This week’s cool tech stories from around the web (until October 8th)

DeepMind’s AI Beats a 50-Year Record in Computer Science
Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review
“The main result is that AlphaTensor discovered a way to multiply two matrices of four by four together faster than the method devised by German mathematician Volker Strassen in 1969, which no one has been able to improve since then. The basic high school method takes 64 steps; Strassen takes 49 Step. AlphaTensor found a way to do this in 47 steps.”

A Bold Effort to Treat HIV Using CRISPR
Emily Mullen | wired
“While antiretroviral drugs can stop viral replication and remove the virus from the blood, they cannot reach these reservoirs. [of dormant HIV-infected cells]Therefore, people must take the drug every day for the rest of their lives. But Excision BioTherapeutics hopes that CRISPR technology will eliminate HIV forever.”

This is life in the Metaverse
hill Kashmir | New York times
“My goal was to visit every hour of the day and night, at least once every 24, to learn about the tides of Horizon and to meet the first users of the metaverse. I’ve given up TV, books, and a lot of sleep over the past few months to spend dozens of hours as a floating mobile version Legless about myself. I wanted to understand who was currently there and why, and whether the rest of us wanted to join them.”

For better or worse, the Tesla Bot is exactly what we expected
Evan Ackerman | IEEE Spectrum
“While there is absolutely nothing wrong – wrong – wrong With the humanoid robot that Musk briefly showed onstage, there is nothing unique truly, also. We were hoping (if not necessarily expecting) more from Tesla. And while the robot isn’t exactly disappointing, there is very little to suggest that it disables robots the way SpaceX did for rockets or Tesla for electric cars.”

Google’s latest AI generator generates HD video from text vectors
Bing Edwards | Ars Technica
“Currently, it is in the research phase, but its appearance five months after Google Imagen indicates the rapid development of video compositing models. Only six months after the launch of the DALLE-2 text-to-image generator from OpenAI, progress in the field of AI deployment models has increased rapidly. Google’s Imagen Video announcement comes less than a week after Meta unveiled its text-to-video AI tool, Make-A-Video.”

The battle for the soul of the web
Kaitlyn Tiffany | Atlantic Ocean
In 2015, [Brewster] Kahli launched a call for a “decentralized network,” or one that looks more like the one that early visionaries like Tim Berners-Lee imagined. “The way we program the Web will determine the way we live on the Internet,” Kaheli wrote at the time. So we need to incorporate our values ​​into our code. Freedom of expression must be included in our law. Privacy must be hidden in our code. Universal access to all knowledge.I

Satellite billboards are a miserable future we don’t need
George Dvorsky | Gizmodo
“Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you have to do it. Space advertising may be feasible, but it can be ugly for the cosmic dimensions, distorting our unobstructed landscapes of space. The fact that our cities are already mired in light pollution and advertising on Earth is not An excuse to embark on such an endeavour. We hope that allergies will prevail and ads for soft drinks and fast food will remain on the ground.”

Boeing powered Wisk Aero unveils four-seat self-driving air taxi
Andrew J. Hawkins | the edge
“Wisk aims to one day provide an intercity flying taxi service that can be called using an app, such as Uber or Lyft. The plan is for the vehicle not to have a pilot on board; instead, it will be flown primarily by an autopilot system, with the supervision of a human pilot. It is located remotely. In theory, the plane would take off and land from the so-called vertical airfields located on the roofs of buildings.”

Robot makers including Boston Dynamics pledge not to weaponize their creativity
James Vincent | the edge
A group of robotics companies including Boston Dynamics – makers of famous quadrupeds – have pledged not to arm their most advanced robots. However, the pledge will likely do little to stop the widespread weaponization of this technology.

NASA tests giant slingshot in search of falling objects in space
George Dvorsky | Gizmodo
“A rapidly rotating arm inside the 108-foot (33 m) facility threw a projectile, or launch test vehicle, to heights of up to 25,000 feet (7,600 m), in a demonstration consistent with the company’s previous tests. … This time, it carried The projectile is demonstration payloads for NASA, Airbus, Cornell University and satellite manufacturer Outpost Space. As SpinLaunch said in a press release, the test payloads, all of which survived and recovered, are “inherently compatible with the company’s launch system.”

Halo Car’s Teleoperated car-sharing service will launch this year with no one behind the wheel
Jacqueline Troup | Take Crunch
“This achievement will mean that Halo Car will use humans to remotely control vehicles across public streets and deliver them to its car-sharing customers. These remote deliveries will mark the official launch of commercial operations and launch a drive to expand its fleet of electric vehicles and expand beyond Las Vegas.” .

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