government customers, who it declines to name, to imminent North Korean missile launches and Chinese space operations.

U.S. intelligence agencies are scrambling to embrace the AI revolution, believing they’ll otherwise be smothered by exponential data growth as sensor-generated surveillance tech further blankets the planet.

But officials are acutely aware that the tech is young and brittle, and that generative AI — prediction models trained on vast datasets to generate on-demand text, images, video and human-like conversation — is anything but tailor-made for a dangerous trade steeped in deception.

Analysts require “sophisticated artificial intelligence models that can digest mammoth amounts of open-source and clandestinely acquired information,” CIA director William Burns recently wrote in Foreign Affairs. But that won’t be simple.

The CIA’s inaugural chief technology officer, Nand Mulchandani, thinks that because gen AI models “hallucinate” they are best treated as a “crazy, drunk friend” — capable of great insight and creativity but also bias-prone fibbers. There are also security and privacy issues: adversaries could steal and poison them, and they may contain sensitive personal data that officers aren’t authorized to see.

That’s not stopping the experimentation, though, which is mostly happening in secret.

An exception: Thousands of analysts across the 18 U.S. intelligence agencies now use a CIA-developed gen AI called Osiris. It runs on unclassified and publicly or commercially available data — what’s known as open-source. It writes annotated summaries and its chatbot function lets analysts go deeper with queries.

Mulchandani said it employs multiple AI models from various commercial providers he would not name. Nor would he say whether the CIA is using gen AI for anything major on classified networks.

“It’s still early days,” said Mulchandani, “and our analysts need to be able to mark out with absolute certainty where the information comes from.” CIA is trying out all major gen AI models – not committing to anyone — in part because AIs keep leapfrogging each other in ability, he said.

Mulchandani says gen AI is mostly good as a virtual assistant looking for “the needle in the needle stack.” What it won’t ever do, officials insist, is replace human analysts.

Linda Weissgold, who retired as deputy CIA director of analysis last year, thinks war-gaming will be a “killer app.”

During her tenure, the agency was already using regular AI — algorithms and natural-language processing — for translation and tasks including alerting analysts during off hours to potentially important developments. The AI wouldn’t be able to describe what happened — that would be classified — but could say “here’s something you need to come in and look at.”

Gen AI is expected to enhance such processes.

Its most potent intelligence use will be in predictive analysis, believes Rhombus Power’s CEO, Anshu Roy. “This is probably going to be one of the biggest paradigm shifts in the entire national security realm — the ability to predict what your adversaries are likely to do.”

Rhombus’ AI machine draws on 5,000-plus datastreams in 250 languages gathered over 10-plus years including global news sources, satellite images and data cyberspace. All of it is open-source. “We can track people, we can track objects,” said Roy.

AI bigshots vying for U.S. intelligence agency business include Microsoft, which announced on May 7 that it was offering OpenAI’s GPT-4 for top-secret networks, though the product must still be accredited for work on classified networks.

A competitor, Primer AI, lists two unnamed intelligence agencies among its customers — which include military services, documents posted online for recent military AI workshops show. It offers AI-powered search in 100 languages to “detect emerging signals of breaking events” of sources including Twitter, Telegram, Reddit and Discord and help identify “key people, organizations, locations.” Primer lists targeting among its technology’s advertised uses. In a demo at an Army conference just days after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, company executives described how their tech separates fact from fiction in the flood of online information from the Middle East.

Primer executives declined to be interviewed.

In the near term, how U.S. intelligence officials wield gen AI may be less important than counteracting how adversaries use it: To pierce U.S. defenses, spread disinformation and attempt to undermine Washington’s ability to read their intent and capabilities.

And because Silicon Valley drives this technology, the White House is also concerned that any gen AI models adopted by U.S. agencies could be infiltrated and poisoned, something research indicates is very much a threat.

Another worry: Ensuring the privacy of “U.S. persons” whose data may be embedded in a large-language model.

“If you speak to any researcher or developer that is training a large-language model, and ask them if it is possible to basically kind of delete one individual piece of information from an LLM and make it forget that — and have a robust empirical guarantee of that forgetting — that is not a thing that is possible,” John Beieler, AI lead at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said in an interview.

It’s one reason the intelligence community is not in “move-fast-and-break-things” mode on gen AI adoption.

“We don’t want to be in a world where we move quickly and deploy one of these things, and then two or three years from now realize that they have some information or some effect or some emergent behavior that we did not anticipate,” Beieler said.

It’s a concern, for instance, if government agencies decide to use AIs to explore bio- and cyber-weapons tech.

