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


That is as we speak’s version of The Obtain, our weekday publication that gives a day by day dose of what’s occurring 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 essentially 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 spite of everything! 

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

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

+ I’m going to be talking to Paul Murphy, Accomplice at Lightspeed Enterprise Companions, concerning the spectacular, rising cohort of AI corporations rising out of Europe, for instance Mistral AI. 

+ I’ll additionally discuss with Vincenzo Ciancaglini, Senior Menace Researcher at TrendMicro, concerning the booming enterprise of AI inside the felony underground and the rising dangers he’s seeing.

+ And I’ll chat to Lee Glazier, Head of Digital Integrity at Rolls-Royce. He’s liable for ensuring AI is adopted as safely and ethically as potential, 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 take 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 as we speak and easy methods 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 lifelike timelines, new collaborations, and the necessity for an total 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, Accomplice / Deputy Director of AI4Science, Microsoft
Generative AI is unlocking new analysis instruments for daring scientific discoveries. Bonnie will reduce 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 latest supplies for vitality storage. 

This chart exhibits 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 total market share improve.

Warmth pumps warmth and funky areas utilizing electrical energy, and so they might be a serious instrument within the effort to chop greenhouse gasoline emissions. (About 10% of world emissions are generated from heating buildings.) Take a look at 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 seek out you as we speak’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 automotive in San Francisco 
This kind of incident has been brewing for a very long time. (The Verge)
+ What’s subsequent for robotaxis in 2024. (MIT Know-how Overview)
Why individuals would possibly by no means use autonomous vehicles. (MIT Know-how Overview)

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 unbelievable feat of going from final to first place. (Wired $)

4 What AI can not do
It will probably help with artistic duties, however it may well’t generate them. (Wired $)
AI simply beat a human check for creativity. What does that even imply? (MIT Know-how Overview)

5 What’s the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional for?
Opinions up to now 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 reduction. (MIT Know-how Overview
+ Sorry Zuck, Fortnite is profitable the metaverse. (The Verge)

6 The primary endometriosis drug in many years is inside attain
Promising information for the lots of of hundreds of thousands of ladies it impacts. (The Economist $)
Tiny fake organs might crack the thriller of menstruation. (MIT Know-how Overview)

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 learn about lab-grown meat and local weather change. (MIT Know-how Overview)

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 laborious to achieve a agency conclusion. (Ars Technica)

Quote of the day

“You’ve principally acquired a defective product right here: they should repair it.”

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

The large story

Future house meals might be produced from astronaut breath

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

INTERSTELLAR LAB

Could 2023

The way forward for house meals might be as easy—and bizarre—as a protein shake made with astronaut breath or a burger produced 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 alter 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 corporations 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 total story.

—Jonathan O’Callaghan

We are able to nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre occasions. (Acquired 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 model—perhaps don’t lug them round in your purse, although 🐕



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