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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through February 4)

TECH ChatGPT May Be the Fastest Growing App in History Lauren Leffer | Gizmodo "In January, just two months after the program’s public launch, ChatGPT reached 100...

AI Is Helping Astronomers Search for Intelligent Alien Life—and They’ve Found 8 Strange New Signals

Some 540 million years ago, diverse life forms suddenly began to emerge from the muddy ocean floors of planet Earth. This period is known...

Maryland Wants to Be the First US State to Adopt a 4-Day Work Week

Last summer, the biggest four-day work week trial in the world kicked off in the UK. 3,300 people started working 80 percent of their...

Watch This Shape-Shifting Robot Melt to Escape a Cage, Then Reform

Flight. Invisibility. Mind-reading. Super-strength. These powers have mostly been limited to the realms of science fiction and fantasy, though we’re starting to see robots...

AI-Powered Brain Implant Smashes Speed Record for Turning Thoughts Into Text

We speak at a rate of roughly 160 words every minute. That speed is incredibly difficult to achieve for speech brain implants. Decades in the...

New ‘Mega Ranch’ Will Grow 45 Million Pounds of Mushroom Root for Plant-Based Meat

Last July, New York-based startup MyForest foods announced the opening of a vertical farm that would grow three million pounds of mycelium a...

Technology Over the Long Run: Zoom Out to See How Dramatically the World Can Change Within a Lifetime

Technology can change the world in ways that are unimaginable, until they happen. Switching on an electric light would have been unimaginable for our...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 28)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Has Designed Bacteria-Killing Proteins From Scratch—and They Work Karmela Padavic-Callaghan | New Scientist "The AI, called ProGen, works in a similar way to AIs that...
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AstroForge’s Space Mining Tech Will Get Its First Real-World Test This Year

Asteroid mining has long caught the imagination of space entrepreneurs, but conventional wisdom has always been that it's little more than a pipe dream....

Deepfakes: Faces Created by AI Now Look More Real Than Genuine Photos

Even if you think you are good at analyzing faces, research shows many people cannot reliably distinguish between photos of real faces and images...

CRISPR’s Wild First Decade Only Scratches the Surface of Its Potential

Ten years ago, a little-known bacterial defense mechanism skyrocketed to fame as a powerful genome editor. In the decade since, CRISPR-Cas9 has spun off...

Electric Vehicle Batteries Could Meet Grid-Scale Storage Needs by 2030

Boosting the role of renewables in our electricity supply will require a massive increase in grid-scale energy storage. But new research suggests that electric...

Google Scrambles to Catch Up in the Wake of OpenAI’s ChatGPT

Google is one of the biggest companies on Earth. Google's search engine is the front door to the internet. And according to recent reports,...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 21)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE What Happens When AI Has Read Everything? Ross Andersen | The Atlantic "Artificial intelligence has in recent years proved itself to be a quick study,...

Affordable Cultured Meat Is a Step Closer With New Approval

In 2020, California-based Good Meat became the first company in the world to start selling lab-grown meat. Its cultured chicken has been on the...

Astronomers Reveal the Most Detailed Radio Image Yet of the Milky Way’s Galactic Plane

Two major astronomy research programs, called EMU and PEGASUS, have joined forces to resolve one of the mysteries of our Milky Way: where are...

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