Thursday, July 29, 2021

Gregory Barber

These Bendy Chips Fit in Unusual Places

Researchers think these flexible semiconductors will be able to monitor your heartbeat or tell you whether your milk has spoiled.Like anyone who designs computer chips for a living, James Myers is, at his core, a silicon guy. “Silicon is...

GitHub’s Commercial AI Tool Was Built From Open Source Code

Copilot is pitched as a helpful aid to developers. But some programmers object to the blind copying of blocks of code used to train the algorithm.Earlier this month, Armin Ronacher, a prominent open-source developer, was experimenting with a new...

The Lithium Mine Versus the Wildflower

The deposit could power 400,000 clean-energy car batteries. There’s just one roadblock: a rare, fragile species of buckwheat, which for a mine might mean extinction.Whatever act of violence occurred in the midsummer heat on that lonely white hill in...

The Mayor of Reno Is Betting Big on the Blockchain

Hillary Schieve invests in cryptocurrencies herself, and she sees the technology as a way to improve government services. Hillary Schieve, the mayor of Reno, Nevada, takes my arm before we jaywalk across the street from City Hall. She continues clutching...

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