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


Feb 12, 2024
The Obtain: be a part of us at EmTech Digital Europe in London!

That is at this time’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a each day dose of what’s happening on this planet of know-how.

Be part of us at EmTech Digital Europe in London

For over ten years, teachers, policymakers, and enterprise and know-how 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 probably the most cutting-edge makes use of (and abuses) of AI from a few of the most revered international names within the discipline, 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! 

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

There are such a lot of nice audio system lined up. Right here’s who I’m chatting with onstage:

+ I’m going to be chatting with Paul Murphy, Associate at Lightspeed Enterprise Companions, in regards to the spectacular, rising cohort of AI firms rising out of Europe, for instance Mistral AI. 

+ I’ll additionally discuss with Vincenzo Ciancaglini, Senior Risk Researcher at TrendMicro, in regards to the booming enterprise of AI inside the prison 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 Know-how Officer, UK Authorities
David will take a top-level have a look at the important thing issues within the UK and Europe, together with a few of the most urgent know-how points that leaders are going through with AI at this time and the right way to foster accountable AI innovation inside their borders sooner or later. 

+ Zoubin Ghahramani, VP of Analysis, Google DeepMind
As AI continues its march into our on a regular basis lives, Zoubin will focus on reasonable 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 persons are replicating themselves for rent, mixing bodily and digital worlds. Victor will information us via 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, Associate / Deputy Director of AI4Science, Microsoft
Generative AI is unlocking new analysis instruments for daring scientific discoveries. Bonnie will minimize via 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 recent supplies for power storage. 

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

Warmth pumps are nonetheless a sizzling know-how, 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 enhance.

Warmth pumps warmth and funky areas utilizing electrical energy, and so they may very well be a serious device within the effort to chop greenhouse fuel emissions. (About 10% of world emissions are generated from heating buildings.) Try 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 at this time’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 The Biden marketing campaign simply joined TikTok
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 resolve in the event that they need to see political content material or not. (Quartz

2 A crowd destroyed an autonomous Waymo automobile in San Francisco 
This form of incident has been brewing for a very long time. (The Verge)
+ What’s subsequent for robotaxis in 2024. (MIT Know-how Assessment)
Why individuals would possibly by no means use autonomous automobiles. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

3 Local weather 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 may need helped them obtain the unimaginable feat of going from final to first place. (Wired $)

4 What AI can’t do
It may possibly help with artistic duties, however it will possibly’t generate them. (Wired $)
AI simply beat a human take a look at for creativity. What does that even imply? (MIT Know-how Assessment)

5 What’s the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional for?
Critiques to date appear to have converged on “work” being the reply. (WSJ $)
+ However there are such a lot of different issues VR can be utilized for. For instance, ache aid. (MIT Know-how Assessment
+ Sorry Zuck, Fortnite is profitable the metaverse. (The Verge)

6 The primary endometriosis drug in many years is inside attain
Promising information for the a whole lot of thousands and thousands of girls it impacts. (The Economist $)
Tiny fake organs may crack the thriller of menstruation. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

7 Cultivated meat would possibly by no means become profitable 🥩
As VC money dries up, startups within the sector are having to reckon with the monetary realities. (NYT $)
Right here’s what we find out about lab-grown meat and local weather change. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

8 Lab diamonds have gotten flawless
And it’s placing individuals off, because it makes it too apparent they’re not “actual”. (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 mainly acquired a defective product right here: they should repair it.”

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

The massive story

Future house meals may very well be constructed from astronaut breath

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


Could 2023

The way forward for house meals may very well be as easy—and peculiar—as a protein shake made with astronaut breath or a burger constructed from fungus.

For many years, 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 house meals.

To unravel the issue of feeding astronauts on long-duration missions, NASA requested firms to suggest novel methods to develop sustainable meals for future missions. Round 200 rose to the problem—creating nutritious (and outlandish) culinary creations within the course of. Learn the complete story.

—Jonathan O’Callaghan

We are able to nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre occasions. (Bought 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. However are they any good at it?
+ Right here’s why we discover maintain music so darned annoying.
+ Mountain City Hockey sounds extremely intense.
+ Teeny tiny canines are again in fashion—perhaps don’t lug them round in your purse, although 🐕

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