This week’s awesome tech stories from around the web (through November 12)

CRISPR Cancer Trial Success Paves the Way for Personalized Therapies
Heidi Ledford | Nature
“A small clinical trial has shown that researchers can use CRISPR gene editing to modify immune system cells so that they recognize mutated proteins that are specific to a person’s tumors. These cells can then be safely released into the body to find and destroy their target. … “It’s probably the most complex treatment ever attempted in the clinic,” says study co-author Antoni Ribas, a cancer researcher and physician at the University of California, Los Angeles. “We’re trying to build an army from the patient’s own T cells.”I

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

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

LG’s new thin and stretchy screens 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 deform up to 20% of its original size and shape without sustaining any damage. …“Along with its slim, lightweight design, the revolutionary Stretchable Display technology offers next-level flexibility for various everyday scenarios,” the company said in a press release. The screen is “easily attached to curved surfaces such as skin, clothing, furniture, cars and aircraft”.I

This free comic series is gorgeous. You’d never know AI designed it
Leslie Katz | CNET
I“By the new year, even the trained eye probably won’t be able to discern one generation of AI from any other,” says Coulson. “It’s exciting and scary 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 imagery is moving so quickly, he adds, that The Lesson, out Nov. 1, marks a clear visual step from the first comic in the trilogy, Summer Island, a Midsommar folk horror story that came out. in August. During those three months, Midjourney went through two upgrades.I

The lawsuit that could rewrite the AI ​​copyright rules
James Vincent | The lip
Microsoft, its subsidiary GitHub and its business partner OpenAI have been targeted in one proposal class action claiming that the companies’ creation of AI-powered coding assistant GitHub Copilot is based on “software piracy on an unprecedented scale.” The case is only in its early stages, but it could have a huge impact on the wider world of artificial intelligence, where companies are winning fortunes from training software on copyrighted data.”

The potential collapse of Twitter could wipe out vast records of recent human history
Chris Stockel-Walker | MIT Technology Review
“Almost from the moment the first tweet was posted in 2006, Twitter has played a major role in world events. The platform has been used to document everything from the Arab Spring to the ongoing war in Ukraine. It has also recorded our public conversations for years. But experts worry that if Elon Musk takes the company out of business, those rich seams of media and conversation could be lost forever. Given his admission to employees on a Nov. 10 call that Twitter could face bankruptcy, it’s a real and present risk.”

The age of social media is ending
Ian Bogost | The Atlantic
“As I’ve written before on this topic, people just aren’t meant to talk to each other that much. They should not have so much to say, should not expect to receive such a large audience for this expression, nor should they assume the right to comment or respond to every thought or idea. From being asked to review every product you buy to believing that every tweet or Instagram picture warrants likes or comments or follows, social media has produced a positive, sociopathic rendering of human sociability.”


The future of cryptography will be quantum secure. See how it will work.
Leila Sloman | Quanta
“In 1994, computer scientist Peter Shor discovered that if quantum computers were ever invented, they would decimate much of the infrastructure used to protect information shared on the internet. This terrifying possibility has led researchers to try to create 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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