I’ve had a devil of a week. See what I did there? My week of Monday 27 February to Sunday 5 March 2023 was packed with interest, including a wonderful podcast, an outstanding airshow, and an encounter with the so-called “cookers”, or anti-everything protesters. So much so that this Weekly Wrap is a day late. Are we all coping?
I didn’t take many photos at the Australian Airshow because I was more interested in enjoying the displays and the company of friends. However if you ever get the chance to see the award-winning Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) display team the Black Eagles, do so. I’m sure you can find some videos in the usual places. They won the prize for best display.
No details of these “other reminders of the past” for now. Maybe in an upcoming podcast.
- The 9pm Death by Woke Mind Virus Superbugs with Dr Trent Yarwood, recorded on Tuesday and posted first thing Wednesday morning.
- On Friday I recorded a chat with Justin Warren as planned, but I’ll post that later this week.
- I’ve done a test run to see how it might work out, and I’ve decided that at some point in the next to weeks my special guest will that current media star, the ChatGPT artificial intelligence.
- Cooker Parade, Melbourne, Saturday 4 March 2023. The anti-everything protesters have been continuing their regular Saturday marches through the streets of Melbourne, Australia, but in ever-dwindling numbers. Here’s how they looked as they moved up Bourke Street on 4 March 2023.
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- Digital developments from Canberra 27. Some big ones this week, including announcements about a new national cybersecurity strategy, federal-state coordination on digital IDs, various legislation given the go-ahead by Senate committees, and what’s probably the final week of public hearings in the Robodebt Royal Commission.
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Photos, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
None of these things.
Since I’m running late I’ll just throw in a few things that have been lingering in my open browser tabs.
- They thought loved ones were calling for help. It was an AI scam.
- Move over, honeybees: Aussie native bees steal the show with unique social and foraging behaviours.
- Space Officials Want a Time Zone for the Moon.
- NSW slams brakes on high-speed rail plans after spending $100m on studies, something I was almost certain would happen because every other study over the years has come to the same conclusion. I like this one for its delightfully hand-wavy map of where these rail lines would supposedly run.
- Welcome to the Museum of the Future AI Apocalypse. “The new Misalignment Museum in San Francisco is a memorial to an imagined future in which artificial general intelligence kills most of humanity.”
The Week Ahead
I start the week in Melbourne, where I’m doing various bits and pieces before flying to Sydney on Tuesday evening, and returning to the Blue Mountains on Thursday evening.
Most of my focus will be on work for a particular client, because certain deadlines are approaching. I hope to be able to tell you more later this month, but for now I labour behind a curtain of confidentiality.
No changes here since last week, but expect some livestream technical tests and other ad hoc media objects in the coming weeks.
- Australian Cyber Conference 2023, Canberra, 20–22 March 2023. I won’t be going, but I’ll leave it here for reference.
- NSW state election, 25 March 2023. I’ll definitely do something special for this one, although that might just be something personal.
- The 9pm Public House Forum 7 livestream and recording, Sydney CBD venue TBA, 1 April 2023.
- The Sydney Dialogue, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, online, 4–5 April 2023.
- The 9pm Public House Forum 8 livestream and recording, 29 April 2022 (TBA).
- Coronation of Charles III, 6 May 2023, although I have no idea what I’ll actually do about it.
- Truth, Trust and Hope, “a global dialogue on disinformation and the erosion of public understanding and trust in science”, Nobel Prize Outreach, Washington DC and online, 24–26 May 2023.
[Photo: The first leaf of autumn, Melbourne. Well, not quite. But when we were sitting outside the Elephant and Wheelbarrow on Saturday 4 March 2023, this is the first leaf that fell on our otherwise clean table.]