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In today's roundup, prosecutors take steps to prevent CZ leaving the US. Short-selling hedge funds get rekt amid increasing optimism that rates have topped. And, in a stunning development, it appears that the drama at OpenAI may have been catalyzed in part by the discovery of something approaching artificial general intelligence.


US Government Stops CZ Leaving Country

Prosecutors are concerned that CZ poses a risk of flight, and might consider his $175 million bail a reasonable price for his freedom.

US Government Stops CZ Leaving Country
Prosecutors believe that CZ poses a substantial risk of flight.

Hedge Funds Reel From $43 Billion Hit In Unexpected Market Surge

Hedge funds betting against US and European stocks have suffered huge losses due to a market rally. Triggered by the Fed's interest rate policy and weak inflation data, the technology and healthcare sectors have seen sharp rebounds, causing a severe "short squeeze" and impacting funds' year-end performance.

Hedge Funds Reel From $43 Billion Hit In Unexpected Market Surge
Hedge funds face $43 billion losses in a surprising market rally, struggling with unexpected shifts.

Rising Cash Flows Into US Corporate Debt Signal Fed Rate Optimism

US corporate bond funds attract over $16 billion in November, the highest since July 2020, driven by optimism that the Federal Reserve will halt rate hikes amid signs of easing inflation. This surge includes significant investment in high-yield "junk" bonds, reflecting a shift in market sentiment.

Rising Cash Flows Into US Corporate Debt Signal Fed Rate Optimism
US corporate bond funds see record inflows, signaling investor confidence in peaking Fed rates amidst cooling inflation.

UK's Cybersecurity Breach: British Library Hit By Ransomware Attack

The British Library has suffered a ransomware attack, highlighting UK public sector IT vulnerabilities. The hacking group Rhysida auctioned stolen data, targeting vital infrastructure. The incident reflects under-investment in cybersecurity, with increasing threats from foreign state-backed hackers.

UK’s Cybersecurity Breach: British Library Hit By Ransomware Attack
The British Library is hit by ransomware attack, exposing vulnerabilities in UK’s public sector cybersecurity.

OpenAI's Recent Discovery Raises Concerns Before CEO's Return

OpenAI staff reportedly warned the board of a groundbreaking AI discovery, contributing to CEO Sam Altman's temporary exit. The discovery, part of project Q*, showcased AI's potential in solving mathematical problems, sparking safety and ethical debates.

OpenAI’s Recent Discovery Raises Concerns Before CEO’s Return
OpenAI researchers warn of a new AI breakthrough’s potential risks.

Is Artificial General Intelligence Closer Than We Think?

Q* may have exhibited a capacity for reasoning beyond anything previously seen in AI systems, making it a precursor to AGI systems with widespread human-like intelligence.

Is Artificial General Intelligence Closer Than We Think?
It’s possible that Q* may have exhibited a level of reasoning previously unseen in the AI sector.

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