This week’s awesome tech stories on the web (until August 6)

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NEUROSCIENCE

The era of brain-computer interfaces is on the horizon
Grace Brown | Wired
“The real novelty with Synchron’s device, he says, is that surgeons don’t have to open your brain, which makes it much less invasive and therefore less risky for patients. The device, called Stentrode, has a mesh-like design and is about the length of an AAA battery. … Most neurosurgeons are already aware of the basic approach required to introduce it, which reduces a high-risk surgery to a procedure that could send the patient home the same day. ‘And this is the big innovation,” says Kording.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Meta puts its latest AI chatbot on the web for the public to talk about
Jacques-Vincent | The edge
“The real prize is to build a system that can conduct a conversation as free and natural as a human’s, and Meta says the only way to do that is to let bots have free and natural conversations.” lack of tolerance for bots saying unnecessary things, broadly speaking, is unfortunate,” Williamson says. “And what we’re trying to do is release that in a very responsible way and move the research forward.”I

BIOTECHNOLOGY

This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review
“The company, Renewal Bio, is continuing recent advances in stem cell technology and artificial wombs demonstrated by Jacob Hanna, a biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. Earlier this week, Hanna showed that from mouse stem cells, her lab could form very realistic mouse embryos and grow them in a mechanical womb for several days until they developed beating hearts. , flowing blood and cranial folds.

COMPUTING

Supposedly quantum-proof encryption cracked by Basic-Ass PC
Lucas Ropek | Gizmodo
“It turns out that cracking an encryption algorithm meant to withstand the most powerful cyberattacks imaginable may not be as difficult as we were led to believe. In a paper published over the weekend, researchers demonstrated that a PC with a single-core processor (weaker than a decent laptop) could break a “post-quantum” algorithm that had been a competitor for to be the gold standard for encryption in a single hour.”

AUTOMATING

Automated techniques could facilitate AI development
Tammy Xu | MIT Technology Review
“The idea is to get to a point where people can pick a question they want to ask, point an autoML tool at it, and receive the result they’re looking for. That vision is the ‘holy grail of computing’ , says Lars Kotthoff, conference organizer and assistant professor of computer science at the University of Wyoming, “You specify the problem, and the computer figures out how to solve it – and that’s all you do.” First, researchers will need to figure out how to make these techniques more time and energy efficient.

ROBOTICS

Amazon announces deal to buy Roomba Maker for $1.7 billion
Ron Amadeo | Ars-Technica
“The pending acquisition would be the fourth largest ever by Amazon, following the purchase of grocery chain Whole Foods in 2017 ($13.7 billion), film studio MGM in 2021 ($8.45 billion). billion) and medical supplier One Medical last month ($3.9 billion). also to make a robot mower take off.

COMING

Graphene is a Nobel Prize-winning “wonderful material”. Graphyne could replace it
Editorial team | think big
“Graphene is a ‘miracle material’ composed entirely of carbon atoms that has enormous potential in the semiconductor industry. A related molecule, called graphyne, might be even better. Graphyne, however, is difficult to produce. Now chemists have found a way to create it in bulk. The search can now start.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

“A motor for the imagination”: the rise of AI image generators
Jacques-Vincent | The edge
Generated by AI works of art are slowly beginning to reshape culture. Over the past few years, the ability of machine learning systems to generate images from text prompts has increased dramatically in terms of quality, accuracy, and expression. Today, these tools come out of research labs and into the hands of everyday users, where they create new languages ​​of visual expression and, quite possibly, new types of problems.

FUTURE OF FOOD

Plant-Based Burgers Won’t Hurt People’s Beef Addiction
Matt Reynolds | Wired
“The dizzying reversal of the fashion cycle has people wondering: Is the plant-based meat revolution already running out of steam? … Determining whether plant-based meats are replacing beef isn’t something you can tell from stock prices or total retail sales. Instead, we have to rely on data from surveys and analyzes of supermarket shopping baskets. The evidence we have suggests that the Great Shift is not happening (yet). »

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The AI ​​is not sensitive. Why do people say it is?
Cade Metz | The New York Times
“It’s true that as these researchers move forward, Desdemona-like moments where this technology appears to show signs of genuine intelligence, awareness, or sentience are becoming more common. It’s not true that in the labs of Silicon Valley, engineers have built robots that can move, converse and blur the main voice like a human.Technology can’t do that.But it has the power to induce the people in error.

Image credit: Fidel Fernando / Unsplash

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