The Obtain: AI for good, and China’s shrinking web

That is immediately’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a each day dose of what’s happening on the earth of expertise.

What I discovered from the UN’s “AI for Good” summit

—Melissa Heikkilä

Final week, Geneva performed host to the UN’s AI for Good Summit. The summit’s huge focus was how AI can be utilized to satisfy the UN’s Sustainable Improvement Targets, corresponding to eradicating poverty and starvation, attaining gender equality, selling clear vitality and local weather motion and so forth. 

The convention managed to convene individuals working in AI from across the globe, that includes audio system from China, the Center East, and Africa too. AI could be very US-centric and male dominated, and any effort to make the dialog extra world and numerous is laudable.

However truthfully, I didn’t depart the convention feeling assured AI was going to play a significant function in advancing any of the UN objectives. Actually, probably the most fascinating speeches had been about how AI is doing the other. Learn the complete story.

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Learn extra of Melissa’s tales concerning the points throughout the AI sector:

+ How generative AI has made phishing, scamming, and doxxing simpler than ever.

+ We’re all AI’s free knowledge employees. Fancy AI fashions depend on human labor, which may usually be brutal and upsetting. Learn the complete story.

+ The viral AI avatar app Lensa undressed me—with out my consent.

+ Making a picture with generative AI makes use of as a lot vitality as charging your telephone. Every time you employ AI to generate a picture, write an e-mail, or ask a chatbot a query, it comes at a value to the planet. Learn the complete story.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to seek out you immediately’s most enjoyable/vital/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.

1 The Chinese language web is collapsing
Web sites are being yanked offline, and historical past is being misplaced within the course of. (NYT $)
+ The tip of anonymity on-line in China. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

2 The United Arab Emirates need to cozy as much as the US over AI
And it’s greater than prepared to spend billions of {dollars} within the course of. (FT $)
Three Google inadvertently collected voice knowledge from youngsters
Alongside customers’ residence addresses and YouTube suggestions. (404 Media)
+ Why youngster security payments are popping up everywhere in the US. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

four Our urge for food for knowledge facilities is at odds with zero-carbon objectives
Demand for electrical energy is rising, and decarbonizing the grid is turning into an excellent greater problem. (Undark Journal)
+ A large a part of why we’d like extra energy? Shock, shock—it’s AI. (Wired $)+ Power-hungry knowledge facilities are quietly shifting into cities. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

5 X is formally permitting X-rated content material
NSFW photos and movies have been rife on it for years anyway. (TechCrunch)
+ It’s supposed to dam under-18s from seeing NSFW materials. (The Guardian)

6 AI is getting significantly better at predicting the climate 🌩
Which is helpful, on condition that the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is coming. (Ars Technica)
+ Google DeepMind’s climate AI can forecast excessive climate sooner and extra precisely. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

7 This new startup desires to carry cryonics to the plenty
By specializing in the reviving, somewhat than the freezing half. (Bloomberg $)
+ Why the sci-fi dream of cryonics by no means died. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

eight Retailers find it irresistible if you purchase issues in your cellular
For those who’re making an impulse buy, likelihood is it’s on a telephone, not a laptop computer. (WSJ $)

9 Dying stars produce glitching radio waves
Scientists are getting higher at reproducing these pulsar glitches. (New Scientist $)

10 Amazon bought pretend copies of a significant UFO e book 🛸
Scammers produced false variations of the hotly-anticipated title, a few of which include AI-generated textual content. (404 Media)

Quote of the day

“We’re nonetheless behind them, however we’re respiration down their again.”

—Vladimir Milov, a YouTube creator, tells Wired how he helped to create a direct competitor to Putin’s TV propaganda on the platform.

The massive story

Broadband funding for Native communities might lastly join a few of America’s most remoted locations

September 2022

Rural and Native communities within the US have lengthy had decrease charges of mobile and broadband connectivity than city areas, the place 4 out of each 5 Individuals reside. Exterior the cities and suburbs, which occupy barely 3% of US land, dependable web service can nonetheless be arduous to return by.

The covid-19 pandemic underscored the issue as Native communities locked down and moved college and different important each day actions on-line. But it surely additionally kicked off an unprecedented surge of aid funding to unravel it. Learn the complete story.

—Robert Chaney

We are able to nonetheless have good issues

A spot for consolation, enjoyable and distraction to brighten up your day. (Bought any concepts? Drop me a line or tweet ’em at me.)

+ Bats have extremely candy little toes.
+ Too many gardens aren’t overly hospitable to nature. Right here’s tips on how to make your inexperienced areas into wild wonderlands.
+ Summer time is right here, and honey garlic parmesan biscuits look like an effective way to have a good time.
+ This sundown ocean portray is de facto fairly one thing.

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