That is at the moment’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a every day dose of what’s happening on the earth of expertise.
Google’s new AI can hear a snippet of track—after which carry on taking part in
A brand new AI system can create natural-sounding speech and music after being prompted with just a few seconds of audio.
AudioLM, developed by Google researchers, generates audio that matches the type of the immediate, together with advanced feels like piano music, or individuals talking, in a method that’s virtually indistinguishable from the unique recording. Crucially, it doesn’t require labor-intensive transcription or labeling in contrast to most different AI-generated audio. Discover out extra, and take heed to the sounds it created, right here.
I Was There When: AI mastered chess
I Was There When is an oral historical past challenge that’s a part of our award-winning In Machines We Belief podcast. It options tales of how breakthroughs and watershed moments in synthetic intelligence and computing occurred, as informed by the individuals who witnessed them.
In the newest episode we meet one of many world’s best chess gamers, Garry Kasparov, and listen to why his loss towards IBM’s Deep Blue pc 25 years in the past nonetheless issues at the moment. Take heed to it on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you normally go for podcasts.
Is a covid and flu “twindemic” coming?
In the event you’re feeling a bit below the climate, relaxation assured, you’re not alone. For these of us within the Northern Hemisphere, it’s simply that point of 12 months. That’s partly why well being authorities on either side of the Atlantic are urging individuals to get vaccinated—towards each the flu and covid-19.
In latest months, we’ve heard warnings of a flu and covid “twindemic” on the horizon. Ought to we be nervous? Let our senior biomedicine reporter Jessica Hamzelou stroll you thru the dangers.
Jess’s story is from The Checkup, her new weekly e-newsletter providing you with the within monitor on all issues well being and tech-related. Enroll to obtain it in your inbox each Thursday.
I’ve combed the web to seek out you at the moment’s most enjoyable/vital/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.
1 That is what life within the metaverse is like
It could be fairly enjoyable—when you can afford it. (NYT $)
+ However Meta workers themselves aren’t satisfied. (The Verge)
2 A winter covid wave seems to be probably
And this time, we’re doing next-to-nothing to cease it. (Ars Technica)
+ Lengthy covid continues to be disabling tens of millions of Individuals. (Axios)
+ How the Chinese language physician who sounded the alarm over covid spent his remaining days. (NYT $)
3 Elon Musk has three weeks to purchase Twitter
If he doesn’t undergo with it in that timeframe, it’s again to the courtroom. (Quartz)
+ What occurs now? (The Guardian)
+ Misplaced monitor of all of the twists and turns? Right here’s a useful timeline. (FT $)
+ Musk says he’ll flip Twitter right into a ‘tremendous app’. Right here’s how these apps work. (BBC)
4 Self-driving vehicles nonetheless appear to be on the street to nowhere
Even after $100 billion has been poured into their growth. (Bloomberg $)
+ Uber continues to be betting it may make robotaxis work. (The Verge)
+ The large new concept for making self-driving vehicles that may go anyplace. (MIT Know-how Assessment)
5 Google has unveiled two text-to-video AI techniques
The movies they produce are spectacular, and vaguely unsettling. (The Verge)
+ That is what the following era of AI seems to be like. (MIT Know-how Assessment)
6 An influencer is suing TikTok over rip-off adverts that use her movies
This type of fraudulent advertising and marketing is rife on-line—and there’s a rising political consensus in favor of a crackdown. (WP $)
7 Crypto trade Binance says hackers stole $100 million
That is yet one more instance of a ‘bridge’ assault between two blockchains. (WSJ $)
+ These commonplace hacks exhibit how safety is an afterthought within the crypto business. (MIT Know-how Assessment)
8 Boston Dynamics has pledged to not weaponize its robots
Nice, however the subsequent query is: how do they cease prospects from doing it? (Axios)
9 That is why you possibly can’t tickle your self
Your mind is aware of what’s coming. (Wired $)
10 It’s cool to hate on sweet corn on-line
In the event you dwell within the US, it’s merely unattainable to keep away from right now of 12 months. (The Atlantic $)
Quote of the day
“I despatched it to the entire workforce. We did that—take a look at that.”
—Elena Adams, the lead engineer for NASA’s asteroid-smashing DART spacecraft, tells the New Yorker what she did with the telescope pictures of the aftermath of the collision final week.
The large story
India’s water disaster is already right here. Local weather change will compound it.
Extreme droughts have drained rivers, reservoirs, and aquifers throughout huge elements of India in recent times, pushing the nation’s leaky, polluted water techniques to the brink.
Greater than 600 million Indians face acute water shortages. Seventy p.c of the nation’s water provide is contaminated, inflicting an estimated 200,000 deaths a 12 months, and a few 21 cities might run out of groundwater as early as subsequent 12 months.
Local weather change will certainly make the issue worse. It’s unsure what function increased temperatures have performed in latest droughts, because the local weather fashions have primarily predicted more and more intense Indian monsoons. However the longer-term forecast is that the extremes will turn into extra excessive, threatening extra frequent flooding and longer droughts. Learn the complete story.
We are able to nonetheless have good issues
A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre occasions. (Bought any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)
+ This listing of the world’s 50 greatest bars is assured to be hotly contested. Just one solution to test, I suppose… I’d higher pack my baggage!
+ The moustache is formally again in trend.
+ Don’t even take into consideration visiting someplace new with out doing a vibe test on Google Maps.
+ Right here’s how lengthy it takes to color an unlimited (and critically spectacular) mural.
+ Stephen King—of comedy.