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Podcast: I Was There When: AI Helped Create a Vaccine

Only a select few people know what it’s like to be present during breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and computing. On the latest episode of the award-winning podcast, In the Machines We Trust, we meet Dave Johnson, Moderna’s chief data and artificial intelligence officer, who testified that AI is helping create the company’s covid vaccine. Hear it for yourself.

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I’ve combed the internet to find the most interesting/important/scary/cool stories about technology today.

1 NASA is waiting to know when it can re-launch its lunar rocket
Mission managers meet today to determine the best time to make another stab. (The New York Times $)
+ The next attempt may come as soon as Friday. (The Wall Street Journal $)
+ Snoopy and Shaun the Sheep stuffed toys are core crew members. (slate)

2 The United States Has A Shortage Of Adderall
Permissive telehealth providers and TikTok diagnostics likely contributed to the high demand. (economic $)
+ How Startups Pay Adderall on TikTok. (Fox)

3 US government sues location data company
The Federal Trade Commission says the company’s data can be used to track visitors to abortion clinics. (NBC)
+ Anti-abortion activists gather data they will need for post-Rou trials. (MIT Technology Review)

4 China is silencing online feminists
Her government is trying to secretly suppress discussions of women’s rights. (New Yorker $)
+ European spies are increasingly concerned about Beijing’s spying. (F $)
+ Anonymous Facebook pages have been closed in Hong Kong. (Rest of the world)

5 Immortal jellyfish can help humans live longer
The secret lies in the genes of the creatures. (new world $)

6- Wire thieves cut electric car chargers
The cables contain precious copper, the prices of which have skyrocketed during the pandemic. (Motherboard)
+ Electric cars can soon be recharged to 90% in just 10 minutes. (The Wall Street Journal $)
+ Many automatic car braking systems do not perform well in the dark, and this is concerning. (Reuters)
+ This startup wants to pack more energy into electric car batteries. (MIT Technology Review)

7 AI revealed 20,000 unauthorized swimming pools 🏊
It will help the French authorities to fine tax evaders of about 10 million euros. (Watchman)

8 Most Social Media Creators Are Not Qualified Healers
But millions of followers treat their advice as gospel anyway. (WP $)

9 TikToker Convinced Its Followers That It Was Created By Artificial Intelligence
However, not everyone was so easily fooled. (Enter)

10 How The Internet Killed A Nudist Beach
Young people are less convinced that public nudity represents liberation in the same way that it did with older generations. (Atlantic Ocean $)

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