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The porcelain challenge didn’t need to be real to get views
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Thanks so much for joining me for this weekly climate newsletter, where we’ll explore tech that could help combat the climate crisis. I’m so glad you’re here!
This week, we’re kicking things off with a special travel edition of the newsletter. So buckle up, because we’re headed to the mountains just outside Reno, Nevada to...
DeepMind’s game-playing AI has beaten a 50-year-old record in computer science
Despite what you may have heard, the teens are not stealing their family’s fine dinnerware, tossing it in a blender, and snorting the resulting dust for the “porcelain challenge.” That’s just what Sebastian Durfee, a 23-year-old actor and TikTok creator, hoped you might believe when he spread the word on social media of the latest dangerous teen challenge.
Never mind that it was...
The Download: China’s covid pop-up, and resolving Twitter’s ownership row
DeepMind has used its board-game playing AI AlphaZero to discover a faster way to solve a fundamental math problem in computer science, beating a record that has stood for more than 50 years.
The problem, matrix multiplication, is a crucial type of calculation at the heart of many different applications, from displaying images on a screen to simulating complex physics. It is also fundamental...
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 the covid pop-up window is wreaking havoc on daily life in China In 2020, China rolled out a contact tracing program that assigns a QR code to everyone in the country. It…
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How the covid pop-up window is wreaking havoc on daily life in China
Welcome back! Hope you are not stuck in highway traffic if you are enjoying the National Day holiday in China.
Though maybe it’s still better than staying at home—after all, travel feels like such a luxury in China today. While the rest of the world drops its remaining covid-related travel restrictions, even a short trip in China is plagued by flight cancellations, mandatory...