AI-generated art and YouTube’s algorithm

1 The race to decarbonize Europe’s heavy industry
Scaling up promising technologies is among the biggest hurdles—but not insurmountable. (economic $)
+ Nature documentaries tend to take a quick look at human suffering. (wired $)
+ Decarbonization is now “essential”. (MIT Technology Review)

2 What we misunderstand about the abortion pill
Medical trials, politicians, and the public have focused on the two less important drugs. (Atlantic Ocean $)
+ Where to get abortion pills and how to use them. (MIT Technology Review)

3 A law was upheld preventing social media from “censoring” content
The Texas ruling may prevent platforms from moderating user content at all. (Fox)
+ Experts are concerned about the extremism of the law. (Ws $)
+ Here’s what the big tech companies might do next. (protocol)

4 The magic of AI art lies in what goes wrong 🖼️
When his portraits get too slippery and polished, things get weird. (New York Mag $)
+ Stored photo sites quietly remove AI photos. (Motherboard)
+ Graphic designers are getting increasingly concerned. (slate $)
+ The dark secret behind those cute animal pictures generated by artificial intelligence. (MIT Technology Review)

5 These Women Are Speaking Out Against Tesla’s Toxic Culture
Time and time again, their complaints were ignored. (rolling rock $)

6 How trolls in Russia undermined the American Women’s March movement
The disinformation machine campaign to exploit social media has been frighteningly effective. (The New York Times $)
+ Donald Trump’s novel The Big Lie has influenced a generation of creatives. (WP $)

7 Electric car makers can’t keep up with demand 🚗
But frustrated customers won’t wait forever. (The Wall Street Journal $)
+ Electric vehicles are still the power grid’s best shot at solving its problems. (wired $)
+ Detroit is also betting on electric vehicles. (economic $)

8 Myanmar Resistance Groups Adopt Digital Currency
But concerns about its security are hard to shake. (Rest of the world)

9 How Virtual Reality Can Change Theme Parks Forever 🎢
Visitors want the latest technology, but headphones can only take you so far. (Watchman)

10 Gen Z loves captions
It has nothing to do with hearing loss. (The Wall Street Journal $)

Quote from today

“Obviously he’s a fugitive.”

A spokesperson for South Korean prosecutors explains why they have issued an arrest warrant for Do Kwan, the missing developer behind the collapsed cryptocurrency TerraUSD and Luna, who has denied being a fugitive from authorities, according to Financial Times.

The big story

Cops built a mysterious surveillance machine in Minnesota after the murder of George Floyd

March 2022

Minnesota law enforcement agencies are implementing a long-running, secret surveillance program targeting civil rights activists and journalists in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.

Run by a consortium known as Operation Safety Net, the program was set up in the spring of 2021, ostensibly to maintain public order as Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was on trial for the Floyd murder.

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