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The US Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. What does that mean?

The US Supreme Court has ruled to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 legal decision that enshrined abortion as a constitutional right. Ending federal protection for abortion access across the US will have lasting health, emotional, and financial repercussions for millions of people and casts American reproductive rights back 50 years. The final decision ends weeks of speculation...

Yann LeCun has a bold new vision for the future of AI

Around a year and a half ago, Yann LeCun realized he had it wrong.  LeCun, who is chief scientist at Meta’s AI lab and one of the most influential AI researchers in the world, had been trying to give machines a basic grasp of how the world works—a kind of common sense—by training neural networks to predict what was going to happen next in video clips of everyday events. But guessing...

The smart city is a perpetually unrealized utopia

In 1959, in a short essay called “The Great Game to Come,” a little-known Dutch visual artist named Constant Nieuwenhuys described a new utopian city—one that he was soon to dub “New Babylon.” “The technical inventions that humanity has at its disposal today,” he presciently stated, “will play a major role in the construction of the ambiance-cities of the future.” Like nearly...


THURSDAY 23. JUNE 2022



WEDNESDAY 22. JUNE 2022


Maximize business value with data-driven strategies

Every company is collecting data, whether it’s consumer buying habits, demographic data from third-party sources or insights from weather patterns. That’s good news—it wasn’t long ago that this kind of critical information was mostly ignored. But it’s not enough: companies must now start using that data to run every part of their business. There’s more progress to be made:...

Energy-hungry data centers are quietly moving into cities

In 1930, the telegraph giant Western Union put the finishing touches on its new crown jewel: a 24-story art deco building located at 60 Hudson Street in lower Manhattan. Soon after, over a million telegraphs each day shuttled in and out, carried by a network of cables, pneumatic tubes, and 30 employees in roller skates who sped across the building’s linoleum floors. Today, much of it is home...

The world’s biggest surveillance company you’ve never heard of

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 with the Chinese state) has helped make Hikvision the largest...


TUESDAY 21. JUNE 2022


A locust’s brain has been hacked to sniff out cancer

Cyborg locust brains can help spot the telltale signs of human cancer in the lab, a new study has shown. The team behind the work hopes it could one day lead to an insect-based breath test that could be used in cancer screening, or inspire an artificial version that works in much the same way. Other animals have been taught to spot signs that humans are sick. For example, dogs can be trained to...


MONDAY 20. JUNE 2022



SATURDAY 18. JUNE 2022


China wants all social media comments to be pre-reviewed before publishing

China is fine-tuning its censorship machine, this time proposing changes to how to regulate the billions of online comments posted in China every day. On June 17, the internet regulator Cyberspace Administration of China published a draft update on platform and content creator responsibilities in managing online comments. One line stands out: all online comments would have to be pre-reviewed...


FRIDAY 17. JUNE 2022


Homophobic misinformation is making it harder to contain the spread of monkeypox

Homophobic misinformation circulating about monkeypox on social media is hampering efforts to curb the disease’s spread, research conducted on behalf of MIT Technology Review has found. There have been 2,093 confirmed cases of the virus reported worldwide as of June 17. So far cases have mainly been identified among men who have sex with men, according to the World Health Organization. Its...


THURSDAY 16. JUNE 2022


Running Tide is facing scientist departures and growing concerns over seaweed sinking for carbon removal

Running Tide, an aquaculture company based in Portland, Maine, has said it expected to set tens of thousands of tiny floating kelp farms adrift in the North Atlantic between this summer and next. The hope is that the fast-growing macroalgae will eventually sink to the ocean floor, storing away thousands of tons of carbon dioxide…


WEDNESDAY 15. JUNE 2022


Orchestrating workforce ecosystems

Leaders and managers agree that effective management of external contributors, such as freelancers, contract workers, and app developers, is critical to their organization’s success, but not all believe their organization is sufficiently prepared to manage a workforce that will rely more on external workers. The question now is: How can organizations orchestrate this extended workforce?…


TUESDAY 14. JUNE 2022


First-mover advantages of implementing data privacy in countries where data protection laws are under consideration

Thank you for joining us on “The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity.” Increasingly, countries across the globe are enforcing data protection laws. Organizations can stay ahead of new mandates by implementing data privacy norms. Companies must view customers as allies when protecting their privacy and gain their brand loyalty. Click here to...

