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The walls are closing in on Clearview AI

Controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI has been fined almost $10 million by the UK’s data protection watchdog for collecting the faces of UK citizens from the web and social media. The firm was also ordered to delete all of the data it holds on UK citizens. The move by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the latest in a string of high-profile fines against...


MONDAY 23. MAY 2022


The Download: DeepMind’s AI shortcomings, and China’s social media translation problem

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 hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it Earlier this month, DeepMind presented a new “generalist” AI model called Gato. The model can play the video game Atari, caption…

The hype around DeepMind’s new AI model misses what’s actually cool about it

Earlier this month, DeepMind presented a new “generalist” AI model called Gato. The model can play the video game Atari, caption images, chat, and stack blocks with a real robot arm, the Alphabet-owned AI lab announced. All in all, Gato can do 604 different tasks.  But while Gato is undeniably fascinating, in the week since its release some researchers have gotten a bit carried away....

Equipment management and sustainability

Key takeaways: Modernizing manufacturing processes reduces the amount of equipment, energy, and raw materials used in production and can significantly cut CO2 emissions. The factory floor can act as an important “command-and-control” point for a larger decarbonization journey, particularly now as the sustainability emphasis of firms expands to include Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.…


FRIDAY 20. MAY 2022


The Download: The monkeypox outbreak latest, and the online trail left by mass shooters

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. What you need to know the monkeypox outbreak The news: Monkeypox infections are spreading around the world, with 62 confirmed cases so far, and 55 suspected, according to a database compiled by researchers…


THURSDAY 19. MAY 2022


5G private networks enable business everywhere

The world is rapidly moving from human-directed manufacturing using computerized assembly lines to largely automated smart factories that manufacture more efficiently using real-time data. Considered by many to be the fourth industrial revolution, or “Industry 4.0,” this transformation requires a bevy of technologies to deliver on its promise of ultra-reliable low-latency...

The Download: China’s disinfection obsession, and US anti-disinformation board woes

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 China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything In a one-minute video that went viral in China in early May, three government workers in hazmat suits spray disinfectant all over someone’s home: inside…

Why China is still obsessed with disinfecting everything

In a one-minute video that went viral in China in early May, three government workers in hazmat suits spray disinfectant all over someone’s home: inside the fridge, under the television, over the couch. On social media, Chinese people worried about whether their home would experience the same treatment if they were unlucky enough to catch the virus. Outside China, people have mostly moved on...


WEDNESDAY 18. MAY 2022


I tried to buy an Olive Garden NFT. All I got was heartburn.

Money is weird now. When we were settling in on the theme for our May/June issue, I decided to buy an NFT of an Olive Garden for my friend Katie, who really loves Olive Garden. It was also an attempt to try to better understand NFTs. Each of the “Non-Fungible Olive Gardens,” really just a photo of a restaurant, was minted for $19.99 and listed on the NFT trading platform OpenSea—the...

These materials were meant to revolutionize the solar industry. Why hasn’t it happened?

Solar panels are basically synonymous with silicon. The material is used in about 95% of the panels in today’s market. But silicon solar cells are limited in how much energy they can harness from the sun, and they are still relatively expensive to make.  For many, compounds called perovskites have long held promise as potentially cheaper, lighter, more efficient solar materials. But...


TUESDAY 17. MAY 2022


The Download: Potential new covid treatments, and the crypto crash

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. Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid Covid-19 is far more likely to kill you if you’re old. One reason is that aged immune systems struggle to cope with infections and recover from them. So why not try drugs that make...

Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid

Covid-19 is far more likely to kill you if you’re old. One reason is that aged immune systems struggle to cope with infections and recover from them. So why not try drugs that make bodies young again? That’s the bold idea now being explored in clinical trials around the world, which are testing drugs that reverse the impacts of age on the body, rejuvenate the immune system and clear out aged,...


MONDAY 16. MAY 2022


Crypto is weathering a bitter storm. Some still hold on for dear life.

One shiny premise of DeFi, or decentralized finance—a catch-all term for cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects related to the exchange of value—is that by spreading out and automating operations, and removing power from middlemen like banks, it can offer a system more resilient to global forces, able to survive events like war and economic downturns that pummel traditional markets. Some...


SATURDAY 14. MAY 2022


It will soon be easy for self-driving cars to hide in plain sight. We shouldn’t let them.

Last month, a video went viral that showed a San Francisco police officer, at night, stopping a car that didn’t have its headlights on. Except that this was no ordinary car. As the cop approaches the vehicle, someone off-camera shouts, “Ain’t nobody in it!” The car, operated by Cruise, a subsidiary of General Motors, is completely empty. Just as the cop turns back to his colleague, the...


FRIDAY 13. MAY 2022


Enabling new possibilities for manufacturers by unlocking the value of data from cloud

Thank you for joining us on “The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity.” Watch this panel discussion to hear experts explain how global manufacturers can harness the power of data and analytics on top of cloud. Panel experts include: Scott Anderson, director of IT, enterprise architecture, and BI/data analytics apps, and automation CoE at John Deere; Baledev...

The Download: Europe’s ambitious AI Act, and picturing our galaxy’s black hole

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. A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of It’s a Wild West out there for artificial intelligence. AI applications are increasingly used to make important decisions about humans’…

A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of

It’s a Wild West out there for artificial intelligence. AI applications are increasingly used to make important decisions about humans’ lives with little to no oversight or accountability. This can have devastating consequences: wrongful arrests, incorrect grades for students, and even financial ruin. Women, marginalized groups, and people of color often bear the brunt of AI’s propensity for...


THURSDAY 12. MAY 2022


Transforming the automotive supply chain for the 21st century

Geo-political tensions and digital transformation—which continue to reshape production and assembly processes across various industries—have exposed vulnerabilities in the traditional “just-in-time” (JIT) supply-chain model in the last few years. Pioneered in Japan and popularized by Toyota in the 1970s, the JIT method aims to avoid excess inventory by ordering products and raw materials...