Authoritarian technology and tower-building drones

Despite President Biden’s assurances at the UN meeting on Wednesday that the US is not seeking a new Cold War, one is brewing between the world’s autocracies and democracies –…

This artist dominates AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.

Rutkowski was surprised at first, but decided it might be a good way to reach a new audience. He then tried searching for his name to see if a piece…

The download: protein discovery and the climate crisis in Pakistan

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s happening in the tech world. AI that can design new proteins could help…

The download: blood tests to detect cancer and the great crypto merger

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s happening in the tech world. US begins trial of blood tests that promise…

Roblox avatars are about to get more expressive

Roblox, an online gaming platform where people can either play or create games, has 52.2 million daily users. The company’s initial demographic was under-age, but in recent years it has…

The Download: LinkedIn Scams and Annual Covid Vaccines

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s happening in the tech world. 1,000 Chinese SpaceX Engineers That Never Existed If…

Download: Twitter’s edit button and fossil fuel cleanup

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s happening in the tech world. The edit button won’t solve Twitter’s problems The…

The Download: AI Privacy Risks and Delivery Cleanup

This is today’s edition of The Download,our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s happening in the tech world. What does GPT-3 “know” about me? One of the…

China’s heat wave is wreaking havoc on electric vehicle drivers

China’s record heat wave that began in June has wiped out more than half of the hydropower generation capacity in Sichuan, a southwestern province that typically gets 81 percent of…

The most popular content on Facebook belongs in the trash

But in trying to do that, it demonstrates something else: the most popular content on Facebook is often terrible, recycled generic memes. It’s not necessarily surprising that reposting already popular…