William Hartung, a senior researcher at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, says intelligence agencies must carefully assess AIs for potential abuse lest they lead to unintended consequences such as unlawful surveillance or a rise in civilian casualties in conflicts.

“All of this comes in the context of repeated instances where the military and intelligence sectors have touted “miracle weapons” and revolutionary approaches — from the electronic battlefield in Vietnam to the Star Wars program of the 1980s to the “revolution in military affairs in the 1990s and 2000s — only to find them fall short,” he said.

Government officials insist they are sensitive to such concerns. Besides, they say, AI missions will vary widely depending on the agency involved. There’s no one-size-fits-all.

Take the National Security Agency. It intercepts communications. Or the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Its job includes seeing and understanding every inch of the planet. Then there is measurement and signature intel, which multiple agencies use to track threats using physical sensors.

Supercharging such missions with AI is a clear priority.

In December, the NGA issued a request for proposals for a completely new type of generative AI model. The aim is to use imagery it collects — from satellites and at ground level – to harvest precise geospatial intel with simple voice or text prompts. Gen AI models don’t map roads and railways and “don’t understand the basics of geography,” the NGA’s director of innovation, Mark Munsell, said in an interview.

Munsell said at an April conference in Arlington, Virginia that the U.S. government has currently only modeled and labeled about 3% of the planet.

Gen AI applications also make a lot of sense for cyberconflict, where attackers and defenders are in constant combat and automation is already in play.

But lots of vital intelligence work has nothing to do with data science, says Zachery Tyson Brown, a former defense intelligence officer. He believes intel agencies will invite disaster if they adopt gen AI too swiftly or completely. The models don’t reason. They merely predict. And their designers can’t entirely explain how they work.

Not the best tool, then, for matching wits with rival masters of deception.

“Intelligence analysis is usually more like the old trope about putting together a jigsaw puzzle, only with someone else constantly trying to steal your pieces while also placing pieces of an entirely different puzzle into the pile you’re working with,” Brown recently wrote in an in-house CIA journal. Analysts work with “incomplete, ambiguous, often contradictory snippets of partial, unreliable information.”

They place considerable trust in instinct, colleagues and institutional memories.

“I don’t see AI replacing analysts anytime soon,” said Weissgold, the former CIA deputy director of analysis.

Quick life-and-death decisions sometimes must be made based on incomplete data, and current gen AI models are still too opaque.

“I don’t think it will ever be acceptable to some president,” Weissgold said, “for the intelligence community to come in and say, ‘I don’t know, the black box just told me so.’”

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What Are The Hidden Costs of Homeownership?

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You know the basic costs that go along with homebuying, but what about the hidden costs of homeownership — all the less obvious expenses beyond your mortgage that can really add up?

If you’re in the process of calculating how much home you can afford, you might need to rework your budget. Affordability is one of the biggest challenges first-time homebuyers face, and less obvious expenses can have you paying a lot more money each month in addition to your expected mortgage payment. If you fail to take into account ancillary expenses when buying a home, you could be stuck paying more than you can afford.  

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Fire at Carrie Underwood’s Tennessee Home Limited by Her 10,000-Gallon Water Tank

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A fire at country music star Carrie Underwood’s Nashville-area home was limited to the garage, thanks in part to a 10,000-gallon water tank on the property.

USA Today and local news outlets reported that an all-terrain vehicle sparked a fire inside the garage of the $5 million home, about eight miles outside the city, Sunday night. When fire crews arrived they were able to tap into the water tank and they eventually extinguished the blaze.

None of the four people and three pets were injured.

The news sites did not explain why the large tank was installed at the house, or if fire hydrants were available in the remote area. The name of Underwood’s homeowners insurance carrier, or if she is self-insured, was not reported.

Photo: Underwood at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala in New York last week. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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La fin de l’euphorie des memecoins, place à la qualité

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Le marché crypto subit une correction significative, avec une chute particulièrement marquée pour les memecoins. Alors que les investisseurs se tournent vers des actifs plus solides, assiste-t-on à un changement de paradigme dans l’industrie ?

Les investisseurs se tournent vers les crypto solides

La débâcle des memecoins 

Le marché crypto a enregistré une baisse de 3% au cours des 12 dernières heures, la capitalisation totale atteignant son plus bas niveau mensuel de 2,48 billions de dollars. Cependant, ce sont les memecoins qui ont le plus souffert, avec des pertes à deux chiffres pour la plupart d’entre eux.

