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Downloads: climate responsibility and lack of AI training data

This is today’s edition of Download, Our weekday newsletter provides daily coverage of what’s happening in the tech world.

The US and China are pointing fingers at each other on climate change

The United Nations climate conference ended over the weekend after lengthy negotiations ended. The most notable result was the creation of a fund to help poor countries pay for climate damage, hailed as a victory. In addition, some leaders fear that there is not enough progress at this year’s negotiations.

As a result, everyone points the finger, blaming others for not acting fast enough to finance climate. Activists are calling the US a ‘massive fossil’, while US leaders complain of being blamed while China is the current top emitter.

But when it comes to who pays what when accepting liability for climate damage, we need to look beyond current emissions. When you add up historical emissions, it’s incredibly clear: The United States is by far the largest emitter of total emissions, responsible for about a quarter. Read full story.

—Casey Crownhart

Casey’s story is from Spark, her weekly newsletter that delves into the complex science of climate change. Register to get it in your inbox every Wednesday.

We may run out of data to train AI language programs

What is happening? Large language models are one of the hottest areas of AI research right now, with companies racing to release programs like GPT-3 that can write impressively coherent articles and even computer code. But there’s an impending problem, according to a group of AI forecasters: we might run out of data to train them.

How long do we have? As researchers build more powerful models with more capabilities, they have to find more texts to train them. The types of data commonly used for these models could be exhausted in the near future—as early as 2026, according to a paper by researchers from Epoch, an AI research and forecasting organization . Read full story.

—Tammy Xu

Podcast: Want a job? AI will see you now.

In the past, hiring decisions were made by everyone. Today, some of the key decisions that lead to whether someone gets a job or not are made by algorithms. In this episode of our award-winning podcast, In Machines We Trust, we meet some of the big players behind the technology including the CEOs of HireVue and myInterview—and test some of the tools ourselves. this.

Listen to it on Apple Podcastsor wherever you usually listen.

Must read

I’ve scoured the Internet to find you today’s most interesting/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 FTX collapse will be a big cautionary tale for the crypto industry
Unfortunately, it won’t necessarily lead to better regulations. (New Yorkers $)
+ After all, cryptocurrencies are not known for heeding bad omens. (Vox)
+ FTX invested millions of dollars in a small bank. (NYT $)
+ Sam Bankman-Fried’s favorite “long-termism” ideology sounds bogus. (motherboard)
+ Nor has he done any favors for the effective altruism movement. (Atlantic $)

2. Elon Musk probably won’t declare bankruptcy
However, that doesn’t mean his financial backers can rest easy. (Atlantic $)
+ This is the person who is paying for Twitter right now. (NYT $)
+ Former Twitter employees fear the platform may only last a few weeks. (Technology Review MIT)

3 Measles is a growing global threat
Vaccination rates are falling and it is extremely contagious. (axis)

4 Maybe it’s time we stop automatically trusting billionaires
Showing healthy skepticism is not the same as being a hater. (Vox)
+ A lot of big tech bosses mistakenly believe that their peak will last forever. (slate $)

5 The real cost of America’s war with Chinese chips
The more expensive the ingredients, the more expensive the final product will be. (FT $)
+ Workers at the world’s largest iPhone factory are rebelling. (Bloomberg $)
+ Inside the software will become the next front in the US-China chip war. (Technology Review MIT)

6 rocks on Mars suggest it was once habitable
Organic molecules found in rocks may have supported life forms. (WP $)
+ The British-made Mars probe is returning to the red planet. (BBC)

7 Why future concrete may contain bacteria
Bio-concrete is stronger and — importantly — greener. (economist $)
+ These living bricks use bacteria to build themselves. (Technology Review MIT)

8 Today’s Amazon shopping experience is really bad
And that’s because everything is an advertisement. (WP $)

9 Feelings of love for technology that the world has left behind
From walkmans to BlackBerrys, these die-hard fans won’t give up. (Guard)
+ Smartphones have survived all attempts to replace them. (precipice)

10 Comments on YouTube videos are works of art
Literally – an artist turned them into real works of art. (New Yorkers $)

Quote of the day

“He’s always trying to be amusing, that’s why he makes all his cars suicide.”

—Dril, one of the featured characters in the humorous corner of “Strange Twitter,” reflects Elon Musk’s surreal leadership over Washington Post.

big story

What does the Big Tech break up really mean?

June 2021

For Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet, covid-19 is an economic blessing. Even as the pandemic plunged the global economy into a deep recession and dented the profits of most companies, these companies—often referred to as the “Tech Quad”—did not just survive. but also develop.

At the same time, however, they have also come under unprecedented attack from politicians and government regulators in the United States and Europe, in the form of new lawsuits, bills, and regulations. . There’s no denying that pressure is mounting to rein in Big Tech’s power. But what will that entail? Read full story.

—James Surowiecki

We can still have good things

A place for comfort, fun and entertainment in these strange times. (Any ideas?Drop me a lineortweet them with me.)

+ This kitten Goalie just extraordinary.
+ I really like color combinations This Twitter bot appeared (thanks Niall!)
+ Atarah Ben-Tovim sounds like a amazing inspirational music teacher.
+ How to expand movie horizon and dive into something new.
+ After the recent chess cheating scandal, I don’t trust anyone anymore. Here’s how to detect a cunning opponent.




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