The Definition of a Dictionary
Merriam-Webster considers a dictionary that lives only on the Web—a project that could give new meaning to the word “unabridged.”
—Linda Lowenthal, copy chief
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life
With social media, everyone can be infamous for 15 minutes. The New York Times checks in with some people whose minutes are up.
Tough Old Birds
The solar-weather satellite SpaceX launched this week will replace one of many important but elderly satellites, as the Economist illustrates with a handy chart.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
Me, Meet Virtual Me
Not just gamers are excited about advances in virtual reality: neuroscientists and psychologists say it can help treat post-traumatic stress disorder and make people more healthy.
—Tom Simonite, San Francisco bureau chief
Photographer Imagines What It Looks Like to Run for Your Life
A New York photographer convinces 20 men to run as if their life depended on it.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate Web producer
The gene-edited pig heart given to a dying patient was infected with a pig virus
The first transplant of a genetically-modified pig heart into a human may have ended prematurely because of a well-known—and avoidable—risk.
Meta has built a massive new language AI—and it’s giving it away for free
Facebook’s parent company is inviting researchers to pore over and pick apart the flaws in its version of GPT-3
Saudi Arabia plans to spend $1 billion a year discovering treatments to slow aging
The oil kingdom fears that its population is aging at an accelerated rate and hopes to test drugs to reverse the problem. First up might be the diabetes drug metformin.
The dark secret behind those cute AI-generated animal images
Google Brain has revealed its own image-making AI, called Imagen. But don't expect to see anything that isn't wholesome.
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