This week’s awesome tech stories on the web (until October 1)

Meta’s new text-to-video AI generator is like DALL-E for video
Jacques-Vincent | The edge
“The videos are clearly contrived, with blurry subjects and distorted animation, but still represent a significant evolution in the field of AI content generation. … while it is clear that these videos are computer generated, the output of these AI models will improve rapidly in the near future.For comparison, in just a few years, AI image generators have gone from creating borderline incomprehensible images to photorealistic content.

The era of fast and cheap genome sequencing has arrived
Emilie Mullin | Wired
“Illumina has just announced a machine capable of cracking genomes twice as fast as its current version and reducing the cost to $200 per person. … Illumina CEO Francis deSouza says the most powerful model will be able to sequence 20,000 genomes a year; its current machines can do about 7,500. Illumina will start selling the new machines today and ship them next year.

Bipedal Cassie sets Guinness World Record for 100 meter robotic sprint
New Atlas | Nick Lavars
“If the thought of a two-legged robot chasing you through the streets keeps you awake at night, then you can rest easy…for now. A droid named Cassie set a Guinness World Record for sprinting 100 meters by a bipedal robot, and while far from the breakneck pace of the world’s top athletes, it is an impressive display of robotics and engineering.

We are witnessing the birth of a new artistic medium
Etienne Marche | Atlantic
“Artificial intelligence will not replace creativity. It will simply reconfigure the nature of creativity, as machines have done since the advent of modernity. So let’s turn from ridiculous fear to wonderful newness. Creative AI is the art of big data, perhaps the most direct form of artistic reproduction. What could be more appropriate for our moment?

The long road to driverless trucks
Cade Metz | The New York Times
“Eighteen-wheelers are now on the highways in states like California and Texas. But there are always human “safety drivers” behind the wheel. What will it take to get them out? … “There are so many issues that are actually much more complex than they appear on paper,” said Steve Viscelli, an economic and political sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania who specializes in trucking. …’Just when you think this technology is almost here,” said Tom Schmitt, general manager of Forward Air, a trucking company that has just begun a test with Kodiak’s self-driving trucks, “there are still five years to go.”I

Cryptocurrency emissions: Bitcoin has emitted 200 million tons of CO2 since its launch
Matthew Sparkes | new scientist
“Bitcoin miners have emitted almost 200 million tons of carbon dioxide over the cryptocurrency’s short history, researchers at the University of Cambridge have calculated. Their estimate for the 13 years since launch of bitcoin exceeds the emissions of the entire Colombian country in 2018.”

The fingerprint of the first stars in the universe could be found near a black hole
Monisha Ravisetti | CNET
“Experts believe that these stellar ancestors were so colossal that if they were still around, they would make the sun look like a faint yellow bobble. (And, I mean, our host star is an ocean of plasma big enough to hold 1 .3 million Earths inside.) Moreover, when these extreme bodies died, their supernovae would have been to standard starbursts what nuclear bombs are to backyard fireworks. while consuming.

How big is infinity?
Patrick Honer | Quanta
“You may know that some sets of numbers are infinitely large, but did you know that some infinities are larger than others? And we don’t know if there are other infinities sandwiched in between. we know best?Mathematicians have been thinking about this second question for at least a century, and some recent work has changed the way people think about the question.

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