Accelerate and simplify SASE with zero trust adoption

Thank you for joining us on “The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity.” Watch this video featuring Infosys and Palo Alto Networks discussing how to leverage SASE with zero trust adoption. The discussion covers the best practices and steps needed to ensure robust security of enterprise network perimeters, workloads, and workplaces with a cloud-delivered security platform....

These scientists want to capture more carbon with CRISPR crops

Plants are the original carbon capture factories—and a new research program aims to make them better ones by using gene editing. The Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI), a research group in Berkeley, California, founded by CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna, has announced a new program to use the revolutionary gene-editing tool on plants to boost their aptitude for carbon storage. The initial...

Why sounds and smells are as vital to cities as the sights

When David Howes thinks of his home city of Montreal, he thinks of the harmonious tones of carillon bells and the smell of bagels being cooked over wood fires. But when he stopped in at his local tourism office to ask where they recommend that visitors go to smell, taste, and listen to the city, he just received blank stares. “They only know about things to see, not about the city’s other...


MONDAY 13. JUNE 2022


Making hybrid work

Organizations struggle to find a rhythm in the new hybrid world. The shift from enabling hybrid work to optimizing it to deliver exceptional employee experiences is well underway. Join this session, designed for CIOs and supporting teams, for steps to improve the hybrid work experience for employees through an equitable, collaborative, and inclusive strategy. Recent…

The Download: Marseille’s surveillance fightback, and the endless AI sentience debate

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. Marseille’s battle against the surveillance state Across the world, video cameras have become an accepted feature of urban life. Many cities in China now have dense networks of them, and London and New…


FRIDAY 10. JUNE 2022


How China’s biggest online influencers fell from their thrones

No one had foreseen just how fast three of China’s most powerful influencers would fall. On June 3, Austin Li, a 30-year-old live-streamer with over 60 million followers on the Alibaba-owned e-commerce platform Taobao, abruptly cut off a live stream after a tank-shaped ice cream dessert appeared on the screen. While he later posted that it was due to “technical difficulties,” most people...


THURSDAY 9. JUNE 2022


The Download: Chinese hackers target telecoms, and aviation emissions

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. Chinese hackers exploited years-old software flaws to break into telecom giants The news: Hackers employed by the Chinese government have broken into numerous major telecommunications firms around the world in a cyber-espionage campaign…

The aviation industry can hit its emissions goals, but it needs new fuels

Cutting carbon emissions from planes is going to be difficult—but not impossible. With enough funding, policy support, and alternative fuel, aviation can make enough progress to help the world reach global climate targets by 2050, according to a new report. Today, aviation makes up about 3% of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide. Some airlines and industry groups have made pledges to reach...

Chinese hackers exploited years-old software flaws to break into telecom giants

Hackers employed by the Chinese government have broken into numerous major telecommunications firms around the world in a cyber espionage campaign that has lasted at least two years, according to a new advisory from American security agencies.  The hackers allegedly breached their targets by exploiting old and well-known critical vulnerabilities in popular networking hardware. Once they...


WEDNESDAY 8. JUNE 2022


Cryptocurrency fuels new business opportunities

Cryptocurrency is fast gaining mainstream acceptance as consumers look for innovative ways to diversify their savings, protect against inflation, and save on transaction fees. Big-name brands are taking note: PayPal, Starbucks, AT&T, AMC Theatres, Microsoft, and Whole Foods are among a growing battalion of organizations that now accept payment in cryptocurrencies. In fact, nearly 16,000...