The Download: be part of us at EmTech Digital Europe in London!

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This is immediately’s version of The Download, our weekday publication that gives a every day dose of what’s happening on the earth of expertise.

Join us at EmTech Digital Europe in London

For over ten years, teachers, policymakers, and enterprise and expertise leaders have gathered at our EmTech Digital occasion in Silicon Valley and on the MIT campus.

Now, for the primary time ever, we’re bringing EmTech Digital to London on 16-17 April for an unique gathering the place we’ll hear about essentially the most cutting-edge makes use of (and abuses) of AI from a few of the most revered world names within the area, plus our personal reporters and editors. There’ll even be loads of time to community over meals and drinks—that is London in any case! 

Best of all, we’ve even obtained a hefty 30% low cost on tickets for Download readers. So come and be part of us!

There are so many nice audio system lined up. Here’s who I’m chatting with onstage:

+ I’m going to be chatting with Paul Murphy, Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, concerning the spectacular, rising cohort of AI corporations rising out of Europe, for instance Mistral AI. 

+ I’ll additionally speak with Vincenzo Ciancaglini, Senior Threat Researcher at TrendMicro, concerning the booming enterprise of AI inside the felony underground and the rising dangers he’s seeing.

+ And I’ll chat to Lee Glazier, Head of Digital Integrity at Rolls-Royce. He’s chargeable for ensuring AI is adopted as safely and ethically as doable, whereas remaining on the cutting-edge. 

We’ll additionally hear from: 

+ David Knott, Chief Technology Officer, UK Government
David will take a top-level take a look at the important thing issues within the UK and Europe, together with a few of the most urgent expertise points that leaders are going through with AI immediately and how you can foster accountable AI innovation inside their borders sooner or later. 

+ Zoubin Ghahramani, VP of Research, Google DeepMind
As AI continues its march into our on a regular basis lives, Zoubin will focus on real looking timelines, new collaborations, and the necessity for an general technique to map out steps to a secure and productive AI future for Europe and past.

+ Victor Riparbelli, CEO and Cofounder, Synthesia
Digital people are right here, and individuals are replicating themselves for rent, mixing bodily and digital worlds. Victor will information us by present and future use instances of 3D avatars, alongside exploring the potential dangers related to avatars that look, act, and sound like actual human beings.+ Bonnie Kruft, Partner / Deputy Director of AI4Science, Microsoft
Generative AI is unlocking new analysis instruments for daring scientific discoveries. Bonnie will reduce by the hype and take a deep dive into the groundbreaking analysis enabled by generative AI—from small molecular inhibitors for treating infectious illness, to the invention of latest supplies for vitality storage. 

This chart exhibits why warmth pumps are nonetheless sizzling within the US

Heat pumps are nonetheless a sizzling expertise, although gross sales within the US, one of many world’s largest markets, fell in 2023. Even with the drop, the home equipment noticed their general market share improve.

Heat pumps warmth and funky areas utilizing electrical energy, and so they might be a significant software within the effort to chop greenhouse gasoline emissions. (About 10% of worldwide emissions are generated from heating buildings.) Check out this chart and accompanying story to study extra about the place warmth pump adoption within the US is about to go subsequent. 

—Casey Crownhart

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you immediately’s most enjoyable/vital/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.

1 The Biden marketing campaign simply joined TikTook
As a part of an effort to get youthful voters onside. (WP $)
Imran Khan used an AI voice to declare victory in Pakistan’s election from behind bars. (NYT $)
+ Instagram and Threads will let individuals determine in the event that they wish to see political content material or not. (Quartz

2 A crowd destroyed an autonomous Waymo automobile in San Francisco 
This kind of incident has been brewing for a very long time. (The Verge)
+ What’s subsequent for robotaxis in 2024. (MIT Technology Review)
Why individuals may by no means use autonomous automobiles. (MIT Technology Review)

3 Climate change is ruining winter sports activities 
It’s doing far worse issues, however that is one prosperous individuals will discover. (Axios
+ For one aggressive skier, local weather change might need helped them obtain the unbelievable feat of going from final to first place. (Wired $)

4 What AI can not do
It can help with artistic duties, however it might’t generate them. (Wired $)
AI simply beat a human check for creativity. What does that even imply? (MIT Technology Review)

5 What’s the Apple Vision Pro for?
Reviews up to now appear to have converged on “work” being the reply. (WSJ $)
+ But there are such a lot of different issues VR can be utilized for. For instance, ache aid. (MIT Technology Review
+ Sorry Zuck, Fortnite is successful the metaverse. (The Verge)

6 The first endometriosis drug in a long time is inside attain
Promising information for the a whole lot of tens of millions of girls it impacts. (The Economist $)
Tiny fake organs may crack the thriller of menstruation. (MIT Technology Review)

7 Cultivated meat may by no means earn cash 🥩


As VC money dries up, startups within the sector are having to reckon with the monetary realities. (NYT $)
Here’s what we learn about lab-grown meat and local weather change. (MIT Technology Review)

8 Lab diamonds have gotten flawless
And it’s placing individuals off, because it makes it too apparent they’re not “real”. (The Atlantic $)

9 A spreadsheet error price a Norwegian wealth fund $92 million 
For actual. Ouch. (FT $)

10 Is synthetic turf actually safer for (American) soccer? 🏈


It’s surprisingly arduous to succeed in a agency conclusion. (Ars Technica)

Quote of the day

“You’ve basically got a faulty product here: they need to fix it.”

—Beeban Kidron, a UK lawmaker, tells The Guardian that campaigns to guard kids’s rights on-line have to go deeper than simply eradicating dangerous content material, into platforms’ underlying designs.

The massive story

Future area meals might be created from astronaut breath

artist's rendering of two biopods on the moon with astronauts walking nearby.

INTERSTELLAR LAB

May 2023

The way forward for area meals might be as easy—and bizarre—as a protein shake made with astronaut breath or a burger created from fungus.

For a long time, astronauts have relied totally on pre-packaged meals throughout their forays off our planet. With missions past Earth orbit in sight, a NASA-led competitors is hoping to vary all that and usher in a brand new period of sustainable area meals.

To clear up the issue of feeding astronauts on long-duration missions, NASA requested corporations to suggest novel methods to develop sustainable meals for future missions. Around 200 rose to the problem—creating nutritious (and outlandish) culinary creations within the course of. Read the total story.

—Jonathan O’Callaghan

We can nonetheless have good issues

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

+ It appears as if we live within the puppet age.
+ Celebrities love writing poetry. But are they any good at it?
+ Here’s why we discover maintain music so darned annoying.
+ Mountain Town Hockey sounds extremely intense.
+ Teeny tiny canines are again in fashion—possibly don’t lug them round in your purse, although 🐕



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