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The Download: Neuralink updates, and GPT-3 fixes

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 […]

Twitter’s toxicity, and what China’s protestors want

By Scott Wiener, a California state senator who represents San Francisco and northern San Mateo County. 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. In the past when Greene has gone […]

cybersecurity’s next act, and mass protests in China

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 year without being able, yet again, to actually stop hackers. This past year has seen Russian government hacks aimed at Ukraine; more ransomware against hospitals and […]

AI conquers Minecraft, and babies after death

+ Scientists have found a way to mature eggs from transgender men in the lab. It could offer them new ways to start a family—without the need for distressing IVF procedures. Read the full story.  + How reproductive technology is changing what it means to be a parent. Advances could lead to babies with four […]

The Download: climate responsibility, and AI training data shortages

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 […]

Meta’s diplomatic AI, and China’s online comment censorship

China recently published a draft law on its forthcoming social credit system, which will eventually guide how the country builds it. The system is intended to promote trustworthiness in business, education, and almost every other aspect of life. How it will actually achieve this is far from straightforward.  One example of the social credit system’s […]

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

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, […]

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

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 Elon Musk’s demands for loyalty triggered an exodus of Twitter workersHundreds of employees chose to quit instead of signing up to his vision of “hardcore Twitter.” (WP $)+ The soccer World Cup will be a major stress test for what remains […]

The Download: cattle’s deadly tick-borne disease, and molten salt batteries

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 tick-borne disease is killing cattle in the US In the spring of 2021, Cynthia and John Grano, who own a cattle operation in Culpeper County, Virginia, started noticing some of their […]

Restoring Iran’s internet, and justice for a Chinese-American scientist

The must-reads I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 Crypto exchange FTX used customers’ money to fund its risky bets  Things are going from bad to worse for the exchange’s customers. (WSJ $)+ The company is now essentially worthless. (The Guardian)+ Its legal boss told employees he’s trying to […]