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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 15)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 15)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review“At the start of the week, Liam Porr had only heard of GPT-3. By the end, the college student had used the AI model to produce an entirely fake blog under a fake name. It was meant as a fun experiment. But then one of his posts found its way to the number-one spot on Hacker News. Few people noticed that his blog was completely AI-generated. Some even hit ‘Subscribe.'”Emily Mullin | One Zero“Scientists have long...

August 15, 2020
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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 8)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 8)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Lisa Prevost | The New York Times“…cleaning robots are having a moment in commercial real estate. Their creators are promoting the machines as cost-effective solutions to the cleaning challenges posed by the pandemic. They can be put to frequent use without requiring more paid labor hours, they are always compliant, and some can even provide the data to prove that they have scoured every inch assigned.”Lily Hay Newman | Wired“ Stay got a weird...

August 8, 2020
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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 1)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 1)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.James Vincent | The Verge“What makes GPT-3 amazing, they say, is not that it can tell you that the capital of Paraguay is Asunción (it is) or that 466 times 23.5 is 10,987 (it’s not), but that it’s capable of answering both questions and many more beside simply because it was trained on more data for longer than other programs. If there’s one thing we know that the world is creating more and more of, it’s data and computing power, which means...

August 1, 2020
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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 25)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 25)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review“‘Playing with GPT-3 feels like seeing the future,’ Arram Sabeti, a San Francisco–based developer and artist, tweeted last week. That pretty much sums up the response on social media in the last few days to OpenAI’s latest language-generating AI.”Sarah Bahr | The New York Times“Erica was created by Hiroshi Ishiguro, a roboticist at Osaka University in Japan, to be ‘the most beautiful woman in the...

July 25, 2020
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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 18)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 18)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review“The results are startlingly impressive and demonstrate a new path for using unsupervised learning, which trains on unlabeled data, in the development of computer vision systems. …The fact that iGPT uses the same algorithm as GPT-2 also shows its promising adaptability. This is in line with OpenAI’s ultimate ambition to achieve more generalizable machine intelligence.”Luke Dormehl | Digital Trends“A few years ago,...

July 18, 2020
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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 11)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 11)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Megan Molteni | Wired“Tessera has spent the past two years developing a new class of molecular manipulators capable of doing lots of things CRISPR can do—and some that it can’t, including precisely plugging in long stretches of DNA. It’s not gene editing, says von Maltzahn. It’s ‘gene writing.’ ”Abdi Lahif Dahir | The New York Times“A fleet of high-altitude balloons started delivering internet service to Kenya on Tuesday, extending online access...

July 11, 2020
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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 4)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 4)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Kyle Orland | Ars Technica“…researchers at Facebook Reality Labs are using holographic film to create a prototype VR display that looks less like ski goggles and more like lightweight sunglasses. With a total thickness less than 9mm—and without significant compromises on field of view or resolution—these displays could one day make today’s bulky VR headset designs completely obsolete.”Timothy B. Lee | Ars Technica“It’s a remarkable milestone for a...

July 4, 2020
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Why Bitcoin Will Be Crucial in Our Cashless Future

Why Bitcoin Will Be Crucial in Our Cashless Future

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Cold, hard cash is king. But maybe not much longer. In many countries, cash transactions are all but disappearing.People just 20 percent of the time in Sweden and only 14 percent of the time in South Korea. While these two countries are extreme examples, cash is on the decline elsewhere too. With widespread electronic payment methods—like credit cards, apps, and smartphones—fewer and fewer people are carrying wallets stuffed with paper.What would...

June 27, 2020
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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 27)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 27)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.Aarian Marshal | Wired“Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says his company wants to be the ‘Amazon for transportation.’ Friday, Amazon made clear that it intends to be the Amazon for transportation. The ecommerce giant said it had agreed to acquire Bay Area-based autonomous vehicle company Zoox, a deal reportedly worth more than $1 billion.”Kashmir Hill | The New York Times“Mr. Williams knew that he had not committed the crime in question. What he could...

June 27, 2020
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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 20)

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 20)

Sign inWelcome! Log into your accountyour usernameyour passwordPassword recoveryRecover your passwordyour emailA password will be e-mailed to you.James Vincent | The Verge“It’s a hefty price tag, equal to the base price for a luxury Tesla Model S. But Boston Dynamics says, for that money, you’re getting the most advanced mobile robot in the world, able to go pretty much anywhere a human can (as long as there are no ladders involved).”Justin Rowlatt | BBC“Elon Musk has perhaps the most exciting portfolio of businesses on the planet. …So which one will end up changing the world most? It is my...

June 20, 2020
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