The Obtain: instructing women to construct, and fixing authorities tech

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

The nonprofit that lets women construct the world they wish to see

Emily Pilloton-Lam didn’t develop up in a very useful family, however she did spend hours outdoors constructing treehouses out of logs and sticks. After years learning structure at prestigious establishments, she realized she wished to pursue what made her fall in love with constructing: working together with her arms and with different individuals on tasks that mattered. 

In 2008, at age 26, she based a nonprofit that’s now referred to as Women Storage, to equip women with each the private energy and the literal energy instruments to construct the world they wish to see.

The structure, engineering, and building industries are famously gradual to innovate. However Women Storage helps to jump-start change. Learn the total story.

—Allison Arieff

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How one can make authorities know-how higher

Who hasn’t tried to fill in a authorities type on-line and run into no less than one concern? And even simply thought, Hmm, why can’t I simply simply do that primary civic exercise on-line, like renewing your license? Are you able to even think about a world the place you may submit a digital request to fill a pothole in your neighborhood (and it really acquired stuffed)?

All too usually, on-line experiences with authorities businesses are painfully inefficient. On the similar time, examples of harmful, eye-roll-inducing techno-solutionist considering run rampant. Nevertheless it doesn’t need to be this manner. To see how authorities tech might enhance, it’s price learning the instance of Massachusetts, and Boston specifically. Learn the total story.

—Tate Ryan-Mosley

Tate’s story is from The Technocrat, MIT Know-how Overview’s weekly e-newsletter overlaying energy and coverage in Silicon Valley. Enroll to obtain it in your inbox each Friday.

2023 Local weather Tech Firms to Watch: Type Power and its iron batteries

Type Power is constructing iron-based batteries that would retailer renewable vitality on the grid for lengthy stretches, saving up for occasions when electrical energy sources corresponding to wind and photo voltaic aren’t out there. 

Iron, one of the frequent metals on the planet, might assist the corporate construct batteries which can be low-cost sufficient to be sensible. Learn extra about Type Power, and take a look at the remainder of the checklist of Local weather Tech Firms to Watch.

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The must-reads

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

1 Large Tech companies are being urged to take sides within the Israel-Hamas battle
Blacklists of workers who’ve voiced assist for Palestine are showing on-line. (WP $)
+ Palestinians say that on-line censorship is endangering lives. (Wired $)
+ The CEO of a tech convention has resigned over his feedback on the battle. (Reuters)

2 Japan is investigating Google over potential antitrust violations 
It echoes the continuing case the corporate is presently preventing within the US. (Bloomberg $)

three Inside a cash-for-bitcoin laundering ring in New York
The scheme, which ran for years, raked in tens of millions of {dollars} for criminals. (404 Media)

four The US navy hopes AI will give it the sting over China
However specialists concern that startup ScaleAI’s ambitions might rush superior AI onto the battlefield earlier than it’s prepared. (WP $)
+ Contained in the messy ethics of creating struggle with machines. (MIT Know-how Overview)

5 Chinese language authorities are investigating iPhone maker Foxconn
The Taiwan-based agency is being investigated over tax and land use. (FT $)
+ Apple can’t shake its dependence on third events to make iPhones. (WSJ $)

6 Sustainable aviation is edging nearer to taking off
However it’s a must to reduce by way of a complete load of greenwashing to get to the reality. (Vox)
+ All the things you have to know in regards to the wild world of different jet fuels. (MIT Know-how Overview)

7 How one can make your meals last more
Expiration dates aren’t all the time correct. Algorithms can fill within the gaps. (The Atlantic $)

eight This startup desires to make use of a headset to induce lucid dreaming
The issue is, there’s no proof it would work. (Slate $)
+ I taught myself to lucid dream. You may too. (MIT Know-how Overview)

9 Meet the teenagers who really need their mother and father to trace them
Nonetheless, figuring out the place somebody isn’t the identical as figuring out they’re protected. (WSJ $)

10 The uncanny actuality of AI-generated newsreaders
They don’t want breaks or salaries, however they will’t meet their followers, both. (The Guardian)
+ Deepfakes of Chinese language influencers are livestreaming 24/7 (MIT Know-how Overview)

Quote of the day

“Faith is all about spirituality… If AI writes a sermon from A to Z, it will possibly’t be soulful.”

—Kim Min-joon, CEO of AI bible chatbot firm Awake Corp, which makes use of ChatGPT to reply its customers’ faith-based questions, tells the Monetary Instances why he cautions pastors towards lifting whole sermons from its app

The massive story

What does breaking apart Large Tech actually imply?

June 2021

For Apple, Amazon, Fb, and Alphabet, covid-19 was an financial blessing. Even because the pandemic despatched the worldwide financial system right into a deep recession and cratered most firms’ earnings, these firms—also known as the “Large 4” of know-how—not solely survived however thrived.

But on the similar time, they’ve come underneath unprecedented assault from politicians and authorities regulators within the US and Europe, within the type of new lawsuits, proposed payments, and rules. There’s no denying that the strain is constructing to rein in Large Tech’s energy. However what would that entail? Learn the total story.

—James Surowiecki

We are able to nonetheless have good issues

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

+ Galapagos large tortoises are being put to work: as devoted ecosystem engineers.
+ These excessive shut ups demonstrating how pens distribute ink are going to provide me nightmares.
+ Historical Egypt’s ‘mummy portraits’ are actually fairly exceptional.
+ There’s just one Eric Cantona, who, not content material with taking place in historical past as a European footballing legend, is popping his hand to singing.
+ How one can make a huge Mars Bar, as a result of why not?

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