Military drones, and forbidden US chips

New report: Generative AI in industrial design and engineering

Generative AI has the potential to transform industrial design and engineering, making it more important than ever for leaders in those industries to stay ahead. So MIT Technology Review has created a new research report that highlights the potential benefits—and pitfalls— of this new technology. 

The report includes two case studies from leading industrial and engineering companies that are already applying generative AI to their work—and a ton of takeaways and best practices from industry leaders. It is available now to download for $195.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 China’s nuclear weapons lab bought forbidden US chips
It obtained US semiconductors at least six times in the past few years despite decades-old export restrictions. (WSJ $) 

2 Baidu is developing a ChatGPT rival
With a view to integrating the chatbot into its search engine, just like Microsoft plans to. (WSJ $)
+ Here’s what ChatGPT can tell us about technohumanism. (The Atlantic $)
+ Here’s how Microsoft could use ChatGPT. (MIT Technology Review)

3 San Francisco’s self-driving cars are getting weird
To the point that residents are calling 911 about their erratic behavior. (Motherboard)
+ It’s forcing the city to reconsider its robotaxi expansion. (NBC News)
+ The big new idea for making self-driving cars that can go anywhere. (MIT Technology Review)

4 Tech’s biggest companies are channeling their inner startup
Everything’s getting too messy—it’s time to go back to basics. (Vox) 
+ The new AI arms race is being led by agile startups, not Big Tech. (WP $)  

5 The shape of water politics in the US
Tribal nations in Southwest control much of the drought-stricken region’s water. (New Yorker $)
+ Who truly pays the price of climate change? (Wired $)
+ The architect making friends with flooding. (MIT Technology Review)

6 The UK’s universities are turning on their spinouts
Commercializing technology developed on-campus comes at a price. (FT $)

7 What it takes to update the human genome
The current code is mostly based on one man, which is far from representative. (The Guardian)

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