The ideas in our “Social Machines” feature (Technology Review version, blog version) are starting to provoke responses here and there on the Web. It seems that the story’s timing was about right. Of course, we were far from the first to note the growing power of mobile devices, the rapid spread of wireless networking, and the appearance of useful new social software tools on the Web. But what happens at the intersection of those trends was what interested me. I don’t think the new Web-based social software applications would be nearly as interesting, for example, if you couldn’t access them from mobile devices such as laptops and smart phones. Quite a few people have commented that the story has given them a new way to think about this confluence. Others, of course, have pointed out the article’s shortcomings, which are many.
Here’s a selection of English-language blog entries and links:
Anti-aging drugs are being tested as a way to treat covid
Drugs that rejuvenate our immune systems and make us biologically younger could help protect us from the disease’s worst effects.
A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of
The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.
It will soon be easy for self-driving cars to hide in plain sight. We shouldn’t let them.
If they ever hit our roads for real, other drivers need to know exactly what they are.
Crypto is weathering a bitter storm. Some still hold on for dear life.
When a cryptocurrency’s value is theoretical, what happens if people quit believing?
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