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The Download: Meta’s diplomatic AI, and China’s online comment censorship

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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 game-playing AI can make and break alliances like a human Meta has created an AI that can beat humans at an online version of Diplomacy, a popular strategy game in which seven…
Rhiannon Williams

Meta’s game-playing AI can make and break alliances like a human

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Meta has created an AI that can beat humans at an online version of Diplomacy, a popular strategy game in which seven players compete for control of Europe by moving pieces around on a map. Unlike other board games that AI has mastered, such as chess and Go, Diplomacy requires players to talk to each…
Will Douglas Heaven

The Chinese government’s problematic quest to judge online comments

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China Report is MIT Technology Review’s newsletter about technology developments in China. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday. This morning, I published an explainer on China’s social credit system. The government released a draft law on November 14 that will eventually serve as the top-level guidance on how the country builds the system. …
Zeyi Yang

The Download: China’s social credit law, and robot dog navigation

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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. Here’s why China’s new social credit law matters It’s easier to talk about what China’s social credit system isn’t than what it is. Ever since 2014, when China announced plans to build it,…
Rhiannon Williams

Trust large language models at your own peril

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This story originally appeared in The Algorithm, our weekly newsletter on AI. To get stories like this in your inbox first, sign up here. When Meta launched Galactica, an open-source large language model designed to help scientists, the company—reeling from criticism of its expensive metaverse investments and its recent massive layoffs—was hoping for a big PR win. Instead,…
Melissa Heikkilä

China just announced a new social credit law. Here’s what it means.

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It’s easier to talk about what China’s social credit system isn’t than what it is. Ever since 2014, when China announced a six-year plan to build a system to reward actions that build trust in society and penalize the opposite, it has been one of the most misunderstood things about China in Western discourse. Now,…
Zeyi Yang

Watch this robot dog scramble over tricky terrain just by using its camera

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When Ananye Agarwal took his dog out for a walk up and down the steps in the local park near Carnegie Mellon University, other dogs stopped in their tracks.  That’s because Agarwal’s dog was a robot—and a special one at that. Unlike other robots, which tend to rely heavily on an internal map to get…
Melissa Heikkilä

The Download: resurrecting mammoths, and the climate bill’s big flaw

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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 much would you pay to see a woolly mammoth? Sara Ord has one of the most futuristic job titles around—director of species restoration at Colossal Biosciences, the world’s first “de-extinction” company. Her…
Rhiannon Williams

How much would you pay to see a woolly mammoth?

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Sara Ord spent her week talking to scientists about skin cells from a mouse-size marsupial called the dunnart. The cells were sent to the “de-extinction” company where she works, Colossal Biosciences, from collaborators in Australia. Ord’s job is to lead a team that’s figuring out how to use gene editing to gradually change the DNA…
Antonio Regalado

The Download: Twitter may only last weeks, and Meta’s unforced AI error

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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. Former Twitter employees fear the platform might only last weeks Recently-departed Twitter staff have told MIT Technology Review they worry that the platform has weeks to live based on current staffing levels, mass…
Rhiannon Williams

Why Meta’s latest large language model survived only three days online

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On November 15 Meta unveiled a new large language model called Galactica, designed to assist scientists. But instead of landing with the big bang Meta hoped for, Galactica has died with a whimper after three days of intense criticism. Yesterday the company took down the public demo that it had encouraged everyone to try out.…
Will Douglas Heaven

These three charts show who is most to blame for climate change

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This article was updated on November 21, 2022 after delegates at COP27 reached an agreement on financing for climate loss and damages. Nearly two days after talks were scheduled to end, leaders at the annual UN climate conference finally reached an agreement that includes a historic climate finance deal.  Delegates at COP27 agreed to establish…
Casey Crownhart

I found out my biological age—and was annoyed by the result

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This article is from The Checkup, MIT Technology Review’s weekly biotech newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Thursday, sign up here. You’re only as old as you feel, so they say. Now biological clocks attempt to put a number on it.  These tools analyze proteins in your blood, chemical markers on your DNA, or…
Jessica Hamzelou

Former Twitter employees fear the platform might only last weeks

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Recently departed Twitter staff have told MIT Technology Review they worry that the platform has weeks to live judging from current staffing levels, mass resignations overnight, and the morale of those few who remain.  With some within Twitter estimating that 75% of those remaining plan to quit after Elon Musk sent an email informing them…
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Biotech labs are using AI inspired by DALL-E to invent new drugs

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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 are increasingly…
Will Douglas Heaven

The Download: Neuralink updates, and GPT-3 fixes

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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

In defense of plastic (sort of)

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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

While everyone waits for GPT-4, OpenAI is still fixing its predecessor

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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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