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How the false rumor of a Chinese coup went viral

9 hours 28 minutes 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

14 hours 38 minutes 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

15 hours 28 minutes 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

18 hours 18 minutes 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

20 hours 30 minutes 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

21 hours 1 minute 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

Audio Postcard: Real-time farming

1 day 12 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

1 day 16 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

The Download: dual-driving AI, and Russia’s Telegram propaganda

1 day 18 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. This startup’s AI is smart enough to drive different types of vehicles The news: Wayve, a driverless-car startup based in London, has made a machine-learning model that can drive two different types of…
Rhiannon Williams

This startup’s AI is smart enough to drive different types of vehicles

1 day 23 hours ago
Wayve, a driverless-car startup based in London, has made a machine-learning model that can drive two different types of vehicle: a passenger car and a delivery van. It is the first time the same AI driver has learned to drive multiple vehicles. The news comes less than a year after Wayve showed that it could…
Will Douglas Heaven

How we’ll transplant tiny organ-like blobs of cells into people

4 days 16 hours ago
To the naked eye, organoids aren’t much to look at. They’re basically tiny blobs. Closer inspection reveals their true complexity: these lab-grown balls of cells can resemble miniature organs. So far, organoids have mostly been used for research. But teams have started transplanting them into animals with the hope of curing disease. Humans are next—albeit…
Jessica Hamzelou

The Download: YouTube’s deadly crafts, and DeepMind’s new chatbot

4 days 18 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. The YouTube baker fighting back against deadly “craft hacks” Ann Reardon is probably the last person whose content you’d expect to be banned from YouTube. A former Australian youth worker and a mother…
Rhiannon Williams

The YouTube baker fighting back against deadly “craft hacks”

4 days 21 hours ago
Ann Reardon is probably the last person whose content you’d expect to be banned from YouTube. A former Australian youth worker and a mother of  three, she has her own cookbook, has baked for the BBC, and once made a coin-size apple pie for two baby chicks. Since 2011 she’s been using her YouTube channel…
Amelia Tait

The Download: authoritarian tech, and tower-building drones

5 days 17 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. The world is moving closer to a new cold war fought with authoritarian tech Despite President Biden’s assurances at Wednesday’s United Nations meeting that the US is not seeking a new cold war,…
Rhiannon Williams

The world is moving closer to a new cold war fought with authoritarian tech

5 days 21 hours ago
Despite President Biden’s assurances at Wednesday’s United Nations meeting that the US is not seeking a new cold war, one is brewing between the world’s autocracies and democracies—and technology is fuelling it. Late last week, Iran, Turkey, Myanmar, and a handful of other countries took steps toward becoming full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization…
Tate Ryan-Mosley

Patients immersed in virtual reality during surgery may need less anesthetic

6 days 12 hours ago
Immersing patients in virtual reality could help reduce the amount of local anesthetic needed for surgery, a new study has found. A team of researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston split 34 patients undergoing elective hand surgery into two equal-size groups. One group was given a VR headset and offered a range…
Rhiannon Williams

Watch this team of drones 3D-print a tower

6 days 15 hours ago
A mini-swarm’s worth of drones have been trained to work together to 3D-print some simple towers. One day, the method could help with challenging projects such as post-disaster construction or even repairs on buildings that are too high to access safely, the team behind it hopes. Inspired by the way bees or wasps construct large…
Tammy Xu
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How the false rumor of a Chinese coup went viral

9 hours 28 minutes 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

14 hours 38 minutes 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

15 hours 28 minutes 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

18 hours 18 minutes 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

20 hours 30 minutes 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

21 hours 1 minute 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

Audio Postcard: Real-time farming

1 day 12 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

1 day 16 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

The Download: dual-driving AI, and Russia’s Telegram propaganda

1 day 18 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. This startup’s AI is smart enough to drive different types of vehicles The news: Wayve, a driverless-car startup based in London, has made a machine-learning model that can drive two different types of…
Rhiannon Williams

This startup’s AI is smart enough to drive different types of vehicles

1 day 23 hours ago
Wayve, a driverless-car startup based in London, has made a machine-learning model that can drive two different types of vehicle: a passenger car and a delivery van. It is the first time the same AI driver has learned to drive multiple vehicles. The news comes less than a year after Wayve showed that it could…
Will Douglas Heaven

How we’ll transplant tiny organ-like blobs of cells into people

4 days 16 hours ago
To the naked eye, organoids aren’t much to look at. They’re basically tiny blobs. Closer inspection reveals their true complexity: these lab-grown balls of cells can resemble miniature organs. So far, organoids have mostly been used for research. But teams have started transplanting them into animals with the hope of curing disease. Humans are next—albeit…
Jessica Hamzelou

The Download: YouTube’s deadly crafts, and DeepMind’s new chatbot

4 days 18 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. The YouTube baker fighting back against deadly “craft hacks” Ann Reardon is probably the last person whose content you’d expect to be banned from YouTube. A former Australian youth worker and a mother…
Rhiannon Williams

The YouTube baker fighting back against deadly “craft hacks”

4 days 21 hours ago
Ann Reardon is probably the last person whose content you’d expect to be banned from YouTube. A former Australian youth worker and a mother of  three, she has her own cookbook, has baked for the BBC, and once made a coin-size apple pie for two baby chicks. Since 2011 she’s been using her YouTube channel…
Amelia Tait

The Download: authoritarian tech, and tower-building drones

5 days 17 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. The world is moving closer to a new cold war fought with authoritarian tech Despite President Biden’s assurances at Wednesday’s United Nations meeting that the US is not seeking a new cold war,…
Rhiannon Williams

The world is moving closer to a new cold war fought with authoritarian tech

5 days 21 hours ago
Despite President Biden’s assurances at Wednesday’s United Nations meeting that the US is not seeking a new cold war, one is brewing between the world’s autocracies and democracies—and technology is fuelling it. Late last week, Iran, Turkey, Myanmar, and a handful of other countries took steps toward becoming full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization…
Tate Ryan-Mosley

Patients immersed in virtual reality during surgery may need less anesthetic

6 days 12 hours ago
Immersing patients in virtual reality could help reduce the amount of local anesthetic needed for surgery, a new study has found. A team of researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston split 34 patients undergoing elective hand surgery into two equal-size groups. One group was given a VR headset and offered a range…
Rhiannon Williams

Watch this team of drones 3D-print a tower

6 days 15 hours ago
A mini-swarm’s worth of drones have been trained to work together to 3D-print some simple towers. One day, the method could help with challenging projects such as post-disaster construction or even repairs on buildings that are too high to access safely, the team behind it hopes. Inspired by the way bees or wasps construct large…
Tammy Xu
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