D&T Issue 150

Thinking Beyond the Valley and Learning to Slow Down

Hi there!

It’s issue #150 of DNT Weekly and as per usual the week has been eventful. Here’s what we’ve been reading of late.

The AI hype bubble is the new crypto hype bubble – read all about it.

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We have all encountered “hustle culture” at some point. The pressure to perform, over-perform, and then perform some more has overwhelmed the creative community. Canvs Editorial discusses ways and means to wade through this phase with a friendly reminder to slow down when needed.

Microsoft is all-in on using this “copilot” metaphor across all of its products — to Power Apps, Power Virtual Agents and Power Automate.

While Baidu has developed different kinds of AI models for years, Ernie Bot looks more like a way to package the company’s existing capabilities for business users to adopt more easily.

A look at eVTOLs: what they are, how close they are to taking off, and whether any of this is a good idea for the climate.

From El Salvador to China, the tech industry looks very different than it did a year ago.

The IPCC’s synopsis of the state of climate science warns that we’re running out of time to avoid ever-worsening disaster.

The most comprehensive survey of how we share our microbiomes suggests a new way of thinking about the risks of developing some diseases that aren’t usually considered contagious.

While CAPTCHAS might be necessary for security purposes, they have a negative impact on usability.

Last month, Microsoft formally received an antitrust warning from the European Union over its bid to acquire Activision Blizzard.

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy stated that while this was a difficult decision, it was necessary for the long-term success of the company.

Their 98 page paper introducing GPT-4 proudly declares that they’re disclosing ‘nothing’ about the contents of their training set.

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