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The must-reads

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

1 China is struggling to deal with the sheer quantity of covid deaths
Satellite imagery suggests crematoriums and funeral parlors are overwhelmed. (WP $)
+ Infections are more likely to climb additional as China celebrates the Lunar New Year. (Wired $)

2 The US is underneath strain to expel Jair Bolsonaro
The former Brazilian president has been accused of whipping up home terrorism. (FT $) 
+ Facebook and YouTube say they’re taking down footage of the riots (Reuters)
+ Priceless work have been destroyed within the carnage. (The Guardian)

3 Microsoft’s new AI can simulate voices from simply three seconds of audio
Spookily, VALL-E is reportedly adept at preserving the speaker’s tone. (Ars Technica)
+ Microsoft is weighing up investing $10 billion into OpenAI. (Semafor)
+ DALL-E-esque AI fashions are creating new proteins. (NYT $)

4 The EU desires to control your favourite AI instruments
That’ll be simpler stated than finished, although. (MIT Technology Review)

5 The UK’s first area mission try was a moist squib
Virgin Orbit’s rocket carrying the primary satellites to launch from Britain failed to succeed in altitude. (Bloomberg $)
+ An “anomaly” was accountable, apparently. (New Scientist $)
+ The crowd that gathered to observe the launch nonetheless had a good time, although. (Reuters)

6 What abortion tablets characterize in a post-Roe world
Anti-abortion advocates are extra decided than ever—however so are their opponents. (Vox)
+ The cognitive dissonance of watching the tip of Roe unfold on-line. (MIT Technology Review)

7 What is cancel tradition with out Twitter? 
If Twitter dies, there’s no apparent alternative for airing grievances. (The Atlantic $)
+ We’re witnessing the mind loss of life of Twitter. (MIT Technology Review)

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