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This week’s awesome tech stories on the web (until April 16)

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COMPUTING

How Apple’s Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore’s Law Alive
Will Knight | Wired
“Apple’s most powerful chip to date has 114 billion transistors packed into more than 100 processing cores dedicated to logic, graphics and artificial intelligence, all connected to 128 gigabytes of memory. shared. But the M1 Ultra is actually a Frankenstein’s monster, consisting of two identical M1 Max chips bolted together using a silicon interface that acts as a bridge. This clever design makes the joined chips seem like they’re actually just a bigger whole.

AUGMENTED REALITY

Behind Mark Zuckerberg’s big plans for AR glasses
Alex Heath | The edge
“Zuckerberg calls AR glasses a ‘holy grail’ device that will ‘redefine our relationship with technology,’ similar to the introduction of smartphones. …Employees are racing to deliver the first generation [of Facebook’s AR goggles] by 2024 and are already working on a lighter, more advanced design for 2026, followed by a third version in 2028. The details, which together give a first full look at Meta’s AR hardware ambitions, have been shared with The edge by people familiar with the roadmap who were not authorized to speak publicly.

HEALTH

This startup wants to get inside your ears and monitor your brain
Steven Levy | Wired
“For years, people have gone from tracking their health through sporadic visits to a doctor or lab to regularly monitoring their vital signs themselves. The NextSense team is betting that with a gadget as familiar as an earphone, people will follow the same path with their brains. Then, with legions of people wearing the buds for hours, days and weeks, the company’s scientists hope to amass an incredible wealth of data, in which they will uncover the hidden patterns of mental health.

CYBER-SECURITY

Russian Hackers Tried To Bring Down Ukraine’s Power Grid To Aid Invasion
Patrick Howell O’Neil | MIT Technology Review
“Hackers attempted to destroy the computers of a Ukrainian energy company using Wiper, a malware specifically designed to destroy targeted systems by erasing key data and rendering it useless. impact remains unclear. Ukrainian officials said they foiled the attack, which they said was intended to support Russian military operations in eastern Ukraine. If successful, the hack would have caused the greatest power failure never caused by cyber security.

BIOTECHNOLOGY

Booster mRNA vaccine may help CAR-T therapy treat solid cancers
Angus Chen | Statistical
“While CAR T therapy has cured some people with blood cancers, this form of immunotherapy has so far produced poor results for solid tumors like lung or kidney cancer. But a new clinical trial from early phase presented Sunday at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conference suggests that CAR T cells may be able to shrink some solid tumors, provided they are boosted by an mRNA vaccine from BioNTech . .”

SPACE

‘No Easy Feat:’ Audacious Helicopter Rocket Capture Attempt Set for Next Week
Passing Rabie | Gizmodo
“Rocket Lab will launch its Electron rocket from New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula, carrying 34 small satellites from commercial operators like Alba Orbital, E-Space and Unseenlabs. But on the way back, the rocket booster will hopefully , won’t stick on landing, but a helicopter will catch it mid-air with a custom Sikorsky S-92, a large twin-engine craft normally used to transport oil and gas or for search and rescue, according to RocketLab.

AUTOMATING

A driverless car appears to flee the scene after being pulled over by cops
Jonathan M. Gitlin | Ars-Technica
“San Francisco police pulled over one of Cruise’s self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs, likely because the car’s headlights weren’t on while it was dark. In the video, first posted to Instagram on April 2, an officer can be heard saying, “There’s no one in it.” But seconds later, after the officer returned to his squad car, the self-driving vehicle – perhaps deciding that the road check was over – tries to move away before stopping a few hundred meters away.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Can computers learn common sense?
Matthew Hutson | the new yorker
“Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, in Seattle, told me that common sense is the ‘dark matter’ of AI.” It “so shapes what we do and what we need to do, and yet it’s ineffable,” he added. …If computer scientists could make sense of their AI systems, many tricky problems would be solved. …Such systems could work in the world because they have the kind of knowledge we take for granted.

LONGEVITY

Aging clocks aim to predict how long you will live
Jessica Hamzelou | MIT Technology Review
“The big idea behind aging clocks is that they will essentially tell how much your organs have deteriorated, and thus predict how many healthy years you have left. Of the hundreds of aging clocks developed over the last decade, however, the accuracy varies widely. And researchers are still grappling with a vital question: what does it mean to be biologically young?”

CRYPTOCURRENCY

North Korea Pulled Back Massive $600 Million Crypto Heist, Fed Says
Monica J. White | Digital trends
“Lazarus is a state-sponsored hacker group, and this isn’t the first time we’ve heard of their attacks. According to Chainalysis, the group stole at least $400 million worth of digital assets in 2021. However, that means the Axie Infinity 2022 hack is a huge escalation, considering the group managed to steal over $600 million. once.

ROBOTICS

MIT engineers have built a robot for emergency stroke surgeries
Mr. Moon | Engadget
“The team, which published its article in Scientific robotics, has now showcased a robotic arm that doctors can control remotely using a modified joystick to treat stroke patients. This arm has a magnet attached to its wrist, and surgeons can adjust its orientation to guide a magnetic wire through the patient’s arteries and vessels to remove blood clots in their brain. As with in-person procedures, surgeons will have to rely on live imaging to access the blood clot, except the machine will allow them to treat patients who are not physically in the room with them.

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