Kyle Chassé, pionnier du Bitcoin, a souligné sur X la rapidité avec laquelle les investisseurs se détournent de ces actifs spéculatifs. Il qualifie ce mouvement de « fuite vers la qualité », les traders privilégiant désormais des actifs cryptographiques ayant une fonction ou un objectif clair.

Selon CoinGecko, la capitalisation du marché des memecoins a chuté de 14%, s’établissant à 48,8 milliards de dollars. La pièce MAGA TRUMP a été la plus durement touchée avec une baisse de 34%, tandis que d’autres comme dogwifhat, Brett et Book of Meme ont également enregistré des pertes supérieures à 14%.

Même les leaders du secteur tels que Dogecoin, Shiba Inu et Pepe n’ont pas été épargnés. Seul le jeton DOG-GO-TO-THE-MON, basé sur les Runes, a réussi à rester dans le vert au cours des sept derniers jours.

Une correction généralisée

Si les memecoins sont les plus affectées, la baisse touche l’ensemble du marché des altcoins. Solana a perdu 7%, tombant à 132$, tandis que Cardano a cédé 7,8% pour s’établir à 0,37$.

D’autres actifs comme Avalanche (AVAX), Uniswap (UNI), Internet Computer (ICP) et Near Protocol (NEAR) ont également souffert. Le bitcoin, quant à lui, a trouvé un support autour des 65 000$ mais reste bloqué dans un canal latéral depuis trois mois et demi.

Cette correction généralisée remet en question l’idée d’une « fuite vers la qualité » à ce stade. Néanmoins, la chute plus prononcée des memecoins pourrait être le signe d’un changement de mentalité chez les investisseurs.

Après une période d’euphorie spéculative, le marché semble mûrir et rechercher des projets offrant une véritable valeur ajoutée. L’avenir nous dira si cette tendance se confirme ou si l’appétit pour le risque reprendra le dessus.

La débâcle des memecoins marque peut-être un tournant pour l’industrie crypto. Alors que les investisseurs semblent privilégier des actifs plus solides, il reste à voir si cette « fuite vers la qualité » se confirmera dans la durée.

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Passionné par le Bitcoin, j’aime explorer les méandres de la blockchain et des cryptos et je partage mes découvertes avec la communauté. Mon rêve est de vivre dans un monde où la vie privée et la liberté financière sont garanties pour tous, et je crois fermement que Bitcoin est l’outil qui peut rendre cela possible.

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Companies Downplaying DEI Executive Pay Goals

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A growing number of America’s biggest companies are revising diversity metrics for executive pay, a possible sign that conservative-led attacks on DEI are weighing more heavily on corporate culture.

A review of about 1,200 companies found that the proportion of corporations using a diversity, equity and inclusion metric to set compensation has dropped to 28% from closer to 33% in 2023, according to an analysis of regulatory filings by Farient Advisors. So far this year, 56 companies, including Best Buy Co., Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Johnson & Johnson, removed or de-emphasized DEI when setting executive pay, the consulting firm said.

“Companies and boards are especially trying to be careful when they’re setting these goals,” said Brian Bueno, head of Farient’s environmental, social and governance practice. “It’s possible we could see movement away from diversity or movement towards broader measures of human capital or workforce-related measures.”

Conservative activists have been targeting executive compensation that rewards management for meeting DEI goals because they contend that such incentives may encourage improper hiring behavior to meet diversity targets. It’s part of a broader backlash against corporate diversity programs that’s been amplified by billionaires, including Elon Musk and Bill Ackman, after the US Supreme Court ruled a year ago that affirmative action in college enrollment is illegal.

Ally Financial Inc., Carnival Corp. and Lazard Inc. are among more than 60 companies that have made changes that eliminate or materially change references to DEI in compensation, according to a separate analysis of 1,500 companies by Strive Asset Management. The changes were material enough for those companies that the fund switched a vote against the executive compensation plans in 2023 to a vote in favor of the plans in 2024, Strive said.

Farient and Strive’s analysis each identified more than 50 companies that made revisions, and shared 12 of the names with Bloomberg News.

“Compensation should incentivize executives to drive long-term shareholder value, not to focus on irrelevant non-pecuniary factors,” said Justin Danhof, Strive’s head of corporate governance. “And while ESG is often a distraction, companies that continue to tie executive compensation to DEI factors may also be putting themselves in legal jeopardy.”

Strive, which opposes ESG-related corporate policies, was co-founded by former Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy.

In Carnival’s latest proxy filing, the company removed DEI from a section called “culture essentials,” where it had been included in the 2023 compensation discussion.

