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That viral video showing a head transplant is a fake. But it might be real someday. 

An animated video posted this week has a voice-over that sounds like a late-night TV ad, but the pitch is straight out of the far future. The arms of an octopus-like robotic surgeon swirl, swiftly removing the head of a… Continue Reading →

GPT-4o’s Chinese token-training data is polluted by spam and porn websites

Soon after OpenAI released GPT-4o on Monday, May 13, some Chinese speakers started to notice that something seemed off about this newest version of the chatbot: the tokens it uses to parse text were full of spam and porn phrases…. Continue Reading →

Roundtables: Why Thermal Batteries are So Hot Right Now

Recorded on May 16, 2024 Why Thermal Batteries are So Hot Right Now Speakers: Casey Crownhart, climate reporter and Amy Nordrum, executive editor Thermal batteries could be a key part of cleaning up heavy industry, and our readers chose them… Continue Reading →

AI systems are getting better at tricking us

A wave of AI systems have “deceived” humans in ways they haven’t been explicitly trained to do, by offering up untrue explanations for their behavior or concealing the truth from human users and misleading them to achieve a strategic end. … Continue Reading →

Hong Kong is targeting Western Big Tech companies in its ban of a popular protest song

It wasn’t exactly surprising when on Wednesday, May 8, a Hong Kong appeals court sided with the city government to take down “Glory to Hong Kong” from the internet. The trial, in which no one represented the defense, was the… Continue Reading →

The Download: the cancer vaccine renaissance, and working towards a decarbonized future

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Cancer vaccines are having a renaissance Last week, Moderna and Merck launched a large clinical trial in the… Continue Reading →

The Download: Sam Altman on AI’s killer function, and the problem with ethanol

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Sam Altman says helpful agents are poised to become AI’s killer function Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, has… Continue Reading →

Here’s the defense tech at the center of US aid to Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan

MIT Technology Review Explains: Let our writers untangle the complex, messy world of technology to help you understand what’s coming next. You can read more from the series here. After weeks of drawn-out congressional debate over how much the United States… Continue Reading →

Chatbot answers are all made up. This new tool helps you figure out which ones to trust.

Large language models are famous for their ability to make things up—in fact, it’s what they’re best at. But their inability to tell fact from fiction has left many businesses wondering if using them is worth the risk. A new… Continue Reading →

The Download: Neuralink’s biggest rivals, and the case for phasing out the term “user”

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Beyond Neuralink: Meet the other companies developing brain-computer interfaces In the world of brain-computer interfaces, it can seem… Continue Reading →

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