- The dark secret behind these cute AI animal images. Earlier this year, Google Brain introduced its own image-generating AI called Imagen. But don’t expect to see anything unhealthy. Read the full story.
- This avocado chair could be the future of AI. Last year, OpenAI expanded GPT-3 with two new models that combine NLP with image recognition to give AI a better understanding of everyday concepts. Read the full story.
I scoured the internet to find the most hilarious/important/scary/exciting tech stories to date.
1 The Biggest Social Media Companies Sued Before the US Senate
Former and present employees of Meta, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube answered questions about the impact of social media on national security. (TechCrunch)
+ Keeping users’ attention is the main goal of their algorithms. (Protocol)
+ A TikTok spokesperson has not committed to blocking China’s access to US data. (bloomberg $)
2 China wants to reduce its dependence on Western technology
Large investments in local firms are only part of a multi-year plan. (FT $)
+ Cybercriminals are increasingly interested in the personal data of Chinese citizens. (bloomberg $)
+ The FBI accused him of spying for China. It ruined his life. (MIT Technology Review)
3 California is suing Amazon
Blaming him for rising prices across the state. (WSJ $)
+ A two-year fight to stop Amazon from selling facial recognition to the police. (MIT Technology Review)
4 Russia is spying on its citizens
Its authorities are increasingly targeting ordinary people rather than prominent dissidents or journalists. (Slate $)
+ Russian troops are still fleeing from northern Ukraine. (The keeper)
5 dozen artificial intelligences discussed century-old climate negotiations in seconds
They evaluate which policies are most likely to be well received around the world. (New scientist $)
+ The owner of Patagonia gave the company to the fight against climate change. (The keeper)
6 Iranian hackers hijacked victims’ printers to send out ransom notes
Three men have been charged with assaulting people in the US, UK and Iran. (Motherboard)
8. Listening to the stars helps astronomers appreciate what’s inside them.
Eerie-sounding acoustic waves transmit a lot of data. (Economist $)
+ The James Webb Space Telescope has discovered newborn stars. (Space)
+ The next commander of space forces believes that the US needs a constellation of satellites to fight China. (Nikkei Asia)
10 This robot is laughing
Even if it’s not very convincing. (The keeper)
Quote of the Day
“Tesla has yet to create anything even remotely resembling a fully autonomous vehicle.”
— Briggs Matsko, owner of Tesla, explains why he sued the company over the “deceptive” way it promoted its driver assistance systems. Reuters.