A spokesperson for the cruise operator said DEI remains a priority. Carnival has shifted DEI from being a single “culture essential” to being embedded throughout its culture, strategy and business priorities, which remain drivers for compensation, the spokesperson said, adding that the company disagrees with Strive’s analysis.

Best Buy changed “inclusion and diversity” to “culture and belonging” and Chipotle switched from a goal to increase workforce diversity to reducing turnover of existing diverse workers, according to Farient. J&J dropped a reference to DEI goals for female, Black and Hispanic representation.

Starbucks Corp. was among the first companies to adjust the compensation language in its annual proxy filing. The coffee chain dropped a bonus tied to DEI goals for its executives and replaced it with a more general workforce target. The company also linked a larger part of compensation to financial-related performance metrics.

Starbucks said it continues to support ways to improve employee diversity and retains specific workforce goals.

Company Name Proxy Pay Changes Response
3M Dropped DEI workforce mention in performance highlights Remains committed to DEI and shares progress in other sections of the proxy and DEI reports
Ally Financial Shifted from key DEI metrics to an environment of “inclusiveness and belonging” DEI commitment hasn’t changed. Inclusive and belonging are interchangeable terms
Best Buy Shifted DEI bonus components into “culture of belonging” Didn’t Respond
Carnival Removed references to supporting and promoting DE&I in executive compensation metrics DEI remains a focus of compensation
Chipotle Changed internal people goal from increasing diversity to decreasing turnover of diverse workers Didn’t respond
J&J Removed references to DEI goals, including representation of Black and Hispanic vice presidents Didn’t respond
Kontoor Brands All references to DEI removed in the compensation section. Didn’t respond
Lazard Dropped reference to DEI in compensation discussion Didn’t respond
PayPal Removed “diversity” and “DEI&B” references and replaced them with “Belonging” Belonging is an extension of DEI and remains a priority
Regions Financial Dropped references to DEI achievements in executive performance ratings Didn’t respond
Sempra Energy Removed references to diversity and inclusion, recruitment efforts that include more women and people of color. Used “workplace equality” instead Didn’t respond
Uber Continued to include DEI metrics in incentive programs but added: “While we recognize the importance of DEI to our long-term value and performance, we don’t make employment or other contracting decisions on the basis of any legally protected characteristic” Bonus programs are adjusted annually and Uber remains committed to DEI goals.
Source: Bloomberg analysis of Strive and Farient data

Companies started adding incentives in executive pay to improve company diversity after the murder of George Floyd by police in 2020 brought fresh attention to the lack of diversity in executive ranks. About 80% of S&P 100 companies promised to make changes at that time to rectify what they say were past disparities.

But while companies may not be talking about diversity as much as they had before, they’re still doing the work, according to Ivy Jack, a co-founder of the Diverse Investing Collective, a San Francisco-based group that advocates for diversity.

“CEOs know that diversity is important because populations are changing,” she said. “And those who take their eye off the ball on diversity will miss out on business opportunities as their customers become increasingly diverse.”

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Les BRICS accumulent de l’or, mais le dollar reste intouchable selon HSBC

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Alors que les BRICS cherchent activement à détrôner le dollar américain de son statut de monnaie de réserve mondiale, la banque HSBC a émis des prévisions audacieuses sur l’avenir du billet vert. Face à ces initiatives de dédollarisation, les analystes de HSBC maintiennent que le dollar continuera de régner en tant que monnaie dominante pour les décennies à venir.

Les BRICS accumulent l'or, mais le dollar reste roi

La prédiction de HSBC sur le dollar américain

HSBC, l’une des plus grandes banques mondiales, a récemment partagé ses prévisions sur l’avenir du dollar américain. Selon James Steel, analyste en chef des matières premières chez HSBC, le dollar conservera sa position de monnaie de réserve mondiale pour les 20 prochaines années. Steel a affirmé lors d’une interview avec Bloomberg : « Nous ne croyons pas qu’il y aura une perte de souveraineté pour le dollar américain en tant que monnaie de réserve mondiale pour les 10, 20 ans à venir, pour des raisons qui nécessiteraient tout un programme.« 

Cette déclaration intervient alors que les BRICS intensifient leurs efforts pour réduire leur dépendance au dollar américain.

Les initiatives de dédollarisation des BRICS

En effet, depuis 2022, les banques centrales des pays BRICS ont adopté une stratégie de diversification de leurs réserves, notamment en accumulant de grandes quantités d’or. Une mesure qui fait suite aux sanctions économiques imposées par les États-Unis à la Russie après l’invasion de l’Ukraine. Les BRICS cherchent à se protéger contre les fluctuations du dollar américain et à renforcer leur indépendance économique.

