But many people feel extremely uncomfortable letting algorithms help make decisions about whether people live or die, and rightly so. Read the full story.
— Melissa Heikkila
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I scoured the internet to find the most hilarious/important/scary/exciting tech stories to date.
1 Russia terrorizes Ukraine with deadly Iranian drones
Unmanned kamikaze drones attack the infrastructure of Kyiv. (FT $)
+ The US government has pledged another billion-dollar aid package. (New Yorker $)
+ China, India and Turkey continue to buy fuel from Russia. (Voice)
2 Kane West Agreed To Buy Parler
What is happening now is anyone’s guess. (CNBC)
+ West said he was forced to make the purchase after being banned from Instagram and Twitter. (bloomberg $)
+ Lately, he has been echoing extremist conspiracy theories. (Voice)
+ When it comes to secondary social platforms, Parler is a very small fry. (Slate)
3 China is struggling to control its fans
Fandoms are notoriously competitive, and they undermine Xi Jinping’s vision of a unified China. (Voice)
+ How China’s biggest online leaders fell from their thrones. (MIT Technology Review)
4 Astronomers witnessed the brightest explosion of all time
This type of gamma-ray burst is estimated to occur once every thousand years. (New scientist $)
5 Why “zero trust” loses its meaning
Partly because not all cybersecurity teams can agree on what this refers to. (Protocol)
6. Iodine pills are not a magic cure for radiation exposure.
However, they can protect one specific part of the body. (Wired $)
+ NATO watches Russia like a hawk for signs of a nuclear attack. (Economist $)
7 We Need To Change The Way We View The Ocean
The researchers argue that this should include giving him the legal right to life. (Motherboard)
+ Sponge cities are changing our relationship with water. (Wired $)
+ The architect made friends with the flood. (MIT Technology Review)
8. The home video surveillance industry thrives on paranoia.
The question is what to do when nothing happens? (Atlantic Ocean $)
+ How Amazon Ring uses domestic violence to sell doorbell cameras. (MIT Technology Review)
9 Teens want to be nice to each other online, actually ❤️
Luckily, there is an app for that. (WSJ $)
10. Bionic nose could help coronavirus patients smell again 👃
Communicating with a brain implant. (IEEE Spectrum)
Quote of the Day
“If you look back on that experience to see what’s going to happen, you’re playing a bad game.”
— John Lovelock, the analyst of Gartner speaks. insider why the current economic uncertainty, driven by inflation rather than money or employment problems, is different from other recessions in recent memory.