This is today’s edition of The transfer🇧🇷 our weekly newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s happening in the tech world.
The US and China are pointing fingers at each other over climate change
The UN climate conference wrapped up over the weekend after a marathon of talks that ended. The most notable result was the creation of a fund to help poor countries pay for climate damage, which was hailed as a victory. In addition, some leaders are concerned that not enough progress has been made in this year’s negotiations.
As a result, everyone is pointing fingers, blaming others for not acting fast enough on climate finance. Activists are calling the US a ‘colossal fossil’, while American leaders complain of being blamed, while China is the current top emitter.
But when it comes to figuring out who should pay what in taking responsibility for climate damage, we need to look beyond current emissions. When you add up historical emissions, it becomes super clear: the US is by far the biggest total emitter, accounting for about a quarter. Read the full story.
Casey’s story is from Spark, her weekly newsletter that delves into the complicated science of climate change. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Wednesday.
We could run out of data to train AI language programs
What’s happening? Big language models are one of the hottest areas of AI research right now, with companies racing to release programs like GPT-3 that can write impressively coherent papers and even computer code. But there’s a problem looming on the horizon, according to a team of AI analysts: We may run out of data to train them.
How much time do we have? As researchers build more powerful models with greater capabilities, they have to find more and more texts to train them on. The types of data normally used for these models could be used in the near future – as early as 2026, according to a paper by researchers at Epoch, an AI research and forecasting organization. Read the full story.
Podcast: Want a job? The AI will see you now.
In the past, hiring decisions were made by people. Today, some important decisions that determine whether or not someone gets a job are made by algorithms. In this episode of our award-winning podcast, In Machines We Trust, we meet some of the big players making this technology, including the CEOs of HireVue and myInterview – and we test some of these tools ourselves.
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The required readings
I scoured the internet to find the most fun/important/scary/fascinating tech stories.
1 The FTX meltdown should be a big wake-up call for the crypto industry
Unfortunately, this will not necessarily result in better regulation. 🇧🇷New Yorker 🇧🇷
🇧🇷 Cryptocurrency isn’t known for paying attention to bad omens, after all. 🇧🇷Vox🇧🇷
🇧🇷 FTX has invested millions in, err, a small bank. 🇧🇷NYT 🇧🇷
🇧🇷 Sam Bankman-Fried’s favorite “longtermism” ideology rings false. 🇧🇷motherboard🇧🇷
🇧🇷 He also didn’t do the effective altruism movement any favors. 🇧🇷the atlantic 🇧🇷
2 Elon Musk Probably Won’t Declare Bankruptcy
That doesn’t mean your funders can rest easy, however. 🇧🇷the atlantic 🇧🇷
🇧🇷 Here’s who’s paying for Twitter right now. 🇧🇷NYT 🇧🇷
🇧🇷 Former Twitter employees fear the platform will only last a few weeks. (MIT Technology Review)
3 Measles is a growing global threat
Vaccination rates are low and it’s incredibly contagious. 🇧🇷axles🇧🇷
4 Maybe It’s Time We Stop Automatically Trusting Billionaires
Exercising a healthy cynicism is not the same as being a hater. 🇧🇷Vox🇧🇷
🇧🇷 Many great tech bosses wrongly assumed that their ups and downs would last forever. 🇧🇷Slate 🇧🇷
5 The True Cost of America’s War on China’s Chips
The more expensive the components, the more expensive the final product will be. 🇧🇷FT 🇧🇷
🇧🇷 Workers at the world’s largest iPhone factory are rioting. 🇧🇷Bloomberg 🇧🇷
🇧🇷 Inside the software that will become the next battlefront in the US-China chip war. (MIT Technology Review)
7 Why Future Concrete May Contain Bacteria
Bioconcrete is strong and, crucially, greener. 🇧🇷Economist 🇧🇷
🇧🇷 These living bricks use bacteria to build themselves. (MIT Technology Review)
8 The Amazon Shopping Experience Really Sucks These Days
And it’s because everything is an advertisement. 🇧🇷WP 🇧🇷
9 What it’s like to love the technology the world has left behind
From Walkmans to BlackBerrys, these ardent fans won’t let go. 🇧🇷The Guardian🇧🇷
🇧🇷 Smartphones have survived all attempts to replace them. 🇧🇷The Verge🇧🇷
10 Comments on YouTube videos are works of art
Literally – an artist turned them into real art. 🇧🇷New Yorker 🇧🇷
quote of the day
“He’s always trying to make people laugh, that’s why he makes all his cars suicidal.”
—Dril, one of the seminal personalities of the “Weird Twitter” humorous corner, reflects on Elon Musk’s surreal leadership of the washington post🇧🇷
the big story
What does it really mean to break Big Tech?
For Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet, Covid-19 has been an economic boon. Even as the pandemic sent the global economy into a deep recession and crippled the profits of most companies, these companies – often referred to as the “Big Four” of tech – not only survived, but thrived.
Yet at the same time, they are under unprecedented attack from politicians and government regulators in the US and Europe, in the form of new processes, bills and regulations. There’s no denying that pressure is mounting to rein in the power of Big Tech. But what would that entail? Read the full story.
We can still have good things
+ this kitty goalkeeper it is simply extraordinary.
+ I really like the color combinations this Twitter bot created (thanks Niall!)
+ Atarah Ben-Tovim sounded like a incredibly inspiring music teacher🇧🇷
+ How to expand your cinema horizons and delve into something new.
+ After the recent chess cheating scandal, I can no longer trust anyone. See how to identify a dishonest opponent🇧🇷