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New year’s resolutions for CIOs

8 hours 41 minutes ago
From security to quantum, AI and edge to cloud, our digital world is evolving and expanding more quickly than ever. With so much “noise,” it can be hard to concentrate, let alone figure out where to start beyond the bits and bytes, speeds and feeds. I hear this from everyone I meet with, and it’s…
John Roese

DNA that was frozen for 2 million years has been sequenced

13 hours 44 minutes ago
After an eight-year effort to recover DNA from Greenland’s frozen interior, researchers say they’ve managed to sequence gene fragments from ancient fish, plants, and even a mastodon that lived 2 million years ago. It’s the oldest DNA ever recovered, beating the mark set only last year when a different team recovered genetic material from a…
Antonio Regalado

The Download: metaverse fashion, and looser covid rules in China

16 hours 29 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. The metaverse fashion stylists are here Fashion creator Jenni Svoboda is designing a beanie with a melted cupcake top, sprinkles, and doughnuts for ears. But this outlandish accessory isn’t destined for the physical…
Rhiannon Williams

How US police use counterterrorism money to buy spy tech

18 hours 44 minutes ago
Grant money meant to help cities prepare for terror attacks is being spent on surveillance technology for US police departments, a new report shows.  It’s been known that federal funding props up police budgets, but the new report, written by the advocacy organizations Action Center on Race and Economy (ACRE), LittleSis, MediaJustice, and the Immigrant…
Tate Ryan-Mosley

This is how China’s zero-covid policy is changing

19 hours 44 minutes ago
China Report is MIT Technology Review’s newsletter about technology developments in China. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday. On December 1, 2019, the first known covid-19 patient started showing symptoms in Wuhan. Three years later, China is the last country in the world holding on to strict pandemic control restrictions. However, after days…
Zeyi Yang

The metaverse fashion stylists are here

19 hours 44 minutes ago
When I met Jenni Svoboda, she was in the midst of designing a beanie with a melted cupcake top, sprinkles, and doughnuts for ears. “It’s something you’d probably never wear in real life,” she said with a laugh. But Svoboda isn’t designing for the physical world. She’s designing for the metaverse. Svoboda is working in…
Tanya Basu

The Download: Uber’s flawed facial recognition, and police drones

1 day 16 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. Uber’s facial recognition is locking Indian drivers out of their accounts One evening in February last year, a 23-year-old Uber driver named Niradi Srikanth was getting ready to start another shift, ferrying passengers…
Rhiannon Williams

I met a police drone in VR—and hated it

1 day 18 hours ago
This story originally appeared in The Algorithm, our weekly newsletter on AI. To get stories like this in your inbox first, sign up here. I’m standing in the parking lot of an apartment building in East London, near where I live. It’s a cloudy day, and nothing seems out of the ordinary.  A small drone descends…
Melissa Heikkilä

Uber’s facial recognition is locking Indian drivers out of their accounts 

1 day 19 hours ago
Correction: this story has been updated to include Uber’s response. The opening has been amended to remove an anecdote about a specific driver’s experience based on that response. Uber drivers in India say that problems with the facial recognition they use to access their apps is costing them work. In a survey conducted by MIT…
Varsha Bansal

