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Inside the dirty ethics of waging war with the machines

In recent years, intelligent autonomous weapons—weapons that can select and attack targets without any human input—have become a matter of serious concern. Giving AI systems the power to decide matters of life and death will fundamentally change warfare forever.

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But real-world use of intelligent autonomous weapons that completely displace human decision-making has yet to be seen. Even “autonomous” drones and ships deployed by the US and other powers are used under close human supervision.

However, these systems have become sophisticated enough to raise new questions—ones that are more difficult to answer than well-covered fights over killer robots. What does it mean when a decision is made only partly by human and partly by machine? And when, if ever, is that decision to kill an ethical one? read full story,

-Arthur Holland Mitchell

If you’re interested in reading more about the role of AI in making life-or-death decisions, check out my colleague Will Douglas Haven’s book. Piece The discovery of the relationship between mortality and automation.

What has changed in America since the landmark climate bill was passed a year ago?

When President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act one year ago this week, he set aside an estimated $369 billion to fight climate change. Researchers and others concerned with climate have been speculating ever since what such a huge amount of cash would mean.

Our climate reporter Casey Crownhart investigates what has changed since then and what lies ahead for successful climate legislation. read full story,

Casey’s story is excerpted from his weekly climate newsletter, The Spark. Sign up To receive it in your inbox every Wednesday.

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I’ve scoured the internet to find you today’s funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

Intel is abandoning its attempt to buy the Israeli chipmaker
It was originally thwarted by Chinese regulators. ,feet ,
, China missed a crucial deadline for approving the deal. ,NYT ,
, The US-China chip war is still raging. ,MIT Technology Review,

Google is testing a chatbot that provides life advice
But how seriously you take its suggestions (if it ever gets released) is up to you. ,NYT ,
, Therapists are using AI to improve therapy. ,MIT Technology Review,

3 Amazon first aiders are motivating injured workers to keep working
The employees claim that their reports of serious injuries are being ignored. ,wired ,

4 An algorithm-less TikTok is on the horizon
But is TikTok still TikTok without hyper-personalised recommendations? ,the Atlantic ,
, New York City has jumped into the campaign to ban TikTok. ,reuters,

A US court tries to ban the abortion drug
Although the case lacks legal merit, it is still a thorn in the side for health providers. ,Vocal,
, For the time being, this decision does not affect access to mifepristone. ,Ars Technica,
, Texas is trying new strategies to restrict online access to abortion pills. ,MIT Technology Review,

Pig kidney transplant has taken more than a month to work
A gene-edited transplant into a brain-dead person could help pave the way for more flexible, safer organs. ,WSJ ,
, Meet the pigs that could solve the human organ transplant crisis. ,MIT Technology Review,

7 Computing is a major climate villain
However, the researchers are confident that it is possible to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. ,economist ,
, We’re getting a better idea of ​​AI’s true carbon footprint. ,MIT Technology Review,

8 Southeast Asian taxi drivers are born influencers
Natural storytellers are enthralling online audiences. ,rest of the world,

9 Beijing’s Cemeteries Are Going Digital 🪦
Traditional headstones are out, digital screens are in. ,Bloomberg ,
, What happens when you donate your body to science? ,MIT Technology Review,

10 chefs not worried about chatbots 🍽️
Even though the curiosity of other people in the hospitality industry is increasing. ,Guardian,
, Nutritionally, ChatGPT’s dishes are somewhat lacking. ,WSJ ,

Today’s thought

“This is the Wild West. Literally no ability.”

—Eric Jonas, who is in the process of starting an AI drug discovery company, is one of many startup employees struggling to buy critical AI chips amid global shortages, he explains the new York Times,

big story

Connecting the grid together during extreme weather will save lives

July 2022

Intense heat waves that set a temperature record across much of the US this summer overwhelmed power systems, putting vulnerable areas of the country at risk of power outages. While power largely remained online, the heavy use of energy-consuming air conditioners and the intense heat contributed to sporadic problems and shutdown calls.

The country’s isolated and antiquated grids are in dire need of an upgrade. One solution would be to more tightly integrate the country’s regional grids, linking them with more long-distance transmission lines, allowing electricity to flow between regions where it is most urgently needed. However, it is a mission that is fraught with challenges. read full story,

-James Temple

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