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

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 […]

Authoritarian tech, and tower-building drones

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 fueling it. Late last week, Iran, Turkey, Myanmar, and a handful of other countries took steps toward becoming full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization […]

The Download: discovering proteins, and Pakistan’s climate crisis

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. An AI that can design new proteins could help unlock new cures and materials What’s happened?: A new AI tool could help researchers discover previously unknown proteins and design entirely new ones. When […]

Quantum-resistant algorithms, and Google’s antitrust challenge

Cryptographic algorithms are what keep us safe online, protecting our privacy and securing the transfer of information. But many experts fear that quantum computers could one day break these algorithms, leaving us open to attack from hackers and fraudsters. And those quantum computers may be ready sooner than many people think. That’s why there is […]

The Download: LinkedIn scammers, and annual covid shots

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 1,000 Chinese SpaceX engineers who never existed If you were just looking at his LinkedIn page, you’d certainly think Mai Linzheng was a top-notch engineer. With a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua, China’s […]

Memory prosthesis, and rising nuclear plant risks

The news: A unique form of brain stimulation appears to boost people’s ability to remember new information—by mimicking the way our brains create memories. The “memory prosthesis,” which involves inserting an electrode deep into the brain, also seems to work in people with memory disorders—and is even more effective in people who had poor memory […]

The Download: Twitter’s edit button, and cleaning up fossil fuels

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. An edit button won’t fix Twitter’s problems The lowdown: After years of requests, Twitter is finally introducing an edit button, giving its users the ability to change their tweets up to 30 minutes […]

The Download: the impact of video games, and healthy brains

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. We may never fully know how video games affect our well-being For decades, lawmakers, researchers, journalists, and parents have worried that video games are bad for us: that they encourage violent behavior or […]

The Download: electric planes, and trans men’s fertility

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 is what’s keeping electric planes from taking off What’s happening?: Startups are exploring how electric planes could clean up air travel, which accounts for about 3% of global greenhouse-gas emissions. The reductions […]

The Download: tech’s gender gap, and how Gen Z handles misinformation

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. Why can’t tech fix its gender problem? Despite the tech sector’s great wealth and loudly self-proclaimed corporate commitments to the rights of women, LGBTQ+ people, and racial minorities, the industry remains mostly a […]

Experimental embryos and the US monkeypox emergency

In a search for novel forms of longevity medicine, a biotech company based in Israel says it intends to create embryo-stage versions of people in order to harvest tissues for use in transplant treatments. The company, Renewal Bio, is pursuing recent advances in stem-cell technology and artificial wombs, demonstrated by Jacob Hanna, a biologist at […]

Repairing pig cells and Pelosi’s trip fallout

The news: A new system called OrganEx stopped the deterioration of cells in pig organs one hour after the animal’s death, a finding that suggests cells don’t die as quickly as previously understood. The technology successfully restored blood circulation and repaired damaged cells in the pigs. Why it matters: Experts have called the research “truly […]

Weibo crashed after users rushed to track Nancy Pelosi’s plane on the way to Taiwan

The global outbreak of monkeypox has so far led to more than 24,000 cases in over 80 countries, and the World Health Organization has warned that the window of opportunity to contain the disease and prevent it from becoming endemic outside Africa is rapidly closing. Vaccines represent a potentially crucial measure. Monkeypox vaccines are already […]

US-built EV batteries, and California’s monkeypox emergency

The news: The US Senate Democrats released a bill last week that could significantly cut the country’s carbon emissions. One of the bill’s key components is an extension of electric vehicle tax credits, which are designed to help push adoption of EVs by giving buyers $7,500 credit towards purchasing a qualifying new electric vehicle, or […]

Plus: The system behind organ transplants is in urgent need of overhaul

The must-reads I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology. 1 Chipmakers are already scrapping for the $52 billion CHIPS fundingWhile the cash is a welcome boost to the industry, the struggle is far from over. (FT $) 2 The software that manages organ transplants is dangerously outdatedExasperated transplant doctors […]

The semiconductor bill is uniting political rivals

The news: Last month, Stanford’s Sewer Coronavirus Alert Network, or SCAN, added monkeypox to the suite of viruses it checks wastewater for daily. Since then, the virus has been detected in 10 of the 11 sewer systems that SCAN tests, including those in Sacramento, Palo Alto, and several other cities in California’s Bay Area. Why […]

Donald Trump’s online fans are contradicting and confusing each other

Spoiler alert: our annual Innovators Under 35 list isn’t actually about what a small group of smart young people have been up to (although that’s certainly part of it.) It’s really about where the world of technology is headed next. As you read about the problems this year’s winners have set out to solve, you’ll […]

Plus: Why we need smarter cities and not “smart cities”

The ad reads like an offer of salvation: Cancer kills many people. But there is hope in Apatone, a proprietary vitamin C–based mixture, that is “KILLING cancer.” The substance, an unproven treatment that is not approved by the FDA, is not available in the United States. If you want Apatone, the ad suggests, you need […]

Massive data centers are creeping into cities

You may never have heard of Hikvision, but chances are you’ve already been captured by one of its millions of cameras. The Chinese company’s products can be found anywhere from police surveillance systems to baby monitors in more than 190 countries. Its ability to make decent-quality products at cheap prices (as well as its ties […]

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