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The Download: restoring Iran’s internet, and justice for a Chinese-American scientist

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. Big Tech could help Iranian protesters by using an old tool After the Iranian government took extreme measures to limit internet use in response to the pro-democracy protests that have filled Iranian streets…

This toddler is the first to have been treated for her disease before she was born

This article is from The Checkup, MIT Technology Review’s weekly biotech newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Thursday, sign up here. According to her parents, Ayla Bashir is “a miracle.” The talkative and smiley 15-month-old is also a pioneer—the first person to start receiving medical treatment for her genetic disorder before even being born. Ayla is the first...


THURSDAY 10. NOVEMBER 2022


A wrongfully terminated Chinese-American scientist was just awarded nearly $2 million in damages

It’s been almost a decade since the Chinese-American hydrologist Sherry Chen’s life was turned upside down by an unfounded accusation of spying, and this week, she finally received something like justice.  Today, Chen’s lawyers announced that the scientist won a historic $1.8 million settlement from the US Commerce Department for her wrongful prosecution and subsequent termination...

This sci-fi blockchain game could help create a metaverse that no one owns

Start exploring in Dark Forest, and you quickly realize just how much you don’t know.  The universe is vast, and most of it is shrouded in darkness. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to venture into the unknown, avoid being destroyed by opposing players who may be lurking in the dark, and build an empire of the planets you discover and can make your own. But while the...


WEDNESDAY 9. NOVEMBER 2022


The Download: capturing carbon with seagrass, and China’s election interference

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. Inside Alphabet X’s new effort to combat climate change with seagrass For years, Tidal, a project within Alphabet’s “moonshot factory” X division, has been using cameras, computer vision and machine learning to get…

China is copying Russia’s election interference playbook

China Report is MIT Technology Review’s newsletter about technology developments in China. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday. Last week I was in Boston attending EmTech MIT, our signature annual event, and since then I’ve been thinking about all the interesting ideas I heard—from programming vaccines to work against different diseases to increasing…

Inside Alphabet X’s new effort to combat climate change with seagrass

In late September, Bianca Bahman snorkeled above a seagrass meadow off the western coast of Flores, a scorpion-shaped volcanic island in eastern Indonesia. As she flutter-kicked over the green seabed, Bahman steered an underwater camera suspended on a pair of small pontoons. The stereoscopic camera captures high-resolution footage from two slightly different angles, creating a…


TUESDAY 8. NOVEMBER 2022


Here’s how a Twitter engineer says it will break in the coming weeks

On November 4, just hours after Elon Musk fired half of the 7,500 employees previously working at Twitter, some people began to see small signs that something was wrong with everyone’s favorite hellsite. And they saw it through retweets. Twitter introduced retweets in 2009, turning an organic thing people were already doing — pasting someone else’s username and tweet preceded by the...

Where will AI go next?

To receive The Algorithm newsletter in your inbox every Monday, sign up here. Welcome to the Algorithm!  This year we’ve seen a dizzying number of breakthroughs in generative AI, from AIs that can produce videos from just a few words to models that can generate audio based on snippets of a song.  Last week, Google held an AI event in its swanky,...


MONDAY 7. NOVEMBER 2022


YouTube wants to take on TikTok and put its Shorts videos on your TV

YouTube Shorts, the video website’s TikTok-like feature, has become one of its latest obsessions, with more than 1.5 billion users watching short-form content on their devices every month. And now YouTube wants to expand that number by bringing full-screen, vertical videos into your TV, MIT Technology Review can reveal. From today, users worldwide will see a row of videos from Shorts high...

The future of manufacturing is iterative, collaborative and data-driven

Digital transformation has been positioned as a cure-all to many of the challenges today’s enterprises face. But to fully reap the benefits of a digital transformation, businesses need to do more than just adopt the latest tools and apps. They also have to change their attitudes, practices and processes around data and technology, throughout their own organization and in their interactions with...


FRIDAY 4. NOVEMBER 2022


Here’s how personalized brain stimulation could treat depression

This article is from The Checkup, MIT Technology Review’s weekly biotech newsletter. To receive it in your inbox every Thursday, sign up here. Sending a jolt of electricity through a person’s brain can do remarkable things. You only have to watch the videos of people with Parkinson’s disease who have electrodes implanted in their brains. They can go from struggling to walk to...


THURSDAY 3. NOVEMBER 2022


Twitter may have lost more than a million users since Elon Musk took over

In the days after Elon Musk’s October 27 purchase of Twitter was confirmed by his tweet saying “the bird is freed,” many Twitter users have threatened to leave, unhappy about the new ownership. People always threaten to leave Twitter and then often fail to follow through—but new data suggests that a significant number of users really are  abandoning the platform this time. The...

Smartphone data from drivers could help spot when bridges need urgent repairs

Smartphones could be used to monitor the safety of bridges much more quickly and cheaply than currently possible, providing engineers with data they can use to fix the structures before they become dangerously unstable. Usually, bridges’ state of repair is monitored in one of two ways: either engineers visually inspect them for cracks and faults, or sensors collect data about their vibrations...

The Download: updates from our flagship EmTech event, and cleaning up the grid

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 latest news and announcements from EmTech 2022 Which technologies are creating new opportunities for our planet, our bodies and our businesses? That question was at the forefront of yesterday’s EmTech 2022—MIT Technology…

How to grow a smarter skin

12.25 That’s it for this morning’s sessions! We’re going to take an hour’s break for lunch, but will be back afterwards when my colleague Tammy Xu is going to be handling our AI sessions. Catch you later! 12.15 Matsuhisa has been working on stretchable sensors and displays that could be installed on your skin, flexible…

How new versions of solar, wind, and batteries could help the grid

Hello hello, welcome back to The Spark!  I’m back in Boston again this week, this time for one of my favorite events of the year, EmTech MIT. The program covers everything from crypto to CRISPR, and I’ll be hosting a session this week called “Future Clean Energy Solutions.” In the session, I’ll be chatting with innovators focused on three different areas of renewable energy: solar,...


WEDNESDAY 2. NOVEMBER 2022


Better developer platforms are the key to better digital products

The move to thinking about “products” instead of “projects” should be welcomed when it comes to developer tooling. At a time when hiring and retaining talent—technical or otherwise—is one of the biggest concerns for organizations, paying attention to the needs of internal customers can only be a good thing. However, for all the benefits of this turn to product-thinking, too often it...

A new age of disaster recovery planning for SMEs

Today’s cyberthreat landscape has become increasingly complex. Gone are the days when devastation to enterprises’ data and IT systems was caused solely by force majeure events and physical terrorist attacks. Rising geopolitical tensions, fast-tracked digital transformation, and remote and hybrid working styles driven by the pandemic have made both public and private organizations across the...