Malgré leurs efforts pour réduire leur dépendance au dollar, HSBC prévoit que ces initiatives pourraient échouer à détrôner le billet vert. À en croire l’expert, les devises locales des pays BRICS n’ont actuellement pas la capacité de rivaliser avec la stabilité et la confiance mondiale accordées au dollar américain. Steel estime que « la dédollarisation par les BRICS pourrait ne pas atteindre ses objectifs, car le dollar reste une valeur refuge en période d’incertitude économique.« 

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An Iowa woman was charged with one count of Insurance Fraud – Presenting False Information (Class D Felony), following an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau.

Amanda Manatt, age 35, of Marshalltown allegedly falsified patient records while working as a registered nurse at a hospital. Manatt caused the submission of an insurance claim to an insurer for medical services that were not provided.

The charges against Manatt stem from an investigation that began in April of 2024.

Manatt was arrested on May 31, 2024 and transported to the Marshalltown Police Department. Manatt posted a $5,000 bond and was released.

Iowans with information about insurance fraud are encouraged to contact the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau at 515-654-6556.

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Les cryptos liées à l’intelligence artificielle (IA) ont connu une baisse significative, alors que les données de Google Trends révèlent un pic d’intérêt de la part des investisseurs particuliers. Cette tendance souligne un phénomène courant sur les marchés : les pics d’intérêt coïncident souvent avec les sommets du marché, ce qui rappelle la stratégie d’investissement de Warren Buffet consistant à acheter dans la panique et à vendre dans l’euphorie.

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La dégringolade des jetons liés à l’IA !

Selon les informations récentes, les principales cryptos associées à l’IA, telles que FET, RNDR, TAO et GRT, ont vu leur valeur de marché chuter de plus de 20 % en sept jours. Cette chute intervient au moment où Google Trends indique que l’intérêt pour l’IA a atteint un sommet ! Avec un score de 100, représentant la popularité maximale pour la requête de recherche au cours de la période donnée.

L’indice CoinDesk 20 (CD20), qui mesure le marché plus large de la crypto, a perdu 6 %. Tandis que le leader du marché, le bitcoin (BTC), n’a baissé que de 2,8 % sur la même période. Cela pourrait indiquer que les cryptomonnaies liées à l’IA sont plus volatiles et réactives aux changements d’intérêt et de sentiment du marché.

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L’outil Google Trends est largement utilisé pour évaluer l’intérêt général ou des investisseurs particuliers pour des sujets tendance. La valeur pour la requête de recherche « IA » au cours des 12 derniers mois a atteint un pic la semaine dernière. Cela suggère qu’un nombre croissant d’investisseurs crypto actuels et potentiels recherchent des informations à ce sujet.

Cependant, il est crucial de noter que les pics d’intérêt ne sont pas toujours des indicateurs fiables des mouvements futurs du marché crypto. Par exemple, le bitcoin, connu pour avoir une forte corrélation positive avec le fabricant de puces coté au Nasdaq, Nvidia (NVDA), a touché le fond avec les actions technologiques fin 2022 après le lancement de ChatGPT, qui a sensibilisé le public à l’IA.

Bien que l’intérêt pour l’IA soit à son apogée, les investisseurs doivent rester vigilants et ne pas se laisser emporter par l’excitation du moment. Les marchés de la crypto sont notoirement imprévisibles, et l’histoire a montré que les pics d’intérêt peuvent souvent précéder des corrections importantes.

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Le monde évolue et l’adaptation est la meilleure arme pour survivre dans cet univers ondoyant. Community manager crypto à la base, je m’intéresse à tout ce qui touche de près ou de loin à la blockchain et ses dérivés. Dans l’optique de partager mon expérience et de faire connaître un domaine qui me passionne, rien de mieux que de rédiger des articles informatifs et décontractés à la fois.

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Wintermute Moves from WTW to Alliant, Now VP for Benefits Group

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Alliant Insurance Services, known as one of the larger U.S. insurance distribution companies, has named Kevin Wintermute executive vice president of its employee benefits group, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Wintermute has 28 years in the business. Previously, he was a senior VP for 20 years at Willis Towers Watson, a global brokerage and risk advisory firm, where he played a role in several mergers and acquisitions.

Wintermute earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Alliant said in a news release.

