The Obtain: the mortality situation, and America’s new favourite buying app


That is in the present day’s version of The Obtain, our weekday publication that gives a day by day dose of what’s happening on the earth of know-how.

Introducing: The Mortality Problem

From the second you’re born, the one factor you could be utterly sure of is that you’ll die. However what if ageing isn’t inevitable, in spite of everything? And in case you may gradual, and even flip again the clock, would you?

The newest situation of MIT Know-how Evaluation examines what dying means to us in 2022, digging into why some individuals are nonetheless dedicating their lives to kicking towards it, whereas others are creating their very own coping mechanisms for grief. Right here’s a choice of a number of the new tales within the version, assured to get you serious about what comes subsequent.

Learn the total journal, and in case you haven’t already, you possibly can subscribe to MIT Know-how Evaluation for as little as $80 a 12 months.

The most important buying app in America that you just’ve by no means heard of

There’s a brand new Chinese language e-commerce app that’s quietly however rapidly rising. It’s referred to as Temu. And on October 17, it grew to become essentially the most downloaded buying app in the US, beating off competitors from Amazon, Walmart, and its Chinese language competitor Shein.

In case your quick response is What? I’ve by no means even heard of Temu!, you’re in good firm. The app stays obscure amongst most individuals, although it marks one other high-profile try by yet one more Chinese language tech large to attempt its luck within the American e-commerce market. So how did Temu rise to the highest of the iOS App Retailer’s buying chart? Learn the total story.

—Zeyi Yang

Zeyi’s story is from China Report, his new weekly publication filling you in on all the newest happenings in China. Enroll to obtain it in your inbox each Tuesday.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to seek out you in the present day’s most enjoyable/necessary/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 Conspiracy theorists have seized upon Russia’s “soiled bomb” claims
Regardless of there being no proof for its existence. (NYT $)
+ Russia’s presentation on the so-called soiled bomb contained 9/11 footage. (Motherboard)
+ The struggle in Ukraine is dragging us again to a bloodier age. (Economist $)

2 Celeb deepfakes are promoting’s subsequent frontier
The businesses behind them assume the assured consideration is well worth the potential authorized repercussions. (WSJ $)
+ Contained in the unusual new world of being a deepfake actor. (MIT Know-how Evaluation)

3 Twitter’s most lively customers are turning their again on it
And its employees aren’t totally positive why. (Reuters)
+ Twitter has been ever madder than standard over the previous week. (Motherboard)
+ Elon Musk is optimistic he can shut his deal by Friday. (Reuters)
+ Why Twitter nonetheless has these horrible Traits. (MIT Know-how Evaluation)

4 US election officers are swamped with public information requests 
It’s all thanks to at least one man in Florida. (Bloomberg $)

5 Local weather activists are suing governments
They declare that authorities’ inaction to guard nature has harmed their constitutional rights. (Hakai Journal)
+ Nature-based options may help to mitigate the local weather disaster’ results. (CNET)
+ Local weather motion is gaining momentum. So are the disasters. (MIT Know-how Evaluation)

6 Tech’s unicorns have gotten rarer once more 🦄
Traders aren’t giving up hope, although. (WP $)
+ Some enterprise capital funds are going after narwhals as a substitute. (Bloomberg $)

7 Sexually transmitted infections are rising within the US
Docs are holding off prescribing a capsule particularly designed to fight them, although. (Vox)

8 The pandemic proved it was potential to conduct good science rapidly
Higher transparency round analysis may assist to hold it on. (Wired $)
+ Is a covid and flu “twindemic” on the horizon? (MIT Know-how Evaluation)

9 NASA’s main UFO investigation has begun 🛸
Possibly the reality actually is on the market. (Motherboard)
+ Radiation-resistant micro organism may survive on Mars for hundreds of thousands of years. (New Scientist $)

10 Singapore’s politicians are TikTok superstars
Their clips are met with virtually unprecedented positivity. (Remainder of World)

Quote of the day

“It’s not good, it’s not enjoyable.”

—Palmer Luckey, who based Oculus VR, shouldn’t be a fan of Meta’s VR social app Horizon Worlds, Insider stories.

The massive story

That is how AI bias actually occurs—and why it’s so exhausting to repair

February 2019

If we would like to have the ability to repair bias in AI, we have to perceive the mechanics of the way it arises within the first place.

We frequently shorthand our clarification of AI bias by blaming it on biased coaching knowledge, however the actuality is extra nuanced. Bias can creep in lengthy earlier than the info is collected in addition to at many different levels of the deep-learning course of—and could be extremely exhausting to repair. Learn the total story.

—Karen Hao

We will nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction in these bizarre instances. (Obtained any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

+ Animals actually do do the funniest issues (thanks Charlotte!)
+ Males, would you dare to reveal in a backless swimsuit?
+ Effectively, this small wood ball rolling down a colossal xylophone in a Japanese forest has made every little thing higher.
+ I had no concept a magnified ant face can be such nightmare fodder.
+ Dare you go to this spooky Italian ghost city?


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