This week’s awesome tech stories on the web (until October 8)

DeepMind’s gaming AI has broken a 50-year-old computer science record
Will Douglas Sky | MIT Technology Review
“The main result is that AlphaTensor has discovered a way to multiply two four-by-four matrices together that is faster than a method devised in 1969 by German mathematician Volker Strassen, which no one has been able to improve since. high school base has 64 steps, Strassen is 49. AlphaTensor has found a way to do it in 47 steps.

A bold effort to cure HIV – using CRISPR
Emilie Mullin | Wired
“While antiretroviral drugs can stop viral replication and clear the virus from the blood, they cannot reach these reservoirs. [of dormant HIV-infected cells], so people have to take medicine every day for the rest of their lives. But Excision BioTherapeutics hopes that CRISPR will eliminate HIV for good. »

This is life in the metaverse
Kashmir Hill | The New York Times
“My goal was to visit every hour of the day and night, every 24 at least once, to learn the ebbs and flows of Horizon and meet the early adopters of the metaverse. I gave up TV, books and a lot of sleep over the past few months to spend dozens of hours as an animated, floating, legless version of myself. I wanted to understand who was currently there and why, and if the rest of us would want to one day join them.

For better or worse, Tesla Bot is exactly what we’ve been waiting for
Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
“While there is absolutely nothing Wrong with the humanoid robot that Musk very briefly demonstrated on stage, there is nothing unique right, That is. We were hoping (if not necessarily expecting) more from Tesla. And while the robot isn’t exactly a disappointment, there’s very little to suggest it’s disrupting robotics the way SpaceX did for rockets or Tesla for electric cars.

Google’s Newest AI Generator Creates HD Video From Text Prompts
Benj Edwards | Ars-Technica
“Currently it is in the research phase, but its appearance five months after Google Imagen indicates the rapid development of video synthesis models. Just six months after the launch of OpenAI’s DALLE-2 text-to-image generator, progress in the field of AI diffusion models has accelerated rapidly. Google’s Imagen Video announcement comes less than a week after Meta unveiled its artificial intelligence video synthesis tool, Make-A-Video.

The Battle for the Soul of the Web
Kaitlyn Tiffany | Atlantic
” In 2015, [Brewster] Kahle called for a “decentralized web,” or a web that was more like what early visionaries like Tim Berners-Lee envisioned. “How we code the web will determine how we live online,” Kahle wrote at the time. “So we have to incorporate our values ​​into our code. Freedom of expression must be built into our code. Privacy should be built into our code. Universal access to all knowledge.’I

Satellite Billboards Are A Dystopian Future We Don’t Need
George Dvorsky | Gizmodo
“Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you have to do it. Space-based commercials may be feasible, but they would represent horror of cosmological proportions, tarnishing our natural, unobstructed views of space. That our cities are already flooded with light pollution and floor advertisements is hardly an excuse to embark on such an endeavor. Hopefully the sensibility will prevail and the soft drink and fast food ads will stay on the ground.

Boeing-backed Wisk Aero unveils self-driving four-seat air taxi
Andrew J. Hawkins | The edge
“Wisk aims to one day provide an intercity flying taxi service that can be summoned with an app, like Uber or Lyft. The plan is for the vehicle to have no pilot on board; instead, it will be flown primarily by an autopilot system, under the supervision of a remotely located human pilot. The plane would theoretically take off and land from so-called vertiports located on the roofs of buildings.

Robot makers including Boston Dynamics pledge not to weaponize their creations
Jacques-Vincent | The edge
A group of robotics companies, including Boston Dynamics – makers of the famous quadruped robot Spot – have pledged not to weaponize their most advanced robots. However, the pledge is unlikely to do much to stop the wider weaponization of this technology.

NASA is testing a gigantic slingshot to launch objects into space
George Dvorsky | Gizmodo
“A rapidly rotating arm inside the 108-foot-wide (33-meter) facility launched a projectile, or test launch vehicle, to heights reaching 25,000 feet (7,600 meters), during of a demonstration consistent with the company’s previous tests…. This time, the projectile carried demonstration payloads for NASA, Airbus, Cornell University and satellite maker Outpost Space. in a press release, the demo payloads, all of which survived and were recovered, are “intrinsically compatible” with the company’s launch system.”

Halo Car’s remote-operated car-sharing service will roll out this year without anyone driving
Jaclyn Too | Tech Crunch
“This step would mean that Halo Car will use humans to remotely control vehicles on public streets and deliver them to its car-sharing service customers. These fully remote deliveries will mark the official launch of business operations and launch a campaign to evolve its fleet of electric vehicles and expand beyond Las Vegas.

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