The Download: hydrogen’s potential, and Twitter’s terrorism accusations

The Download: hydrogen’s potential, and Twitter’s terrorism accusations

This is at the moment’s version of The Download, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a every day dose of what’s happening on the earth of know-how.

When hydrogen will assist local weather change—and when it gained’t. 

Hydrogen is usually heralded as a local weather hero as a result of when it’s used as a gas in issues like buses or metal manufacturing, there are not any direct carbon emissions to fret about. As the world tries to chop down on our use of fossil fuels, there may very well be loads of new demand for this carbon-free power supply.

But how hydrogen is made may decide simply how useful it’s. Last week, the European Commission launched guidelines that outline what it means for hydrogen to be inexperienced. But what does that imply, precisely, and the way may we produce it? Read the full story.

—Casey Crownhart

Casey’s story is from The Spark, her weekly local weather e-newsletter supplying you with the within monitor on all issues power. Sign up to obtain it in your inbox each Wednesday.

New report: Generative AI in industrial design and engineering

Generative AI has the potential to rework industrial design and engineering, making it extra essential than ever for leaders in these industries to remain forward. So MIT Technology Review has created a brand new analysis report that highlights the potential advantages—and pitfalls— of this new know-how. 

The report consists of two case research from main industrial and engineering corporations which are already making use of generative AI to their work—and a ton of takeaways and greatest practices from trade leaders. It is available now to download for $195

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you at the moment’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 The Supreme Court is contemplating whether or not Twitter aided terrorists
The justices are anticipated to return to a conclusion by June. (Vox)
+ The case is the second this week to probe web platforms’ authorized legal responsibility. (NYT $)
+ The courtroom appears cautious about making sweeping authorized adjustments. (Bloomberg $)

2 Bing doesn’t wish to discuss your emotions
And it’ll shut down any immediate that mentions “emotions,” so don’t even attempt. (Bloomberg $)
+ The ChatGPT-fueled battle for search is larger than Microsoft or Google. (MIT Technology Review)
+ Europe’s AI startups are being overshadowed by their US rivals. (Sifted)
+ Why Microsoft’s Clippy mascot is ChatGPT’s non secular predecessor. (Fast Company $)

3 Google claims to have reached a quantum milestone
It says it’s discovered a solution to right the errors current in at the moment’s quantum machines. (FT $)
+ What’s subsequent for quantum computing. (MIT Technology Review)

4 Russian propagandists are shopping for Twitter blue checks
Allowing them to unfold misinformation underneath a veil of legitimacy. (WP $)
+ Russia-controlled publication RT continues to be on YouTube, regardless of supposedly being banned. (The Guardian)

5 A serious ransomware assault tried to extort victims’ bitcoin
It’s apparently probably the most widespread ransomware assaults on document. (FT $)
+ The US authorities is investigating how army emails had been leaked. (Bloomberg $)
+ Why the ransomware disaster all of a sudden feels so relentless. (MIT Technology Review)

6 Arizona is limbering as much as turn into a serious US chip hub
Just in time for the US authorities to grant federal funding. (NYT $)
+ These easy design guidelines may flip the chip trade on its head. (MIT Technology Review)

7 Your smartwatch may intervene along with your pacemaker
Wearables can generate electrical interference that stops cardiac gadgets from working correctly.(The Guardian)

8 Take a uncommon take a look at the Korean Peninsula’s demilitarized zone
Courtesy of Google Street View. (WSJ $)

9 How to create an AI clone of your self
While it appears to be like the half, the voice tends to be a dead giveaway. (Motherboard)

10 Your headphones may very well be produced from mushrooms sooner or later
This explicit fungus is rising as a viable plastic alternative. (The Verge)
+ Shrimp shells are the brand new leather-based, too. (Wired $)

Quote of the day

“‘Commenting for attain’ turns us all into dribbling robots on the toes of the algorithm.”

—Olivia Nelson, who works at an training know-how firm, has had sufficient of LinkedIn customers writing ‘commenting for attain’ on posts in a blatant effort to make them go viral, she tells the Wall Street Journal.

The huge story

The cognitive dissonance of watching the tip of Roe unfold on-line

August 2022

When the United States Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade on the morning of June 24, 2022, 1000’s of individuals first heard the choice by studying information web site SCOTUSblog. Katie Barlow, the weblog’s media editor, was one of many few correspondents on digicam the second the opinion was launched, studying it out to her viewers on TikTok.

These days, the telephone would possibly nonetheless be the way you realized of the choice made by six justices, however now that machine may allow us to assist somebody we’ve by no means met earlier than journey to a state the place abortion continues to be authorized. Read the full story.

—Melissa Gira Grant

We can nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre occasions. (Got any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

  • I actually loved the surprising wonders of Google Reviews (thanks Charlotte!)
    + What do you imply, a bar of soap doesn’t really stop stressed leg syndrome!?
    + It’s honest to say that farcical horror film Winnie the Pooh: Blood and Honey hasn’t been a lot poorly obtained, as savaged by the critics.
    + This mesmerizing timelapse of a nesting blue tit is actually very candy.
    + If I lived in seventeenth century Germany, I’d undoubtedly be pressured to put on one among these gossip punishment masks.



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