This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through November 12)

CRISPR Cancer Trial Success Paves Way for Personalized Treatments
Heidi Ledford nature
“A small clinical trial has shown that researchers can use CRISPR gene editing to alter immune cells so that they recognize mutated proteins specific to a person’s tumors. Those cells can then be safely released into the body to find and destroy their target. …’It is probably the most complex therapy ever attempted in the clinic,’ says study co-author Antoni Ribas, a cancer researcher and physician at the University of California, Los Angeles. ‘We are trying to make a weapon out of the patient’s own T cells.’i

IBM Pushes Qubit Count Over 400 with New Processor
Sean Timmer | Ars Technica
“Today, IBM announced the latest generation of its bird-themed family of quantum processors, the Osprey. With more than three times the qubit count of its previous generation Eagle processor, Osprey is the first to offer more than 400 qubits, indicating that the company is still on track to become the first 1,000 processor -qubit to be released next year.”

Amazon’s new robot can handle most items in the Everything Store
Will Knight | Wired
“Amazon built an e-commerce empire by automating much of the work required to move goods and pack orders in its warehouses. There’s still a lot of work to be done by humans in those massive facilities because some tasks are too complex for robots to perform reliably – but a new robot called Sparrow could change the balance between humans and machines at Amazon .”

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LG’s New Thin and Stretchable Displays Could Be Used to Wrap Skin, Cars and Furniture
Simon Cohen Digital Trends
“LG Display has announced that it has created the world’s first stretchable display that can be deformed up to 20% of its original size and shape without suffering any damage. …’Combined with its thin and light design, the revolutionary technology of the Stretchable display offers next-level flexibility for various everyday situations,’ the company said in a press release. The display is ‘easily attachable to curved surfaces such as skin, clothing, furniture, automobiles and aircraft.’i

This free comic series is amazing. You wouldn’t know an AI that drew it
Leslie Katz CNET
i‘By the new year, even the trained eye probably won’t be able to tell an AI generation from any other,’ says Coulson. ‘It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time. But you can’t put the genie back in the bottle, so we’re embracing the future as fast as we can.’ AI image generation is progressing so quickly, he says, that The Lesson, out November 1, represents a clear visual step up from the first comedy in the trilogy, Summer Island, a country horror story in the spirit of Midsommar that came out. in August. During those three months, Midjourney went through two upgrades.i

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The Lawsuit That Could Rewrite AI Copyright Rules
James Vincent The Corr
Microsoft, its subsidiary GitHub, and its business partner OpenAI were targeted in a proposed measure class action law alleging that the company’s creation of AI-powered coding assistant GitHub Copilot relies on ‘software piracy on an unprecedented scale.’ The case is only in its early stages but could have a huge impact on the wider world of AI, where companies are thriving on training software on copyright-protected data.”

Twitter’s Possible Collapse Could Wipe Out Major Records of Recent Human History
Chris Stokel-Walker | MIT Technology Review
“Almost from the time the first tweet was posted in 2006, Twitter has played an important role in world events. The platform has been used to record everything from the Arab Spring to the ongoing war in Ukraine. It has also captured our public conversations for years. But experts worry that if Elon Musk tanks the company, these rich seams of media and conversation could be lost forever. Since he acknowledged to employees in a call on November 10 that Twitter could face bankruptcy, it is a real and present risk.”

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The Age of Social Media is Over
Ian Bogost | The Atlantic
“As I have written before on this subject, people are not meant to talk much to each other. They shouldn’t have so much to say, they shouldn’t expect to get such a large audience for that talk, and they shouldn’t think they have the right to comment or retweet every thought or idea but the so much. From asking you to review every product you buy to believing that every Instagram tweet or image is liked or followed by him or her, social media has provided an uninhibited, sociopathic portrayal of the human socialism.”


The Future of Cryptography Will Be Quantum-Safe. Here’s How It Will Work.
Leila Sloman Quanta
“In 1994, computer scientist Peter Shor discovered that if quantum computers were ever invented, they would undermine much of the infrastructure used to protect information shared online. That terrifying possibility has researchers scrambling to produce new ‘post-quantum’ encryption schemes, to save as much information as they can from falling into the hands of quantum hackers.”

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