The Obtain: chatting with the politician behind the AI Act, and the best way to watch the eclipse

That is at present’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a every day dose of what’s occurring on the earth of know-how.

A dialog with Dragoș Tudorache, the politician behind the AI Act

Dragoș Tudorache is among the most necessary gamers in European AI coverage. He is among the two lead negotiators of the AI Act within the European Parliament—the primary sweeping AI regulation of its sort on the earth, which can enter into pressure this 12 months.

Shepherding the Act into its remaining kind has been a wild journey, with intense negotiations, the rise of ChatGPT, lobbying from tech firms, and a flip-flopping by a few of Europe’s largest economies. However now, because it’s handed into regulation, Tudorache’s job on it’s finished and dusted, and he has no regrets. 

Melissa Heikkilä, our senior AI reporter, sat down with Tudorache at an AI convention simply exterior Brussels to listen to extra about why he believes the landmark regulation will change the AI sector for the higher. Try the remainder of their dialog.

Dragoș Tudorache will likely be talking at Emtech Digital London on April 16-17. It’s the primary time our flagship AI convention has come to the UK. It’s not too late to get in-person and digital tickets—and Obtain readers are entitled to an unique low cost. We’d like to see you there!

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To learn extra about why the AI Act is such a sport changer, check out:

+5 issues you should know in regards to the AI Act—and what comes subsequent.

+ Right here’s what the Act is prone to change, and, crucially, what it gained’t. Learn the complete story.

Easy methods to safely watch and {photograph} the entire photo voltaic eclipse

If you happen to’re residing in the US, Mexico, or Canada, there’s an excellent likelihood you’ll get to witness the entire photo voltaic eclipse going down at present, when the moon will go instantly between Earth and the solar.

Wherever you’re, right here’s every part you should learn about safely watching—and photographing—the pure phenomenon. Learn the complete story.

—Rhiannon Williams

+ Do you know that MIT Know-how Evaluate was documenting eclipses way back to 125 years in the past? And, whereas a lot has modified in science and society since 1900, the joys of a complete photo voltaic eclipse has not. Learn the complete story from the archive.

The must-reads

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

1 Massive Tech is chopping corners to gobble up new AI coaching information
Negotiating licenses with copyrighted information holders takes too lengthy, so tech giants are taking issues into their very own palms. (NYT $)
+ In the meantime, the identical giants are richer than ever earlier than. (WSJ $)
+ We may run out of information to coach AI language packages. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

2 US lawmakers wish to give shoppers energy over their private information
If handed, the proposed regulation would overhaul how web firms accumulate consumer information. (WP $)
+ It will additionally create a nationwide registry of information brokers. (Wired $)

Three AI accessibility instruments are making the web worse for blind customers
The unreliable aids are inflicting extra hurt than good. (FT $)

four As we speak’s complete eclipse is a serious check for the US energy grid 
Operators hope to study classes they’ll apply to unforecasted photo voltaic blackouts. (Vox)
+ Good luck getting an Airbnb reserving within the path of totality. (Economist $)
+ Spare a thought for us within the UK: our subsequent complete eclipse isn’t till 2090. (New Scientist $)

5 Neuralink seems to care extra about traders than serving to disabled folks
And society isn’t certain the way it feels in regards to the units. (The Atlantic $)
+ Elon Musk needs extra bandwidth between folks and machines. Do we want it? (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

6 Google needs to kill chilly calls
A brand new button may permit customers to robotically lookup unknown numbers. (The Verge)

7 NASA lastly is aware of what knocked is Voyager 1 spacecraft offline
After 5 lengthy months of it transmitting nonsensical garbage. (Ars Technica)

eight Uber’s e-bike fleet simply retains rising
The place its rivals have faltered, Lime continues to prosper. (Bloomberg $)
+ Why New York Metropolis is testing battery swapping for e-bikes. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

9 Spotify is producing playlists utilizing AI prompts
The AI Playlist function attracts from LLMs and its understanding of your personal musical tastes. (TechCrunch)
+ A Disney director tried—and failed—to make use of an AI Hans Zimmer to create a soundtrack. (MIT Know-how Evaluate)

10 We’re most likely not going to seek out aliens by analyzing planetary gasses
Sadly, it’s one of many solely methods at our disposal. (Wired $)

Quote of the day

“I gained’t dance. Promise.”

—German Chancellor Olaf Scholz broadcasts the launch of his TikTok account as Europe’s politicians try to interact youthful audiences, Reuters stories.

The massive story

Are we alone within the universe?

November 2023

The search to find out if anybody or something is on the market has gained larger scientific footing over the previous 50 years. Again then, astronomers had but to identify a single planet exterior our photo voltaic system. Now we all know the galaxy is teeming with a range of worlds.

We’re now getting nearer than ever earlier than to studying how frequent residing worlds like ours really are. New instruments, together with synthetic intelligence, may assist scientists look previous their preconceived notions of what constitutes life. Learn the complete story.

—Adam Mann

We will nonetheless have good issues

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

+ Mount Etna is blowing excellent smoke rings into the sky. 🌋
+ Mmm, scrumptious area!
+ Each week ought to begin with a frog in a hat.
+ Bonnie Tyler is gearing up for an additional busy day: each time there’s an eclipse, her telephone blows up.

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