That is at this time’s version of The Download, our weekday publication that gives a every day dose of what’s happening on the earth of know-how.
How CRISPR may assist save crops from devastation attributable to pests
For many years, the grape-growers of California have battled Pierce’s Illness, a nasty an infection which causes vines to wither. The arrival of an invasive insect across the late ‘80s supercharged the unfold of the illness, turning it from a nuisance to a nightmare.
The illness nonetheless has no treatment, and it’s liable to getting worse as a result of local weather change. However an unlikely resolution has arrived within the type of CRISPR gene-editing know-how, which permits researchers to alter the pest’s genome in order that it could possibly not unfold the bacterium. Read the full story.
—Emma Foehringer Service provider
Busting three myths about supplies and renewable power
With regards to renewable power, there are specific myths which can be troublesome to shake. The uncooked supplies we have to battle local weather change are sometimes discovered on the middle of among the most pervasive untruths or misunderstandings.
Our local weather reporter Casey Crownhart dove into three of the largest myths linked to local weather change-combatting supplies and renewable energy—demonstrating simply how vital it’s to disregard the hype, and comply with the science. Read the full story.
Casey’s story is from The Spark, her weekly power and local weather publication. Sign up to obtain it in your inbox each Wednesday.
I’ve combed the web to search out you at this time’s most enjoyable/vital/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.
1 Bear in mind Amazon’s drone supply program?
It’s nonetheless struggling to take off. (The Information $)
2 These movies present how Iran violently suppresses protests
Safety forces are beating and opening hearth on civilians. (WP $)
+ Hundreds of demonstrators proceed to rail in opposition to authorities, although. (WSJ $)
3 Whisper is ChatGPT’s quieter cousin
The accuracy of the transcription mannequin, additionally made by OpenAI, is near-perfect. (New Yorker $)
+ ChatGPT is launching a subscription tier for $20 a month. (Gizmodo)
+ Microsoft’s wasted no time integrating ChatGPT into Groups. (Reuters)
+ OpenAI is an actual breeding floor for AI expertise. (The Information $)
+ Persons are already utilizing ChatGPT to create exercise plans. (MIT Technology Review)
4 The essential position satellites will play in house warfare
They acquire information to disclose rivals’ places and weapons techniques. (Wired $)
+ battle a battle in house (and get away with it) (MIT Technology Review)
5 Instagram’s founders have launched a AI-aggregated information app
They consider Artifact can bust the information echo chambers popularized by Twitter. (FT $)
6 We don’t absolutely know the way psychedelics can alter our brains
All of the extra purpose to train warning earlier than you develop your thoughts. (The Atlantic $)
+ Thoughts-altering substances are being overhyped as marvel medication. (MIT Technology Review)
7 Are you able to really feel the metaverse?
Haptic tech is the subsequent step to creating immersive experiences extra life-like. (Economist $)
+ In the meantime, Meta’s metaverse labs are nonetheless hemorrhaging cash. (Insider $)
8 Overlook 3D-printers, it is a 3D-printing manufacturing facility
It’s all about scale, child. (Bloomberg $)
+ Meet the designers printing homes out of salt and clay. (MIT Technology Review)
9 Voice-dictated textual content messages are riddled with errors
Goof duck decoding them! (WSJ $)
10 TikTok’s ‘fortunate lady syndrome’ is simply one other time period for manifesting
Gen Z has found the facility of constructive pondering. (Vox)
+ Tiktok’s ‘darkish psychology’ pattern sounds lots like gaslighting to me. (Vice)
Quote of the day
“Privateness has been extinguished. It’s now a zombie.”
—Shoshana Zuboff, professor emerita at Harvard Enterprise Faculty, highlights a similarity between western tech giants and China’s surveillance state in an interview with the Financial Times.
The large story
How megacities could lead on the battle in opposition to local weather change
In 2050, 2.5 billion extra folks will stay in cities than do at this time. Because the world grows extra urbanized, many cities have gotten extra populous whereas additionally attempting to scale back carbon emissions and blunt the impacts of local weather change.
Within the coming many years, cities will likely be engines of financial progress. However they have to additionally play a key position in confronting local weather change. Find out how among the world’s greatest cities—known as megacities—are rising to this problem. Read the full story.
—Gabrielle Merite & Andre Vitorio
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A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre instances. (Obtained any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)
+ Atlas has fallen—and I’m cackling on the blooper reel (thanks Will!)
+ Don’t fear if your own home’s trying a bit untidy as of late, even the queen of fresh Marie Kondo is easing off on the dusting.
+ These exhibitions are effectively value trotting the globe for.
+ I’m determined to go to this breathtaking sea serpent sculpture on a French seashore.
+ This cat is a few form of well-hydrated genius.