“李老师”口述:如何成为推特上中国抗议信息的聚集地

2 days 4 hours ago
Editor’s note: This is a translation of a story about a Chinese painter based in Italy who became a critical source of information for many in China during recent protests against the country’s zero-covid policy. Find the English language version here. 过去一周,随着针对中国新冠防疫政策的抗议席卷了社交媒体,一个推特账号@李老师不是你老师 变成了各种相关信息来源的“集散地”。中国各地民众纷纷通过私信发来抗议视频和实时消息,而该账号帮投稿人隐去身份,匿名将这些消息发布出来。 这个账户背后只有一个人:李(大家称他为李老师),出于安全考虑,他要求只透露姓氏。他是一位居住在意大利的中国画家,且从未在新闻行业工作过,但这并没有阻止他把自己的推特账号变成了一个单人值守的新闻直播间。 针对新冠清零政策的抗议活动在 11 月的最后一个周末达到了高峰,李老师每秒钟都会收到十几条私信,他也在尽可能在收到投稿的一瞬间分辨、过滤掉不实信息。尽管在过去的一年里,他一直在发布关注者们的匿名私信,但这对他来说,也是一次完全不同的经历。 长期以来,他一直在网上关注并谈论中国的社会问题。2021 年的时候,他开始在微博上收到私信,这些人担心暴露自己的身份,希望通过他将这些信息发布出去。 但是后来,他发布的消息开始被审查和删帖;到今年2月,他的账户被封禁。之后的两个月中,他又有 49 个账户陆续被禁。但他的关注者们大方地让他使用自己的手机号去注册更多的账号(来发布信息)。今年 4 月,他被微博禁止访问,于是辗转到了推特。也正是在推特上,他收到了大量国际账户以及翻墙访问推特的中国用户的关注。 上周,郑州富士康工厂的工人与管理层爆发冲突,李老师开始通过中国社交媒体和他的关注者提供的信息来跟踪事态走向。那一晚,他只休息了 3…
李老师口述,Zeyi Yang 整理

The Download: a long covid app, and California’s wind plans

2 days 16 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. A new app aims to help the millions of people living with long covid The news: A new app could help people with long covid cope with their condition by giving them a…
Rhiannon Williams

California’s coming offshore wind boom faces big engineering hurdles

2 days 18 hours ago
This week, dozens of companies are expected to compete for the right to lease the first commercial wind power sites off the coast of California in a federal online auction that could kick-start the state’s next clean energy boom. Collectively, the winners will pay at least tens of millions of dollars for exclusive rights to…
James Temple

A new app aims to help the millions of people living with long covid

2 days 19 hours ago
A new app could help people with long covid cope with their condition by giving them a clearer understanding of what helps—and hinders—their health. People with long covid, defined by the World Health Organization as a post-covid illness lasting two months or more, suffer from symptoms that include headaches, fatigue, weakness, and fever. Some use…
Rhiannon Williams

The Download: circumventing China’s firewall, and using AI to invent new drugs

5 days 16 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 Twitter’s “Teacher Li” became the central hub of China protest information As protests against rigid covid control measures in China engulfed social media in the past week, one Twitter account has emerged…
Rhiannon Williams

Your microbiome ages as you do—and that’s a problem

5 days 19 hours ago
This article is from The Checkup, MIT Technology Review’s weekly biotech newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Thursday, sign up here. We’re all crawling with bugs. Our bodies are home to plenty of distinct ecosystems that are home to microbes, fungi, and other organisms. They are crucial to our well-being. Shifts in the…
Jessica Hamzelou

How Twitter’s “Teacher Li” became the central hub of China protest information

5 days 21 hours ago
As protests against rigid covid control measures in China engulfed social media in the past week, one Twitter account has emerged as the central source of information: @李老师不是你老师 (“Teacher Li Is Not Your Teacher”). People everywhere in China have sent protest footage and real-time updates to the account through private messages, and it has posted…
Li, as told to Zeyi Yang

Biotech labs are using AI inspired by DALL-E to invent new drugs

6 days 11 hours ago
The explosion in text-to-image AI models like OpenAI’s DALL-E 2—programs trained to generate pictures of almost anything you ask for—has sent ripples through the creative industries, from fashion to filmmaking, by providing weird and wonderful images on demand. The same technology behind these programs is also making a splash in biotech labs, which have started…
Will Douglas Heaven

The Download: Neuralink updates, and GPT-3 fixes

6 days 15 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. Elon Musk’s Neuralink hopes to test its brain implant in a human next year Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface company Neuralink is planning to test a brain implant in humans in six months, the…
Rhiannon Williams
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