The Obtain: 2022’s greatest tales, and what’s subsequent for AI


That is as we speak’s version of The Obtain, our weekday publication that gives a day by day dose of what’s happening on the planet of expertise.

Our favourite tales of 2022

We wish to suppose we’ve had an incredible yr right here at MIT Know-how Assessment. Our tales have received quite a few awards (this story from our journal received Gold within the AAAS awards) and our investigations have helped make clear unjust insurance policies.

So this yr we requested our writers and editors to comb again by way of the previous 12 months and attempt to decide only one story that they cherished probably the most—after which inform us why. That is what they stated.

What’s subsequent for AI

In 2022, AI obtained inventive. AI fashions can now produce remarkably convincing items of textual content, footage, and even movies, with just a bit prompting. It’s solely been 9 months since OpenAI set off the generative AI explosion with the launch of DALL-E 2, a deep-learning mannequin that may produce photos from textual content directions. That was adopted by a breakthrough from Google and Meta: AIs that may produce movies from textual content. And it’s solely been just a few weeks since OpenAI launched ChatGPT, the newest giant language mannequin to set the web ablaze with its stunning eloquence and coherence.

The tempo of innovation this yr has been exceptional—and at instances overwhelming. Who may have seen it coming? And the way can we predict what’s subsequent?

Our in-house specialists Will Douglas Heaven and Melissa Heikkilä inform us the 4 greatest tendencies they anticipate to form the AI panorama in 2023. Learn the total story

Mind stimulation is perhaps extra invasive than we expect

At the moment, there are many neurotechnologies that may learn what’s happening in our brains, modify the best way they operate, and alter the wiring. Deep mind stimulation, for instance, includes implanting electrodes deep into the mind to stimulate neurons and management the best way mind areas hearth. It’s thought of fairly invasive, within the medical sense.

Different remedies, akin to transcranial magnetic stimulation, which includes passing a tool formed like a determine 8 over an individual’s head to ship a magnetic pulse to elements of the mind and to intervene with its exercise, are thought of “noninvasive” as a result of they act from outdoors the mind. But when we are able to attain into an individual’s thoughts, even with out piercing the cranium, how noninvasive is the expertise actually? Learn the total story.

—Jessica Hamzelou

Jessica’s story is from The Checkup, her weekly publication masking the whole lot price figuring out in biotech. Enroll to obtain it in your inbox each Thursday.

Podcast: the way forward for farming lies in house

AI is utilized in agriculture to exactly goal weeds and optimize irrigation practices. It’s additionally being utilized in methods you won’t anticipate, like for monitoring the well being of cow pastures—from house. We journey from take a look at farms to orchards within the first of a two-part sequence on agriculture, AI, and satellites.

Hear on Apple Podcasts or wherever you usually get your podcasts.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you as we speak’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.

1 Sam Bankman-Fried has been launched on $250 million bail
He’s dealing with house detention whereas he awaits trial. (BBC)
+ It’s one of many largest bails in US historical past. (Bloomberg $)
+ Crypto Twitter just isn’t impressed by his comfortable situations. (CoinTelegraph)

2 A extreme storm is forcing US airways to cancel flights
+ Disrupting Christmas journey left, proper, and heart. (WSJ $)
+ It’s resulting from sweep throughout many of the US and into Canada. (Wired $)

3 We don’t know the way efficient nasal covid vaccines are
And since we’re not gathering the correct of information, we might by no means know. (The Atlantic $)
+ Two inhaled covid vaccines have been authorized—however we don’t know but how good they’re. (MIT Know-how Assessment)
+ Life expectancy within the US has fallen once more. (Axios)

4 Twitter is beginning to present how many individuals have seen your tweets
It’s yet one more of Elon Musk’s wheezes. (TechCrunch)
+ Twitter appears prefer it’s crumbling proper now. (The Atlantic $)
+ We’re witnessing the mind dying of Twitter. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

5 ByteDance has been monitoring journalists 
Its employees improperly gained entry to their IP addresses to try to work out in the event that they’d crossed paths with ByteDance staff. (Forbes)
+ In spite of everything that, the corporate failed to search out any leaks. (FT $)
+ TikTok is desperately attempting to curry favor within the US. (Reuters)

6 NFTs are at a crossroads
Their worth has plummeted, however evangelists are refusing to surrender. (Wired $)
A number of the crypto trustworthy try to take their losses on the chin. (Vice)

7 Immigrant tech staff who’ve been laid off are caught in limbo
Shedding their jobs means their households are additionally unable to work, leaving many with no alternative however to go away the US. (The Guardian)
+ For this startup founder, his enterprise going bust got here as a little bit of a aid. (The Info $)

8 This has been a landmark yr for EVs 
They’re not simply synonymous with Tesla any extra. (Vox)
+ Why EVs received’t substitute hybrid vehicles anytime quickly. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

9 Japan’s house company is sending a toy-like rover to the moon
The lovable ball is designed by fashionable toymaker Tomy. (New Yorker $)
+ The Perseverance rover has dropped off its first pattern tube. (The Register)

10 We’re dwelling by way of the primary ever BeReal Christmas ⚠
Sadly, originality is vanishingly uncommon. (Vice)

Quote of the day

“Towards all odds, and doom and gloom eventualities, Ukraine didn’t fall. Ukraine is alive and kicking.” 

—Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanks the US Congress for its monetary help of Ukraine and its individuals 10 months after Russia invaded, CNN experiences.

The massive story

Startups are racing to breed breast milk within the lab

December 2020

Like many moms, Leila Strickland discovered breastfeeding tough. She struggled to feed her son, and three years later, her daughter, and spent all day, on daily basis, nursing or pumping to stimulate her milk circulation.

Strickland, a professor of vascular physiology at Maastricht College within the Netherlands, started fascinated about how she may be capable to use a course of like that pioneered by Dutch meals expertise firm Mosa Meat to create synthetic beef, however for cells that produce breast milk.

For years she struggled to maintain the undertaking funded, and she or he got here near abandoning the concept. However in Might 2020, Biomilq, an organization she had based, acquired $3.5 million from a gaggle of buyers led by Invoice Gates. Biomilq is now in a race with opponents to shake up the world of toddler vitamin in a method not seen for the reason that start of the now $42 billion system trade. Learn the total story.

—Haley Cohen Gilliland

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