D&T Issue 137

Code Snippets That Changed the World & Text to 3D

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It’s issue #137 of DNT Weekly and as per usual the week has been eventful. Here’s what we’ve been reading of late.

Every year the world seems to get more digital, but at least until the metaverse takes over, our lives continue to play out in physical spaces and revolve around stuff made of atoms. And just like entertainment products and viral trends, objects tell stories of a time and place. So with that spirit in mind, let’s look at some physical items that defined the past year.

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Only a few short lines can have a massive, global impact.

Drivers and delivery workers in Mexico view the small, high-interest loans with suspicion.

Regional platforms are in a heated battle with global giants for their slice of the lucrative live sports streaming market.

There are no transcendent insights that rise above human difference. Yet wisdom exists if we look in the right places.

Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover is a case study in destruction. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Once he finds a CEO replacement, he’ll “just run the software & servers teams,” he says.

India is an important and one of the largest markets of tech giant Google. In 2020, Google announced the $10 Bn ‘Google for India Digitization Fund’ to accelerate India’s digital economy. After two years and achieving several milestones, Google will now refocus its efforts towards AI in the country to make the internet inclusive.

The lawsuit filed in a US federal court says the $69bn (£56bn) deal by the Xbox console maker to purchase its rival will “create a monopoly in the video game industry”.

The next breakthrough to take the AI world by storm might be 3D model generators. This week, OpenAI open sourced Point-E, a machine learning system that creates a 3D object given a text prompt. According to a paper published alongside the code base, Point-E can produce 3D models in one to two minutes on a single Nvidia V100 GPU.

The move comes as U.S. lawmakers scramble to figure out how to regulate the fast-moving and complex sphere.

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