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The Download: A baby formula crisis, and the hunt to improve solar panels

30 minutes 18 seconds ago
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. The baby formula shortage has birthed a shady online marketplace Across the United States, parents are scrambling to find baby formula amid a nationwide shortage. To non-parents, the shortage may seem sudden, but…
Rhiannon Williams

I tried to buy an Olive Garden NFT. All I got was heartburn.

1 hour 34 minutes ago
Money is weird now. When we were settling in on the theme for our May/June issue, I decided to buy an NFT of an Olive Garden for my friend Katie, who really loves Olive Garden. It was also an attempt to try to better understand NFTs. Each of the “Non-Fungible Olive Gardens,” really just a…
Mat Honan

The baby formula shortage has birthed a shady online marketplace

4 hours 31 minutes ago
After Ashley Diaz had her baby in early April, she faced a setback. She wasn’t producing enough breast milk. Her newborn son needed formula to supplement his nutrition. So she sent her mother to Target to stock up. She came back with only two boxes—the maximum allowed. Now, many of those store shelves are empty,…
Tanya Basu

The Download: Potential new covid treatments, and the crypto crash

1 day ago
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. Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid Covid-19 is far more likely to kill you if you’re old. One reason is that aged immune systems struggle to cope with…
Rhiannon Williams

Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid

1 day 4 hours ago
Covid-19 is far more likely to kill you if you’re old. One reason is that aged immune systems struggle to cope with infections and recover from them. So why not try drugs that make bodies young again? That’s the bold idea now being explored in clinical trials around the world, which are testing drugs that…
Jessica Hamzelou

Crypto is weathering a bitter storm. Some still hold on for dear life.

2 days 3 hours ago
One shiny premise of DeFi, or decentralized finance—a catch-all term for cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects related to the exchange of value—is that by spreading out and automating operations, and removing power from middlemen like banks, it can offer a system more resilient to global forces, able to survive events like war and economic downturns that…
Rebecca Ackermann

The pandemic-accelerated digitization of the automotive supply chain

4 days 18 hours ago
Thank you for joining us on “The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity.” Read this conversation with Matthias Haberstroh, director of supply chain management at ZF Group, where he discusses the pandemic’s impact on the digitalization of the automotive supply chain and how it will define the future of the industry. Click here to…
Jenn Webb

Enhancing agent experience with AI contact centers

4 days 19 hours ago
Thank you for joining us on “The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity.” Contact centers hold significant value for businesses, but they often have to deal with a disengaged workforce and unsatisfied customers. New AI systems can help contact centers become future-ready with a smarter workforce, happier customers, and stronger finances. Click here to…
Jenn Webb

Responsible adoption of AI in a cloud environment

4 days 19 hours ago
Thank you for joining us on “The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity.” The transformative potential of algorithmic systems, the reach of their effects, combined with the paucity of supervision, can bring certain reputational, financial, and ethical risks. Responsible AI is required to provide assurance to users and build continuous trust in AI-based systems.…
Jenn Webb

The Download: Europe’s ambitious AI Act, and picturing our galaxy’s black hole

5 days ago
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. A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of It’s a Wild West out there for artificial intelligence. AI applications are increasingly used to make important decisions about humans’…
Rhiannon Williams

A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of

5 days 2 hours ago
It’s a Wild West out there for artificial intelligence. AI applications are increasingly used to make important decisions about humans’ lives with little to no oversight or accountability. This can have devastating consequences: wrongful arrests, incorrect grades for students, and even financial ruin. Women, marginalized groups, and people of color often bear the brunt of…
Melissa Heikkilä

Transforming the automotive supply chain for the 21st century

5 days 20 hours ago
Geo-political tensions and digital transformation—which continue to reshape production and assembly processes across various industries—have exposed vulnerabilities in the traditional “just-in-time” (JIT) supply-chain model in the last few years. Pioneered in Japan and popularized by Toyota in the 1970s, the JIT method aims to avoid excess inventory by ordering products and raw materials only when…
Francesca Fanshawe

This is the first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy

5 days 22 hours ago
The supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy has been photographed for the first time, giving astronomers invaluable insight into how black holes interact with their surroundings. The object, known as Sagittarius A*, was captured by the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, the same global team that took the famous first-ever picture…
Rhiannon Williams

The Download: Google’s stalkerware ban failure, and a bet for climate catastrophe

6 days ago
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. Google is failing to enforce its own ban on ads for stalkerware Google Search displays advertisements for stalkerware services that boast real-time monitoring of romantic partners and spouses, despite the company’s self-imposed ban…
Rhiannon Williams

Google is failing to enforce its own ban on ads for stalkerware

6 days 2 hours ago
Google Search displays advertisements for stalkerware services that boast real-time monitoring of romantic partners and spouses, despite the company’s self-imposed ban on such ads.  According to research by mobile security firm Certo Software and confirmed by MIT Technology Review, Google Search queries related to tracking partners such as a wife or girlfriend commonly return ads…
Rhiannon Williams

The Download: Russia’s satellite hack, and Shanghai’s intensifying lockdown

6 days 22 hours ago
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. Russia hacked a US satellite company one hour before the Ukraine invasion What happened: Just an hour before Russian troops invaded Ukraine, Russian government hackers targeted the American satellite company Viasat, officials from the…
Rhiannon Williams
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