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Paris Match immortalise ses photos cultes en NFT

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Le prestigieux magazine français Paris Match célèbre ses 75 ans d’existence en poursuivant son exploration du monde crypto et met aux enchères 75 clichés emblématiques sous forme de NFT sur la blockchain Ethereum, accompagnés de tirages physiques signés et numérotés.

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Paris Match entre dans l’ère crypto avec une vente aux enchères NFT événementielle

Fer de lance du Photojournalisme français depuis 75 ans, Paris Match perpétue son riche héritage en transformant une sélection soigneuse de 75 clichés d’archives iconiques en NFT. 

Cette vente aux enchères historique, ouverte dès aujourd’hui, permet aux passionnés et collectionneurs d’acquérir une part numérique de l’histoire, immortalisée à jamais sur la Blockchain Ethereum.

Parmi les trésors proposés, des images légendaires capturant les Rolling Stones, Jack Nicholson, Orson Welles et John Travolta, mais aussi des instants historiques tels que la chute du mur de Berlin, des scènes de vie à Harlem ou le Tour de France. Un véritable voyage au cœur de l’Histoire et de la culture populaire.

Pour cet événement d’envergure, Paris Match s’associe à Focus Bloc, plateforme spécialisée dans les NFT photos, et à SuperRare, la prestigieuse place de marché NFT, créant une synergie parfaite entre expertise photographique et innovation blockchain.

Les enchères débutent ce jour avec des mises à prix abordables à 0,3 ETH, soit environ 1062 dollars, démocratisant ainsi l’accès à ces trésors patrimoniaux.

Une symbiose réussie entre tradition et modernité

Chaque cliché sera non seulement disponible en version NFT sur Ethereum, mais également accompagné d’une impression physique numérotée et signée. Une opportunité unique pour les collectionneurs traditionnels d’allier leurs passions pour le tangible et le virtuel.

Emmanuel Daien, fondateur de Focus Bloc, avait déjà supervisé une précédente vente NFT de Paris Match en janvier 2023, constatant alors un engouement partagé entre amateurs de photos et passionnés crypto.

Cette fois, le choix d’un format d’enchères et l’ajout d’un élément physique aux NFT témoignent de l’adaptation constante de Paris Match, soucieux de répondre aux attentes de ses différents publics. Une stratégie gagnante qui promet de ravir tant les amateurs d’art que les adeptes de la technologie.

En somme, en immortalisant ses clichés sous forme de NFT sur Ethereum, Paris Match s’inscrit résolument dans la modernité tout en célébrant son riche patrimoine photographique. Les enchères de ce jour marqueront une nouvelle étape incontournable dans la convergence entre le monde de la photographie et de la blockchain.

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Workers’ Comp Institute Examines California’s Proposed Presumption for Agricultural Heat Injuries

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A bill that would give a presumption of compensability to farmworker heat-related injury claims if an employer is found to be out of compliance with Cal/OSHA’s outdoor heat illness prevention standard would likely create more challenges than it would solve, a California Workers’ Compensation Institute analysis shows.

The CWCI analysis also shows the bill would create administrative friction costs, and it won’t likely have much impact on agricultural worker safety.

CWCI’s analysis of Senate Bill 1299 analyzes the population of agricultural workers covered by the legislation. It also measures the percentage of workers’ compensation claims filed by agricultural workers that involve heat-related injuries, and compares the percentage of heat-related claims in the agriculture sector to the percentage for non-agricultural workers covered by the high-heat procedures in Cal/OSHA’s heat illness prevention Standard. Lastly, the analysis considers the impact of the legislation on the California workers’ comp system.

Among the study’s findings:

  • Despite global warming and climate change, there were few agricultural heat illness claims in California workers’ comp. CWCI’s review of more than 3.2 million claims filed by workers from 2019 through 2023 found that 659 of the 100,777 claims filed by agricultural workers were due to heat-related illness.
  • The small percentage of claims involving heat illnesses likely reflects the success of Cal/OSHA’s outdoor heat illness prevention standard, enacted in 2005 and amended in 2015. The standard requires, among other things, access to shade and water, active monitoring of employees who need to acclimatize to heat, supervisor and employee training, and a heat illness plan.
  • Outdoor agricultural workers have a workers’ comp claim denial rate of 11.0%, which is lower than the 12.4% to 13.3% denial rates for other outdoor occupations covered by the Cal/OSHA outdoor heat standard, and lower than the 14.7% denial rate for all claims.

The CWCI issued an impact analysis report that is available for free under the Research tab on the institute’s website.

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