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This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 15)

BIOTECH In a First, Man Receives a Heart From a Genetically Altered Pig Roni Caryn Rabin | The New York Times "A 57-year-old man with life-threatening heart disease has received a heart from a genetically modified pig,...

These Were Our Favorite Tech Stories From Around the Web in 2021

Every Saturday we post a curated collection of our favorite articles and news from the week. But now that the year's over, we’ll curate 2021 as a whole. It was another wild one. Tech companies...

These Were the Most-Read Singularity Hub Stories of 2021

If 2020 was all about the pandemic, 2021 was supposed to be about things getting back on track. Let's just say it was a mixed bag. Along with a slower-than-hoped rollout of vaccines, the...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 18)

COMPUTING This 'Breakthrough' in Chipmaking Could Bring Us a Phone With One-Week Battery Life Phillip Tracy | Gizmodo "The world’s largest chipmakers are promising significant performance and efficiency gains within the next decade, and they’re attributing them...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through December 11)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Deepmind Says Its New Language Model Can Beat Others 25 Times Its Size Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review "DeepMind’s main result is an AI with a twist: it’s enhanced with an external...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Training Is Outpacing Moore's Law Samuel K. Moore | IEEE Spectrum "The increase in transistor density would account for a little more than doubling of performance between the early version of the MLPerf benchmarks...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 27)

NEUROSCIENCE Can Digital Reality Be Jacked Directly Into Your Brain? Adam Rogers | Wired "The idea of uploading a synthetic experience into a mind has been a load-bearing member in science fiction for at least 75 years... But...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 20)

COMPUTING This New Startup Has Created a Record-Breaking 256-Qubit Quantum Computer Siobhan Roberts | MIT Technology Review "The QuEra machine is the latest leap in scaling up quantum computing to make it more powerful and capable of...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 13)

COMPUTING Two of World's Biggest Quantum Computers Made in China Charles Q. Choi | IEEE Spectrum "...scientists in China have tested two different quantum computers on what they say are more challenging tasks than Sycamore faced...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 6)

COMPUTING Hologram-in-a-Box Can Teleport You Anywhere John Boyd | IEEE Spectrum "ARHT Media, based in Toronto, Canada, and PORTL Inc., a start-up in Los Angeles, have begun shipping portable plug-and-play, cabinet-based holoportal systems the size of a telephone...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 30)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Are We on the Verge of Chatting With Whales? Christoph Droesser | Hakai Magazine "An ambitious project is attempting to interpret sperm whale clicks with artificial intelligence, then talk back to them. ...If Bronstein’s idea...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 23)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE How AI Is Reinventing What Computers Are Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review " smaller and faster, but they’re still boxes with processors that run instructions from humans. AI changes that on at least...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 16)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Facebook Is Researching AI Systems That See, Hear, and Remember Everything You Do James Vincent | The Verge " imagines AI systems that are constantly analyzing peoples’ lives using first-person video; recording what they see,...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 9)

NEUROSCIENCE How the World's Biggest Brain Maps Could Transform Neuroscience Alison Abbott | Nature "To truly understand how the brain works, neuroscientists also need to know how each of the roughly 1,000 types of cell thought to...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through October 2)

ROBOTICS How DeepMind Is Reinventing the Robot Tom Chivers | IEEE Spectrum "Having conquered Go and protein folding, the company turns to a really hard problem. ...To get to the next level, researchers are trying to fuse...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 25)

COMPUTING Amazing Airborne Microchips Are the Tiniest Human-Built Objects to Take Flight George Dvorsky | Gizmodo "Called 'microfliers,' the tiny devices ride the breeze while falling and leverage the powers of spin to fall in a slow...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 18)

BIOTECH A New Company With a Wild Mission: Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth Carl Zimmer | The New York Times "A team of scientists and entrepreneurs announced on Monday that they have started a new company to...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through September 11)

LONGEVITY Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley's Latest Wild Bet on Living Forever Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review "Altos is pursuing biological reprogramming technology, a way to rejuvenate cells in the lab that some scientists think could...

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

COMPUTING The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore's Law Alive Will Knight | Wired "The technology will be crucial for making more advanced smartphones and cloud computers, and also for key areas of emerging technology such as artificial...

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

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE What Would It Be Like to Be a Conscious AI? We May Never Know Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review "It’s possible that one day there could be as many forms of consciousness as...

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

ENERGY Laser Fusion Experiment Unleashes an Energetic Burst of Optimism Kenneth Chang | The New York Times "Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported on Tuesday that by using 192 gigantic lasers to annihilate a pellet of...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 14)

ROBOTICS CyberDog Is a New Ominous-Looking Robot From Xiaomi James Vincent | The Verge "Looking at pictures of CyberDog...it’s clear Xiaomi isn’t pitching the machine as a rival to Aibo, Sony’s own robot canine. While Aibo is...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 7)

NEUROSCIENCE This Is a Map of Half a Billion Connections in a Tiny Bit of Mouse Brain Tatyana Woodall | MIT Technology Review "Neuroscientists have released the most detailed 3D map of the mammalian brain ever made,...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 31)

ROBOTICS This Robot Made a 100,000-Domino ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Mural in 24 Hours I. Bonifacic | Engadget "Created by YouTuber and former NASA engineer Mark Rober, the Dominator is the result of more than five years of...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 24)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The Ethics of a Deepfake Anthony Bourdain Voice Helen Rosner | The New Yorker "The new documentary 'Roadrunner' uses AI-generated audio without disclosing it to viewers. How should we feel about that? ...On Friday, to...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 17)

