The Obtain: youngster on-line security legal guidelines, and ClimateTech is coming

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

Baby on-line security legal guidelines will truly harm youngsters, critics say

This summer time, the Senate moved two payments coping with on-line privateness for youngsters and youths out of committee. We’ve additionally seen many states decide up (and politicize) legal guidelines about on-line security for youths in latest months. Some deal with kids’s knowledge, whereas others attempt to restrict how a lot and when youngsters can get on-line.

Supporters say these legal guidelines are essential to mitigate the dangers that massive tech corporations pose to younger folks—dangers which can be more and more effectively documented. 

However as with most issues, it’s probably not that easy. There are additionally vocal critics who argue that youngster security legal guidelines are literally dangerous to youngsters. To study why, learn our story.

—Tate Ryan-Mosley

This story is from The Technocrat, our weekly e-newsletter masking energy and coverage in Silicon Valley. Join to obtain it in your inbox each Friday.

When you’re taken with studying extra about youngsters and tech coverage, why not check out:

+ Why youngster security payments are popping up everywhere in the US. They’re shaping consequential insurance policies round privateness, parental rights, and speech within the US. Learn the complete story.

+ China is escalating its struggle on youngsters’ display screen time. What Beijing’s new restrictions on youngster web use imply for privateness safety. Learn the complete story.

Join ClimateTech

How can we construct a extra sustainable, greener future? This week, MIT Expertise Evaluation is holding our second annual ClimateTech convention to debate the improvements accelerating the transition to a inexperienced economic system.

ClimateTech is happening on the MIT Media Lab on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 4-5. You possibly can register for the occasion and both attend in-person or on-line, right here—earlier than it’s too late!

The must-reads

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

1 The scientists behind mRNA covid vaccines received a Nobel Prize
Katalin Karikó and Drew Weissman’s work was largely missed earlier than the pandemic. (NYT $)
+ Their analysis has saved thousands and thousands of lives the world over. (CNN)
+ What’s subsequent for mRNA vaccines. (MIT Expertise Evaluation)

2 Sam Bankman-Fried has develop into crypto’s scapegoat
The disgraced FTX founder’s trial, which begins tomorrow, marks an trade reckoning. (FT $)
+ Former allies are united of their need to see him held to account. (NYT $)
+ Bankman-Fried’s infinite chattering received’t do him any favors. (WP $)

three The EU is beginning to examine the AI chip market
It desires to ascertain whether or not Nvidia’s dominance quantities to potential abuse. (Bloomberg $)
+ The chip patterning machines that may form computing’s subsequent act. (MIT Expertise Evaluation)

Four Carbon costs are taking off
When it really works, it’s the most cost effective means for international locations to battle local weather change. (Economist $)
+ Exporters within the UK are going through hefty carbon border taxes. (FT $)
+ These three charts present who’s most responsible for local weather change. (MIT Expertise Evaluation)

5 AI-written knock-off books are rife on Amazon
The poor-quality tomes are based mostly on actual titles by actual authors. (The Guardian)
+ Tom Hanks has distanced himself from a deepfake dental advert created with out his permission. (Selection $)

6 China is pushing good automotive corporations to ascertain requirements
Working collectively in a brand new kind of pseudo-consortia is one technique to do it. (Reuters)
+ Europe is about to crack down on Chinese language electrical vehicles. (MIT Expertise Evaluation)

7 Can a plastic toy firm ever be sustainable?
Lego has constructed an empire on oil-based plastic bricks. However inexperienced alternate options are proving evasive. (Wired $)

eight Outspoken Chinese language internet customers are posting as a pink dinosaur
By adopting the identical identify and picture, they’re capable of vent about controversial points. (Remainder of World)

9 This courting app makes matches based mostly on customers’ faces
What may probably go incorrect? (WSJ $)

10 We’re nonetheless oversharing on-line
Social media could really feel much less social as of late, nevertheless it’s simply as confessional. (Vox)

Quote of the day

 “Once you’re taking their cash, you’re promoting your soul.”

— Manoj Vekaria, a software program engineer in Seattle, warns of the risks of working for AI labs funded by the likes of Amazon and Microsoft, he tells the Washington Submit.

The large story

These scientists are working to increase the life span of pet canines—and their house owners

August 2022

Matt Kaeberlein is what you may name a canine particular person. He has grown up with canines and describes his German shepherd, Dobby, as “actually particular.” However Dobby is 14 years previous—round 98 in canine years.

Kaeberlein is co-director of the Canine Growing older Venture, an bold analysis effort to trace the ageing technique of tens of hundreds of companion canines throughout the US. He’s one among a handful of scientists on a mission to enhance, delay, and probably reverse that course of to assist them dwell longer, more healthy lives.

And canines are only the start. Sooner or later, this analysis may assist to extend the lives of people. Learn the complete story.

—Jessica Hamzelou

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