Apple’s new security feature that prevents spyware from the authorities
Exactly two weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Alexander Karp, CEO of the data analysis company Palantir, presented his proposal to European leaders. With war on the doorstep, Europeans should modernize their arsenals with the help of Silicon Valley, he argued in an open letter.
Military responds to the call. NATO announced on June 30 that it will create a $ 1 billion innovation fund to invest in startups and venture capital funds that develop “priority” technologies, while Britain has launched a new AI strategy specifically for defense, and the Germans have earmarked just under half billion for research and AI.
The war in Ukraine has made it more urgent to operate more AI tools on the battlefield. The ones who have the most to gain are startups like Palantir, who hope to make money when the military hijacks to update their arsenals with the latest technology. But long-standing ethical concerns about the use of AI in warfare have become more urgent as technology becomes more and more advanced, while the prospects for restrictions and regulations governing its use seem as distant as ever. Read the whole story.
– Melissa Heikkilä
Computers will be transformed by alternative materials and approaches – perhaps faster than you think
In less than a century, computing has transformed our society and helped stimulate countless innovations. But while we basically owe these features to our ability to build ever-improving computing devices, the transistor at the heart of computer chips is reaching its limits.
Those on this year’s list of MIT Technology Review Innovators under the 35 list are overtaking computer performance and energy efficiency with new ideas. Read more about their exciting contribution to computing next wave in this essay by Prineha Narang, Howard Reiss’ Lead Professor of Physical Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.
This essay is part of the MIT Technology Reviews 2022 Innovators Under 35 package that recognizes the most promising young people working in technology today. See the full list here.
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1 The United States and the United Kingdom are seriously concerned about China’s industrial espionage
Beijing is eager to steal Western technology, warns countries’ spy chiefs (FT $)
+ The United States is considering expanded restrictions on exports to China. (NEW $)
+ It is also pushing a Dutch chipmaker to stop selling its equipment to China. (Bloomberg $)
2 Apple’s new security feature protects against spyware from the authorities
Lock Mode Activation is designed to prevent Pegasus-style spyware from transferring data to other devices. (WP $)
+ The vast majority of iPhone users will hardly ever benefit from it. (Ars Technica)
3 Why molecules can be the next microchip
Life sciences promise well – but it goes frustratingly slowly. (FT $)
+ Biologists would love to program cells as if they were computer chips. (TR)
4 It’s a bad time to be a startup
Financing has fallen to its lowest level in three years, and more layoffs are imminent. (NEW $)
+ It also does not look so rosy for the wider industry. (Bloomberg $)
5 More and more women want their tubes tied
But they still have to convince the doctor first. (Cable $)
+ Google should delete abortion search queries. (Bloomberg $)
6 Misinformation is Washington’s elephant in the room
The problem is that no one can agree on how to deal with it. (NEW $)
7 UK wants to make deepfake porn illegal
The country’s law commission says that current laws have not kept up with the times. (FT $)
+ Deepfake porn ruins women’s lives. Now the law can finally ban it.
(MIT Technology Review)
8 Sorry, we do not live in a simulation
Despite some theorists’ best efforts to convince us that we are. (Big Think)
+ This super-realistic virtual world is a driving school for AI. (MIT Technology Review)
9 Going to earn crypto is as pointless as it sounds
Still, people have fallen for it. (NY Mag $)
+ Some US cities are still hoping for crypto. (slate)
10 viral hikes become a problem ⛰️
Instagram geotags cause overcrowding and disruption. (Forget it)