How the Internet’s Efforts to Become More Welcoming to Visually Impaired Users Are Not Working

NASA has released the second set of images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope, revealing galaxies, planets and stars in unprecedented detail.

The new images include an incredible study of the atmosphere of a gas giant planet 1,000 light-years from Earth called WASP-96b, a dying star shedding its outer layers, and an exquisite view of the Quintet of Stephan, a group of five galaxies about 300 million light-years from Earth. Take a look at them here.

—Jonathan O’Callaghan

Advances in AI are not the same as creating human intelligence in machines

The term “artificial intelligence” actually has two meanings. AI refers to both the fundamental scientific quest to embed human intelligence into computers and the work of modeling massive amounts of data. These two companies are very different, both in their ambitions and in the extent of the progress they have made in recent years.

Much of the rapid progress being made today is in data-centric AI, and we have an impressive list of people making breakthroughs in the field in this year’s MIT Technology Review. 35 Innovators under 35. Learn more about their work and what it takes to help them succeed in this essay from Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for AI.

This essay is part of the MIT Technology Review 2022 Innovators under 35 package recognizing the most promising young people working in technology today. see the full list here.

The unavoidable

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

1 Twitter is suing Elon Musk
The company said it “bent over backwards” to provide him with the data he requested. (WSJ $)
+ He also claims that much of the data he requested is essentially useless, anyway. (NY Magazine)
+ The case will be heard in Delaware, where many corporate decisions are being debated. (NYT $)
+ A look back at some of Twitter’s craziest moments. (The Guardian)
+ Twitter “loved” being Donald Trump’s favorite platform, a former employee told the Jan. 6 committee. (WP $)

2 Internet fails visually impaired users
Changes to web pages designed to help often end up getting in the way. (NYT $)

3 Sri Lanka has warned citizens not to use crypto amid its political chaos
Bad news for Sri Lankans who invested in crypto after their local currency plummeted. (Tech Crunch)
+ Crypto companies are turning to litigation. (Protocol)
+ Actor Seth Green allegedly lost valuable NFTs in a multi-million dollar scam. (Motherboard)
+ Snap is experimenting with adding NFT to its platform. (FT $)

4 Conscious Experience Remains One of AI’s Biggest Obstacles
Mainly because some experts claim it’s unique to humans. (CNET)
+ What the mind of an octopus can teach us about the ultimate mystery of AI. (MIT Technology Review)

5 How Trump’s tweets came back to bite him
His message encouraging supporters to join his protest was presented as key evidence to the January 6 committee. (Atlantic $)
+ Trump’s aides repeatedly told him he was wrong, but he continued anyway. (Wired $)
+ The 76-year-old is still the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican nomination. (New Yorker $)

6 Chinese recruiters livestream job offers to desperate job seekers
Millions of people log on hoping to get a new job. (SCMP)
+ China wants to control how its famous live streamers act, speak and even dress. (MIT Technology Review)

7 Indian rural workers are punished by a faulty government application
It often does not work in poorly connected areas and often crashes. (Rest of the world)
+ Villagers struggle to survive India’s deadly heatwaves. (MIT Technology Review)

8 Sea Turtles Equipped With Sensors Make Useful Cyclone Trackers
And also provide valuable information about the changing structure of the ocean. (Hakai Magazine)

9 An Unmanned Aircraft Spent 26 Days In The Air
The Airbus plane broke its own record in the process. (BBC)

10 To The Glory Of 80s Video Game Compilations
They don’t make them like they used to. (The Guardian)

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