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Building the backbone for innovation, speed and thriving humanity

From AI-powered platforms that can detect abnormal activities in supermarkets, to edge servers helping preserve biodiversity in remote locations, today’s technologies drive innovation in ways never before imaginable. “Innovation serves the purpose of making our life better, our work more productive, and our planet more sustainable,” says Yang Yuanqing, CEO and chairman of Lenovo. TechnologyContinue reading “Building the backbone for innovation, speed and thriving humanity”

Out with the old and in with the “new IT”

For enterprises looking to shift from hardware investments to services and beyond, a change in technology and data infrastructure could be key. One approach is a focus on the “New IT,” a term coined by Lenovo, that features five elements: client, edge and cloud, network, and intelligence to meet business goals. “The mission of theContinue reading “Out with the old and in with the “new IT””

The Download: inside our chaotic brains, and small nuclear reactors

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. Neuroscientists listened in on people’s brains for a week. They found order and chaos. The news: Our brains exist in a state somewhere between stability and chaos as they help us make senseContinue reading “The Download: inside our chaotic brains, and small nuclear reactors”

How Telegram groups can be used by police to find protesters

China Report is MIT Technology Review’s newsletter about technology developments in China. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday. First of all, I’m still processing the whole “Chinese spy balloon” saga, which, from start to finish, took over everyone’s brains for just about 72 hours and has been one of the weirdest recent eventsContinue reading “How Telegram groups can be used by police to find protesters”

We were promised smaller nuclear reactors. Where are they?

For over a decade, we’ve heard that small reactors could be a big part of nuclear power’s future. Because of their size, small modular reactors (SMRs) could solve some of the major challenges of traditional nuclear power, making plants quicker and cheaper to build and safer to operate.   That future may have just gotten aContinue reading “We were promised smaller nuclear reactors. Where are they?”

Neuroscientists listened in on people’s brains for a week. They found order and chaos.

Our brains exist in a state somewhere between stability and chaos as they help us make sense of the world, according to recordings of brain activity taken from volunteers over the course of a week. As we go from reading a book to chatting with a friend, for example, our brains shift from one semi-stableContinue reading “Neuroscientists listened in on people’s brains for a week. They found order and chaos.”

The Download: generative AI for video, and detecting AI text

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. The original startup behind Stable Diffusion has launched a generative AI for video What’s happened: Runway, the generative AI startup that co-created last year’s breakout text-to-image model Stable Diffusion, has released an AIContinue reading “The Download: generative AI for video, and detecting AI text”

Why detecting AI-generated text is so difficult (and what to do about it)

This story originally appeared in The Algorithm, our weekly newsletter on AI. To get stories like this in your inbox first, sign up here. Last week, OpenAI unveiled a tool that can detect text produced by its AI system ChatGPT. But if you’re a teacher who fears the coming deluge of ChatGPT-generated essays, don’t get the partyContinue reading “Why detecting AI-generated text is so difficult (and what to do about it)”

The original startup behind Stable Diffusion has launched a generative AI for video

Runway, the generative AI startup that co-created last year’s breakout text-to-image model, Stable Diffusion, has released an AI model, called Gen-1, that can transform existing videos into new ones by applying any style specified by a text prompt or reference image. In a demo reel posted on its website, Runway shows how its software canContinue reading “The original startup behind Stable Diffusion has launched a generative AI for video”

The Download: trapped by grief algorithms, and image AI privacy issues

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology. When my dad was sick, I started Googling grief. Then I couldn’t escape it. —Tate Ryan-Mosley, senior tech policy reporter I’ve always been a super-Googler, coping with uncertainty by trying to learn asContinue reading “The Download: trapped by grief algorithms, and image AI privacy issues”