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Here’s how Twitter engineers say it’s going to crash in the coming weeks
On Nov. 4, just hours after Elon Musk fired half of the 7,500 employees who previously worked at Twitter, some people started seeing small signs that everyone’s favorite hell site was having problems. They saw this through retweets.
Some users who pressed the retweet button encountered manual retweets, which was a rough approximation of how the copy and paste function should appear. But its return isn’t Musk’s latest attempt to placate users. Instead, it’s the first public crack at Twitter’s codebase edifice — a signal on a seismograph warning that a bigger quake is coming.
While many of Musk’s critics might expect the platform to go through the equivalent of thermonuclear destruction, the collapse of something like Twitter happens gradually. The following are possible outcomes.
YouTube wants to challenge TikTok and put its Shorts videos on your TV
what happened: YouTube Shorts, the video site’s TikTok-like feature, has become one of its latest obsessions, with more than 1.5 billion monthly users watching short-form content on their devices. Now, YouTube wants to expand that number by bringing full-screen vertical video to your TV.
Why it matters: The team behind the initiative is still unsure how to add short videos to the TV experience on YouTube. The company admits that taking the traditional mobile format and finding the right way to bring it to life on TV is a challenge. But its commitment to doing so shows how important YouTube sees the short-form model for its future. Read the full article.
Where will artificial intelligence go next?
This year, we’ve seen dizzying breakthroughs in generative AI, from AI that can generate videos with just a few words to models that can generate audio from snippets of songs.
MIT Technology Review’s senior AI reporter Melissa Heikkilä stopped by Google’s new Manhattan offices last week, where the company announced a slew of advances in generative AI, including one that combines two of its text-to-video AI models, Phenaki and Imagen’s system.
While they’re impressive AI research, it’s unclear how Google will monetize them. Melissa spoke with several executives from some of the world’s leading AI labs to understand the potential and limitations of these models. Here’s what they had to say.
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Podcast: Decoding the future of fire
Let’s take a look at how artificial intelligence and other technologies can be used to help predict, detect and pinpoint the location of wildfires second A two-part series.Refresh your memory by listening first part of the series Apple Podcastsor anywhere else you normally listen.
I combed the internet to find you the funniest/most important/scariest/most fascinating tech stories of the day.
1 No evidence that US voting machines have been tampered with
People are often the weakest link in the security chain. (New Yorker $)
+ An app popular among immigrants is riddled with political misinformation. (Wettable powder $)
+ The worst misinformation surge may yet be here. (New York Times $)
2 Cop27’s Wi-Fi in Egypt is blocking human rights sites
Global rights groups are struggling to access their own website. (protector)
+ Greece will stop selling spyware after a series of allegations. (New York Times $)
3 A German privacy activist is arguing with Clearview AI
Matthias Marx wants EU regulators to crack down on data scrapers. (wired $)
+ A UK group filed a similar complaint against PimEyes. (BBC)
+ The walls of Clearview AI are approaching. (MIT Technology Review)
4 Black Twitter Influencers Don’t Know Where to Go Next
Many workers who prevent racial incitement to hate speech have been fired. (los angeles times $)
+ With an influx of Twitter defectors, Mastodon is giving in. (Bloomberg $)
+ I have a blast on Twitter. Now I feel like I can’t stay. (MIT Technology Review)
5 Apple is the most profitable tech company in China
Its earnings surpassed that of homegrown giants Alibaba and Tencent. (foot $)
+ But the relationship between the two is increasingly worrying. (New York Times $)
6 Inside the Rise of Humanoid Robots
They may be moving beyond the Uncanny Valley. (economist $)
7 Self-driving cars may never truly drive themselves
Which way destroys the whole point. (Wall Street Journal $)
+ Big new idea for making self-driving cars that can go anywhere. (MIT Technology Review)
8 How TikTok is eating the world
Trying to adjust video is difficult. TikTok’s explosive growth has made it even harder. (atlantic organization $)
10 Arguments for the Scramble for Text Messages
You don’t have to call it “fext” though. (New York Times $)
Quote of the day
“We’re hitting the highway to climate hell, but our feet are still on the accelerator.”
– UN Secretary-General António Guterres reportedly warned world leaders of the grave dangers facing the planet at the opening of the Cop27 climate summit in Egypt protector.
It was supposed to be a temporary side job. Oskarina Fuentes Anaya signed up for Appen, an AI data labeling platform, while studying at university in order to find a high-paying job in the oil industry.
But then Venezuela’s economy struggled. Her side hustle is now full-time. Temporary now for the foreseeable future. Today, Fuentes lives in Colombia and is one of millions of Venezuelan immigrants and refugees.
But she’s stuck at home — both because of a chronic illness that develops after delayed access to health care, and because of opaque algorithms that determine when she works and how much she earns.
Although Appen threatened to retaliate against her, she chose to go on record as a reputable source. She wants people to understand what her life is like and becomes a key part of the global AI pipeline, but the beneficiaries of her work also abuse her and make her invisible. She wants to see people doing this work. Read the full article.
—Karen Hao and Andrea Paola Hernández
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