COMPUTING Tapping Into the Brain to Help a Paralyzed Man Speak Pam Belluck | The New York Times "He has not been able to speak since 2003, when he was paralyzed at age 20 by a severe...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 10)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Need to Fit Billions of Transistors on Your Chip? Let AI Do It Will Knight | Wired "Google, Nvidia, and others are training algorithms in the dark arts of designing semiconductors—some of which will be...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through July 3)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE GitHub and OpenAI Launch a New AI Tool That Generates Its Own Code Dave Gershgorn | The Verge "Copilot is built on a new algorithm called OpenAI Codex, which OpenAI CTO Greg Brockman describes as a...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 26)

CRYPTOCURRENCY Andreessen Horowitz Goes Ham on Crypto With a New $2.2B Fund Arielle Pardes | Wired "The $2.2 billion Crypto Fund III will be among the largest capital commitments to the crypto ecosystem in history, and about...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 19)

FUTURE OF WORK Kill the 5-Day Work Week Joe Pinsker | The Atlantic "People who work a four-day week generally report that they’re healthier, happier, and less crunched for time; their employers report that they’re more efficient...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 12)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE These Creepy Fake Humans Represent a New Age in AI Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review " are synthetic data designed to feed the growing appetite of deep-learning algorithms. Firms like Datagen offer a compelling...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through June 5)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE China's Gigantic Multi-Modal AI Is No One-Trick Pony A. Tarantola | Engadget "When Open AI's GPT-3 model made its debut in May of 2020, its performance was widely considered to be the literal state of the...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 22)

COMPUTING Google Aims for Commercial-Grade Quantum Computer by 2029 Sara Castellanos | The Wall Street Journal "Alphabet Inc.’s Google plans to spend several billion dollars to build a quantum computer by 2029 that can perform large-scale business and...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 15)

COMPUTING A New Brain Implant Translates Thoughts of Writing Into Text John Timmer | Wired "In early experiments, a paralyzed man with implants in his premotor cortex typed 90 characters per minute—by envisioning he was writing by...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 8)

SPACE Elon Musk Is Maybe, Actually, Strangely, Going To Do This Mars Thing Marina Koren | The Atlantic "Take this path all the way to Boca Chica, past the solar-panel farms and storage sheds, past the little...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through May 1)

ROBOTICS The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now Cade Metz | The New York Times "Real scalpels, artificial intelligence—what could go wrong? ...The project is a part of a much wider effort to bring artificial intelligence...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 24)

COMPUTING Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code Will Knight | Wired "It can take years to learn how to write computer code well. SourceAI, a Paris startup, thinks programming shouldn’t be such a big deal. The company...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 17)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 15 Graphs You Need to See to Understand AI in 2021 Charles Q. Choi | IEEE Spectrum "If you haven’t had time to read the AI Index Report for 2021, which clocks in at 222 pages,...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 10)

INTERNET SpaceX a Handful of Starlink Launches Away From Blanketing Earth in Broadband Eric Mack | CNET "In the next few months, SpaceX could have more than 1,600 of its Starlink satellites in low-Earth orbit, and that may be...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 3)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Here's How We'll Know an AI Is Conscious Joel Frohlich | Nautilus "Just as ethical tragedies arise when we pull the plug on patients who are aware yet unresponsive, similar tragedies will arise if we pull...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 27)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets Will Knight | Wired "Last March, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) invited teams to develop AI systems capable of controlling fighter jets in aerial...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 20)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE The Secret Auction That Set Off the Race for AI Supremacy Cade Metz | Wired "How the shape of deep learning—and the fate of the tech industry—went up for sale in Harrah's Room 731, on...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 13)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE This Chip for AI Works Using Light, Not Electrons Will Knight | Wired "As demand for artificial intelligence grows, so does hunger for the computer power needed to keep AI running. Lightmatter, a startup born at MIT,...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through March 6)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Facebook's New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help Will Knight | Wired "Peer inside an AI algorithm and you’ll find something constructed using data that was curated and labeled by an army...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through February 27)

GENETICS An Extinct Cave Bear's DNA Was Still Readable After 360,000 Years George Dvorsky | Gizmodo "The bone analyzed in the new study—a petrous bone from the inner ear of an extinct cave bear—was approximately seven times...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through February 20)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE A New Artificial Intelligence Makes Mistakes—on Purpose Will Knight | Wired "It took about 50 years for computers to eviscerate humans in the venerable game of chess. A standard smartphone can now play the kind of moves...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through February 13)

VIRTUAL REALITY Epic Games' MetaHuman Creator Lets Developers Create Realistic Digital Humans Within Minutes Dean Takahashi | VentureBeat "Epic Games has unveiled its MetaHuman Creator, a new browser-based app that enables game developers and creators of real-time content...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through February 6)

SPACE SpaceX Announces First 'All-Civilian' Mission to Space Joey Roulette | The Verge "Elon Musk’s SpaceX is planning to send its first 'all-civilian' crew to space at the end of 2021 in a charity-focused mission commanded by...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 30)

3D PRINTING A Real 3D-Printed Home Listing Just Popped Up on Zillow for a Cool $300,000 Sam Rutherford | Gizmodo "Unlike many smaller 3D-printed abodes, the Riverhead home was built on-site rather than constructed in a warehouse...

This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through January 23)

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs Will Knight | Wired "China produces as many artificial intelligence researchers as the US, but it lags in key fields like machine learning. The government hopes...

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