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In defense of plastic (sort of)

6 days 18 hours ago
This article is from The Spark, MIT Technology Review’s weekly climate newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Wednesday, sign up here. I’m coming in with a hot take this week: plastics might just be the most useful inventions of the 20th century.  Before you get out the pitchforks, let me take you on a…
Casey Crownhart

GPT-4 is coming, but OpenAI is still fixing GPT-3

1 week ago
Buzz around GPT-4, the anticipated but as-yet-unannounced follow-up to OpenAI’s groundbreaking large language model, GPT-3, is growing by the week. But OpenAI is not yet done tinkering with the previous version. The San Francisco-based company has released a demo of a new model called ChatGPT, a spin-off of GPT-3 that is geared toward answering questions…
Will Douglas Heaven

The Download: Twitter’s toxicity, and what China’s protestors want

1 week 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 has created a toxic mess for the LGBTQ+ community. I would know. By Scott Wiener, a California state senator who represents San Francisco and northern San Mateo County. A mere day…
Rhiannon Williams

How chemists are tackling the plastics problem

1 week ago
We tend to lump all plastics into one category, but water bottles, milk jugs, egg cartons, and credit cards are actually made from different materials, as you’ve probably noticed while trying to figure out what can go in your recycling bin. Once they’ve reached a recycling facility, the plastic must be separated, a process that…
Casey Crownhart

What Shanghai protesters want and fear

1 week ago
China Report is MIT Technology Review’s newsletter about technology developments in China. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday. The past week has meant many sleepless nights for people in China, and for people like me who are intently watching from afar.  You may have seen that nearly three years after the pandemic started,…
Zeyi Yang

Elon Musk has created a toxic mess for the LGBTQ+ community. I would know.

1 week ago
A mere day after Elon Musk reactivated Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Twitter account, she tweeted that I’m a “communist groomer,” presumably because I’m a gay Jewish Democratic elected official from San Francisco.  Greene’s tweet also promoted her proposed federal law to ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth and to make it effectively impossible for adult…
Sen. Scott Wiener

Human creators stand to benefit as AI rewrites the rules of content creation

1 week 1 day ago
For years, the 150-year-old Colorado State Fair has held its fine art competition under little media glare. But when it announced the 2022 winners in August, this little-known local event immediately sparked controversy around the globe. Judges had picked synthetic media artist Jason Allen’s artificial intelligence-generated work “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial” as the winner in the…
Baidu

The Download: the West’s AI myth, and Musk v Apple

1 week 1 day 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 AI myth Western lawmakers get wrong While the US and the EU may differ on how to regulate tech, their lawmakers seem to agree on one thing: the West needs to ban…
Rhiannon Williams

The AI myth Western lawmakers get wrong

1 week 1 day 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. While the US and the EU may differ on how to regulate tech, their lawmakers seem to agree on one thing: the West needs to ban AI-powered social scoring. As they understand it, social…
Melissa Heikkilä

The Download: cybersecurity’s next act, and mass protests in China

1 week 2 days 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. What’s next in cybersecurity In the world of cybersecurity, there is always one certainty: more hacks. That is the unavoidable constant in an industry that will spend an estimated $150 billion worldwide this…
Rhiannon Williams

What’s next in cybersecurity

1 week 2 days ago
This story is a part of MIT Technology Review’s What’s Next series, where we look across industries, trends, and technologies to let you know what to expect in the coming year. In the world of cybersecurity, there is always one certainty: more hacks. That is the unavoidable constant in an industry that will spend an…
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

The Download: AI conquers Minecraft, and babies after death

1 week 5 days 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 bot that watched 70,000 hours of Minecraft could unlock AI’s next big thing The news: An AI that binged on 70,000 hours of people playing Minecraft has learned how to play the…
Rhiannon Williams

The Download: climate responsibility, and AI training data shortages

1 week 6 days 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 US and China are pointing fingers at each other over climate change The UN climate conference wrapped up over the weekend after marathon negotiations that ran way over. The most notable outcome was the…
Rhiannon Williams

The US and China are pointing fingers at each other over climate change

1 week 6 days ago
The UN climate conference just wrapped up over the weekend after a marathon negotiating session that stretched talks nearly 48 hours past their scheduled conclusion. (A question for my editor: the UN isn’t hitting deadlines, so do I still have to?) The most notable outcome from the conference was establishment of a fund to help…
Casey Crownhart

We could run out of data to train AI language programs 

1 week 6 days ago
Large language models are one of the hottest areas of AI research right now, with companies racing to release programs like GPT-3 that can write impressively coherent articles and even computer code. But there’s a problem looming on the horizon, according to a team of AI forecasters: we might run out of data to train…
Tammy Xu
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