The Obtain: cancelling out noises, and tastes like (lab-grown) rooster

That is right now’s version of The Obtain, our weekday publication that gives a each day dose of what’s occurring on the earth of know-how.

Noise-canceling headphones may allow you to decide and select the sounds you need to hear

The information: A brand new system for noise-canceling headphones lets customers choose again in to sure sounds they’d like to listen to, reminiscent of infants crying, birds tweeting, or alarms ringing. 

The way it works: The system, which continues to be in prototype, connects off-the-shelf headphones to a smartphone app. The microphones embedded in these headphones, that are used to cancel out noise, additionally detect the sounds on the earth across the wearer. These sounds are then performed again to a neural community, which has been educated to acknowledge 20 on a regular basis noises; then sure sounds are boosted or suppressed in actual time, relying on the consumer’s preferences. 

Why it issues: Researchers have lengthy tried to resolve the “cocktail social gathering downside”—that’s, to get a pc to deal with a single voice in a crowded room, as people are in a position to do. Consultants say this new methodology is a major step ahead, and will pave the best way for smarter listening to aids and earphones. Learn the complete story.

—Rhiannon Williams

I attempted lab-grown rooster at a Michelin-starred restaurant

Final week, our local weather reporter Casey Crownhart paid a go to to Bar Crenn, a Michelin-starred spot and certainly one of two eating places within the US at present serving up lab-grown meat. She was served a one-ounce sampling of cultivated rooster, made within the lab by startup Upside Meals, coated with a recado negro tempura crust, and topped with edible flowers and leaves. 

Cultivated meat, additionally known as cultured or lab-grown meat, is meat made utilizing animal cells—however not animals themselves. It’s a rising enterprise. However does it actually style like rooster? Learn Casey’s full overview.

This story is from The Spark, our weekly local weather and vitality publication. Enroll to obtain it in your inbox each Wednesday.

Why battery recycling is so necessary

Till the day comes once we can recharge batteries in perpetuity, we’ll want to resolve the issue of a quickly rising pile of discarded batteries. That is simply one of many fascinating subjects we’ll be exploring at EmTech MIT 2023, our flagship know-how occasion kicking off 14 November.

You possibly can register now for in-person or digital entry for the two-day occasion, and readers of The Obtain get a particular 30% low cost too. Discover out extra right here.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you right now’s most enjoyable/necessary/scary/fascinating tales about know-how.

1 Cruise is recalling all 950 of its driverless vehicles 
After certainly one of its vehicles dragged and significantly injured a pedestrian. (WP $)
+ The corporate is blaming the car’s software program for the incident. (SF Chronicle)
+ Robotaxis are right here. It’s time to determine what to do about them. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

2 Humane’s AI Pin is principally a smartphone and not using a display
The AI wearable seems to be powered by GPT-4, in line with leaked particulars. (The Verge)

three Mark Zuckerberg allegedly repeatedly dismissed youngster security issues 
Court docket paperwork declare he ignored warnings that his platforms harmed younger customers. (WSJ $)
+ The authorized criticism is led by US state officers searching for solutions. (WP $)

Four Israeli intelligence businesses ignored warnings about Hamas
Volunteer spies tried to sound the alarm for years, however their issues have been dismissed. (FT $)
+ The battle is transferring underground into Gaza’s tunnel community. (Economist $)
+ Archeologists are serving to to seek for our bodies in Israel. (Bloomberg $)

5 Crimson states carry on defending abortion rights
Put up-Roe, voters are overwhelmingly rejecting makes an attempt to curtail entry to it. (The Atlantic $)
+ It’s giving Democrats hope for 2024. (The Guardian)
+ The cognitive dissonance of watching the tip of Roe unfold on-line. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

6 The Hollywood strikes have reached an AI decision
However the precise phrases of the settlement stay a thriller for now. (Wired $)
+ How Meta and AI corporations recruited putting actors to coach AI. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

7 Nvidia is engaged on three new chips for China
That’s one technique to circumvent the US-China commerce restrictions. (Bloomberg $)
+ The US-China chip warfare continues to be escalating. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

eight It’s taking too lengthy to instal warmth pumps within the US
And it’s jeopardizing the Biden administration’s local weather targets. (NYT $)
+ The stunning reality about which properties have warmth pumps. (MIT Know-how Assessment)

9 What it takes to catch a scientific fraud
Knowledge sleuths comb by way of journals searching for inconsistencies and manipulations. (Vox)

10 Are you delulu?
That’s TikTok discuss for delusional—however in a great way. (The Guardian)

Quote of the day

“Any person has to say it: Grok AI is cringe AF. Like, boomer cringe.”

—Chris Průcha, a startup founder, delivers his opinion on Elon Musk’s “anti-woke” chatbot.

The massive story

I took a global journey with my frozen eggs to study in regards to the fertility business

September 2022

—Anna Louie Sussman

Like me, my eggs have been flying financial system class. They have been ensconced in a cryogenic storage flask packed right into a steel suitcase subsequent to Paolo, the courier overseeing their passage from a fertility clinic in Bologna, Italy, to the clinic in Madrid, Spain, the place I might be present process in vitro fertilization.

The transport of gametes and embryos all over the world is a rising a part of a booming international fertility sector. As individuals have youngsters later in life, the necessity for fertility remedy will increase every year.

After paying for storage prices for six and 4 years, respectively, at 40 I used to be able to attempt to get pregnant. Transporting the Bolognese batch served to actually put all my eggs in a single basket. Learn the complete story.

We will nonetheless have good issues

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

+ A Style for Love, the long-awaited Dracula musical as featured in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, lives!
+ I like unlikely animal friendships—particularly Owen the hippo and Mzee the tortoise.
+ What did Ernest Hemingway stand up to whereas he was hanging out in Cuba? An entire lot of fishing, by the sounds of it.
+ There’s no must make your individual pie crust nowadays, until you actually need to.
+ Cease: put down that cologne.

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