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The EU wants to put companies on the hook for harmful AI

15 hours 16 minutes ago
The EU is creating new rules to make it easier to sue AI companies for harm. A bill unveiled this week, which is likely to become law in a couple of years, is part of Europe’s push to prevent AI developers from releasing dangerous systems. And while tech companies complain it could have a chilling…
Melissa Heikkilä

The Download: text-to-video AI, and China’s big methanol bet

1 day 8 hours ago
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Meta’s new AI can turn text prompts into videos What’s happened: Meta has unveiled an AI system that generates short videos based on text prompts. Make-A-Video lets you type in a string of…
Rhiannon Williams

Can we find ways to live beyond 100? Millionaires are betting on it.

1 day 11 hours ago
Hello, hallo, and bonjour! This week’s Checkup is coming to you from Switzerland. It’s still dark when I arrive at the Grand Bellevue hotel at 7 a.m., and it’s tipping with rain. But I’ve braved the elements to make it to an early “longevity workout.” It’s the first event scheduled at an aging conference I’m attending…
Jessica Hamzelou

China is betting big on another gas engine alternative: methanol cars

1 day 11 hours ago
As the Chinese government works to reach ambitious carbon goals—an emissions peak by 2030 and neutrality by 2060—the country has become a global leader in the adoption of electric vehicles. But that’s not the only greener car alternative it’s pursuing.  Earlier this month, on September 16, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said it…
Zeyi Yang

Meta’s new AI can turn text prompts into videos

2 days 7 hours ago
Meta has today unveiled an AI system that generates short videos based on text prompts.  Make-A-Video lets you type in a string of words, like “A dog wearing a superhero outfit with a red cape flying through the sky,” and then generates a five-second clip that, while pretty accurate, has the aesthetics of a trippy…
Melissa Heikkilä

The Download: Amazon’s home-guarding robot, and covid’s violent legacy

2 days 8 hours ago
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Amazon has a new plan for its home robot Astro: to guard your life The news: Amazon announced yesterday that its home robot, Astro, will be getting a slew of major updates aimed…
Rhiannon Williams

How AI is helping birth digital humans that look and sound just like us

2 days 11 hours ago
Digital twins capture the physical look and expressions of real humans. Increasingly these replicas are showing up in the entertainment industry and beyond. It gives rise to some interesting opportunities as well as thorny questions.  We speak to: Greg Cross, CEO and co-founder of Soul Machines Sounds from: 2PAC HOLOGRAM | LIVE Coachella Recording | High…
Anthony Green

Amazon has a new plan for its home robot Astro: to guard your life

2 days 22 hours ago
Amazon’s home robot, Astro, will be getting a slew of major updates aimed at further embedding it in homes—and in our daily lives, the firm announced on Wednesday. Broadly speaking, the new features offer more home monitoring. The capabilities include some standard fare: Astro will be able to watch pets and send a video feed…
Tanya Basu

A bionic pancreas could solve one of the biggest challenges of diabetes

2 days 22 hours ago
In a recent trial, a bionic pancreas that automatically delivers insulin proved more effective than pumps or injections at lowering blood glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition that causes a person’s level of glucose, or sugar, to become too high because the pancreas can’t produce enough…
Rhiannon Williams

Growth means composability, brick by brick

3 days 6 hours ago
Business leaders are heading for composable infrastructures, putting aside large and bulky traditional systems. Demand for increased flexibility and scale is driven by rapidly advancing technology and rising customer expectations. Gartner likens composable infrastructures to a structure made of simple building blocks. This modular structure permits fast changes and responds quickly to new demand, traffic…
MIT Technology Review Insights

The Download: China’s non-coup, and building better batteries

3 days 8 hours ago
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. How the false rumor of a Chinese coup went viral If you’re on Twitter and follow news about China, you likely have heard a pretty wild rumor recently: that President Xi Jinping was…
Rhiannon Williams

How the false rumor of a Chinese coup went viral

3 days 23 hours ago
Hi, and welcome back to China Report! If you are on Twitter and follow news about China, you likely have heard a pretty wild rumor recently: that President Xi Jinping was under house arrest and that there was about to be a major power grab in the country. First of all, let me be very…
Zeyi Yang

Maximize data outcomes by investing in people and systems

4 days 4 hours ago
In any enterprise, digital transformation is not only a technology transformation but enables business transformation itself, driving new products, solutions and innovations. Having an efficient data strategy is critical to any successful digital transformation but requires careful investment into both people and systems. “To achieve that goal, availability of good data, of the right data,…
MIT Technology Review Insights

How robots and AI are helping develop better batteries

4 days 5 hours ago
Around the start of the year, Carnegie Mellon researchers used a robotic system to run dozens of experiments designed to generate electrolytes that could enable lithium-ion batteries to charge faster, addressing one of the major obstacles to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. The system of automated pumps, valves, and instruments, known as Clio, mixed…
James Temple

The Download: asteroid deflection, and Florida’s approaching hurricane

4 days 8 hours ago
This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Watch the moment NASA’s DART spacecraft crashed into an asteroid What’s happened: NASA is celebrating the success of humanity’s first test of a planetary defense system: crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid in…
Rhiannon Williams

Watch the moment NASA’s DART spacecraft crashed into an asteroid

4 days 10 hours ago
NASA is celebrating the success of humanity’s first test of a planetary defense system: crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid in order to change its orbit. NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft, or DART, was intentionally smashed into the asteroid Dimorphos at 7:14 p.m. US Eastern time last night, spelling the end to a successful…
Rhiannon Williams

How DeepMind thinks it can make chatbots safer

4 days 10 hours ago
To receive The Algorithm in your inbox every Monday, sign up here. Welcome to the Algorithm!  Some technologists hope that one day we will develop a superintelligent AI system that people will be able to have conversations with. Ask it a question, and it will offer an answer that sounds like something composed by a human…
Melissa Heikkilä

How one vineyard is using AI to improve its winemaking

5 days 2 hours ago
This episode, we’re doing something a little bit different. Join us as we take a trip to a Californian vineyard to learn about how it’s deploying sensors and other forms of AI. We meet:  Dirk Heuvel, vice president of vineyard operations, McManis Family Vineyards Credits: This episode was produced by Jennifer Strong with help from…
Anthony Green

Hybrid cloud wins rely on data protection

5 days 6 hours ago
After silicon chipmaker Broadcom acquired CA Technologies in 2018 and Symantec Enterprise in 2019, it decided to invest in hybrid cloud environments, which integrate and orchestrate public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises services. The CA and Symantec acquisitions onboarded vastly different tech stacks and operation workflows, with a variety of hosting scenarios: on-premises, colocation, and…
MIT Technology Review Insights
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