This week’s awesome tech stories on the web (until January 14)

This week’s awesome tech stories on the web (until January 14)

This week’s awesome tech stories on the web (until January 14)


Microsoft bets big on ChatGPT creator in race for AI dominance
Cade Metz and Karen Weise | The New York Times
“Microsoft is in talks to invest an additional $10 billion in OpenAI as it seeks to push its technology even further, according to a person familiar with the matter. The potential $10 billion deal – which would primarily provide OpenAI with even greater amounts of computing power – has not been finalized and the amount of funding could change. But the talks demonstrate the tech giant’s determination to be at the forefront of what has become the fastest growing technology. vogue of technology industry.

The entrepreneur dreaming of an unlimited organ factory
Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review
“…if ‘unlimited organs’ truly become available, it will dramatically increase the number of people who could be eligible, unlocking needs currently hidden by strict transplant rules and procedures. …”We don’t really talk about it, but if there were an unlimited number of organs, you could replace dialysis, replace cardiac assist devices, even replace drugs that don’t work very well,” says [Robert Montgomery, the New York University surgeon who carried out the first transplant of a pig kidney]. “I think there are a million people with heart failure, and how many are getting a transplant? Only 3,500.’I

Last year marked the end of an era in spaceflight – here’s what we’re watching next
Eric Berger | Ars-Technica
“Consider the state of play in 2010: a handful of large government space agencies controlled spaceflight activities. NASA was still flying the venerable space shuttle without a clear plan for deep space exploration. The James Webb Space Telescope remained in development hell.Russia was the world’s dominant launch supplier, putting as many rockets into space that year as the United States and China combined.At the time, spaceflight China’s longest inhabited was four days. A lot has changed in the last decade.”

FDA will no longer require animal testing before human trials for all drugs
Laurent Leffer | Gizmodo
“Instead of being tested on animals, new drugs can now move on to human trials after successful rounds of ‘non-clinical testing’, an umbrella term that includes animal testing but also allows advances technologies such as computer simulations, organ chips and 3D printed body parts to replace animals.

DARPA wants to find a drug that makes you immune to cold
Ed Cara | Gizmodo
“The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for a new way to get comfortable: the agency is funding research into drugs that could protect people from extreme cold. If these efforts are successful, the drugs could have a variety of uses, from treating patients with hypothermia to helping people better explore the Arctic – and, surely DARPA’s primary interest, creating soldiers who are not fazed by the freezing conditions.

If ChatGPT doesn’t get a better understanding of the facts, nothing else matters
Harry McCracken | fast company
“…whenever I discuss with ChatGPT a subject I know well, such as the history of animation, I am particularly struck by its lack of trust. If a dishonest software engineer were to set out to poison our corpus shared knowledge by mass-generating compelling misinformation, the end result might look like this.

The slow death of surveillance capitalism has begun
Morgan Meaker | Wired
“Surveillance capitalism just got kicked. In an ultimatum, the European Union demanded that Meta reform its approach to personalized advertising – a seemingly trivial regulatory move that could have far-reaching consequences for a company that has gotten significantly richer, as Mark Zuckerberg put it, in broadcasting advertisements.

Airbus is testing autonomous flight technology in some of its planes
Andrew J. Hawkins | The edge
Airbus is testing a suite of new automated technologies it says have the potential to improve flight safety and efficiency. The automated technology, which has been dubbed the company’s DragonFly project, includes “automated emergency diversion in cruise, automatic landing and taxi assistance,” says Airbus. The company is testing the new features using an A350-1000 aircraft at Toulouse-Blagnac airport, which is a test site for Airbus.

3D printed houses are the suburbs of the future
Sam Lubell | fast company
“[The 3D printing] the evolution could finally give award-winning architects like EYRC and BIG – long excluded from the formula-driven, multi-billion dollar mass residential construction industry – a workable path; especially if builders are looking to differentiate themselves through innovative lane layouts and home compositions. But while the few 3D-printed tracts now show promise, increasing greenery, durability, and design quality, their repetitive planning and architecture don’t stray far from the norm.

Don’t ban ChatGPT in schools. Teach with.
Kevin Roose | The New York Times
“There are legitimate questions about the ethics of AI-generated writing and concerns about the accuracy of the answers provided by ChatGPT. (Often they are not.) And I sympathize with teachers who believe they have enough to worry about, without adding AI-generated assignments to the mix, but after speaking with dozens of educators over the past few weeks, I’ve come to the conclusion that the banning ChatGPT from the classroom is a bad decision.

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