Exactly two weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Alexander Karp, chief executive of data analytics firm Palantir, made recommendations to European leaders. With war on their doorstep, Europeans should modernize their arsenals with the help of Silicon Valley, he said in an open letter.
The military is answering the call. NATO announced on June 30 that it is creating a $1 billion innovation fund that will invest in early-stage startups and venture capital funds developing “priority” technologies, while the UK has launched a new artificial intelligence strategy dedicated to defence, The Germans have earmarked less than a billion for research and artificial intelligence.
The Ukraine war adds urgency to push more AI tools to the battlefield. The ones that have benefited the most are startups like Palantir, which hope to profit as the military races to update their arsenals with the latest technology. But as the technology becomes more advanced, long-standing ethical questions about the use of AI in warfare become more pressing, and the prospect of restricting and regulating its use looks as distant as ever. Read the full article.
Computers will be retrofitted with alternative materials and methods—possibly sooner than you think
In less than a century, computing has transformed our society and helped inspire countless innovations. But while we fundamentally attribute these capabilities to our ability to build better and better computing devices, the transistors at the heart of computer chips are reaching their limits.
Those on this year’s MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35 list are revolutionizing computer performance and energy efficiency with new ideas. Read more about their exciting contributions to computing the next wave in this article by Prineha Narang, Howard Rice Professor of Physical Sciences at UCLA.
This article is part of MIT Technology Review’s 2022 Innovator Under 35 Package, which recognizes the most promising young people working in technology today. See the full list here.
I combed the internet to find you the funniest/most important/scariest/most fascinating tech stories of the day.
1 US and UK express serious concern over Chinese industrial espionage
National spy chiefs warn Beijing is bent on stealing Western technology (FT$)
+ The U.S. is considering expanding restrictions on Chinese exports. (now $)
+ It also urged a Dutch chipmaker to stop selling its equipment to China. (Bloomberg USD)
2 Apple’s new security features protect against government spyware
Activation Lock Mode is designed to prevent Pegasus-style spyware from transferring data to other devices. (WP USD)
+ The vast majority of iPhone users are unlikely to benefit from it. (Ars Technica)
3 Why Molecules Could Be the Next Microchip
Biological science holds great promise — but it’s progressing frustratingly slowly. (foot)
+ Biologists like to program cells as if they were computer chips. (TR)
4 Now is not a good time to start a business
Funding has fallen to its lowest level in three years, and more layoffs are looming. (New York Times USD)
+ It also looks less rosy for the wider industry. (Bloomberg USD)
5 More and more women want their tubes tied up
But they still have to convince their doctor first. (wired $)
+ Google should remove abortion search queries. (Bloomberg USD)
6 Disinformation is the elephant in the Washington room
The problem is, no one can agree on how to fix it. (New York Times USD)
7 UK wants to make deepfake porn illegal
The country’s Law Commission said the current law has not kept pace with the times. (foot)
+ Deepfake porn is ruining women’s lives. Now the law may finally ban it.
(MIT Technology Review)
8 Sorry, we don’t live in a simulation
Despite the best efforts of some theorists to convince us that we are. (big thinking)
+ This surreal virtual world is a driving school for artificial intelligence. (MIT Technology Review)
9 Earning cryptocurrency on foot sounds pointless
However, people still fall for it. (New York Magazine USD)
+ Some U.S. cities still pin their hopes on cryptocurrencies. (Slate)
10 viral hikes that are becoming a problem ⛰️
Instagram geotagging is creating overcrowding and confusion. (protector)