The life and legacy of Lynn Conway

Founders take community-building into their own hands

Grassroots efforts for community-building have been springing up as some tech founders themselves seek to build the connection they feel is lacking.

Tech companies are putting DEI on the backburner

Tech companies have been rolling back their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts, with companies like Zoom, Google, and Meta cutting or totally eliminating programs and teams meant to address systemic barriers that have kept everyone from getting the same opportunities in the industry.

Predicting heart attacks with AI

The problem: If someone with chest pain gets a computed tomography (CT) scan that shows no immediate danger, they might not be out of the woods — in the U.K., roughly two-thirds of people who get sent home eventually have a major cardiac event, like a heart attack.

Are AI companies being too risky?

People who go on about the danger of AI get written off as ‘doomers,’ but when it’s the people who helped build the tech in the first place, it’s probably wise not to brush them off.

Apple gets its head in the AI game

Apple’s annual developer conference begins on Monday, but we already have an idea of what we can expect to see. One is an expected partnership with OpenAI to power AI features on Apple products, including an overhauled Siri that can essentially use your iPhone for you, analyzing your activity and using whatever app is needed to fulfil a command.

Charging your electric car in 10 minutes

The problem: Supercapacitors are an alternative to batteries that promise incredibly rapid charging times (think 10 minutes for an EV, and a minute for your phone), but the fact that they store less energy than typical batteries has kept them from being practical.

Canadian startups take their place in the chip market

Canadian startups aren’t letting stiff competition from multinationals keep them from finding a place in the chip market.

VCs are moving past last year’s doom and gloom


 Canadian VCs aren’t letting foreboding warnings about the market dampen their spirits. 

Stem cells could cure diabetes

The problem: Diabetes can cause serious complications, even with proper insulin treatments to manage the disease. A man in China, for example, needed a kidney transplant and was losing function in his pancreas after living with Type 2 diabetes for 25 years.

Meta AI is getting around the company’s news block

Meta’s AI push might be undermining its efforts to block news in Canada and avoid a big bill to publishers.

Is AI video enough to keep Nvidia growing?

How big can Nvidia get? Not only did Nvidia have another record-setting quarter, it expects revenue to keep climbing. Even though big tech companies are stocked up on its AI chips, CEO Jensen Huang believes orders are going to keep coming in as companies develop models for things like video.

LockBit keeps attacking Canadian companies

Whether you run a drugstore chain or mow lawns, the world’s most prolific ransomware group has its eyes on you.

An HIV vaccine may be within reach

The problem: HIV mutates faster than the immune system can make antibodies to fight it. That’s one reason it has been so hard to develop a vaccine — the version of the virus someone is protected from would be totally different from the one they may be infected with.

The booming business of death tech

Death and taxes are the only two certainties in life, and now you can make sure you’re ready for both from your phone.

Search (and the internet) are about to get very different

Think of how often you Google things, and it might give you an idea of how much a redesign of its core product is about to change how the whole internet works.

Explain It Like I'm Five: Accessible technology

The AI agents are coming

What might seem like really cool new chatbots are the latest steps towards what several big tech companies hope will be the future of AI.

Psychedelic toads could unlock new mental health treatments

The problem: Psychedelics like LSD and magic mushrooms are a buzzy research area because of their potential mental health benefits. But they still aren’t well-understood, and might not be practical for people who can’t work a hallucination into their day-to-day lives.

Why big tech loves to get up in Arms

If you thought the AI boom was done turning companies into tech giants, think again.

Explain It Like I'm Five: U.S.-China technology restrictions

Both countries have been putting limits on the other’s technology, mostly through import and export restrictions that dictate what U.S. tech companies can send to or accept from China (and vice versa). But it’s also starting to play out on the software front, like a U.S. bill to potentially ban TikTok, or China forcing Apple to pull WhatsApp, Threads, and Signal from the App Store.

Shopify is on shaky ground with investors

Shopify’s president said they are “building a 100-year company,” but investors don’t seem willing to wait that long.

New iPads are the first step in Apple’s AI play

Apple’s big event yesterday was less about getting a look at new tablets and more about what’s inside of them.

Fighting waste with plastic-eating bacteria

The problem: Plastic waste persists because there aren’t many micro-organisms that can break it down — it’s built differently on a molecular level from the organic trash they typically eat. 

Hackers are also getting ready for the Olympics

It’s not just top athletes that’ll go toe-to-toe in Paris this summer — it will also be the stage for a showdown between hackers and cybersecurity teams.

Sanctuary AI sets its sights on the future of robotics

A Canadian startup could be making your new robot coworker (eventually).

Explain It Like I'm Five: Audio data compression

What is audio data compression?

To turn music into a digital file, the sound wave is turned into data. The resulting files often leave out finer audio details but are smaller, which was important when people stored their music on a computer hard drive or MP3 player.

AI isn’t the only way tech companies are making money

Some tech companies have found a novel strategy for success: selling stuff.

Using mRNA to personalize skin cancer vaccines

The problem: Melanoma affects 132,000 people every year globally. While surgery and radiation can treat the disease, especially if it’s caught early, cancer cells can linger.

Instagram kicks reposts out of its algorithm

Your Instagram feed might soon be less dominated by reposted videos and screenshots of old tweets.

The news industry is getting cozier with AI

SNL’s Colin Jost telling a room of journalists that they were training AI that would replace them might be less ‘White House correspondents’ dinner joke’ and more ‘preview of this week’s tech news.’

Tech companies are getting pushed for results, not hype

Investors who were unnerved yesterday morning ended up sleeping easy, thanks to some better-than-expected financials from major tech companies.

Generative AI is in an existential crisis

A lot of new technology goes through an initial “what is this good for” stage, but when it comes to generative AI, some folks are getting impatient for an answer.

Explain It Like I'm Five: AI parameters

Parameters are connections between data in an AI model. Developers refine parameters to guide an AI’s behaviour — giving connections more or less weight tells the AI that certain data and actions are more important than others.

The fight over TikTok is just the beginning

Scientists enlist millions of gamers as research assistants

The human gut has a big impact on someone’s health, but exactly what that looks like is dictated by interactions between trillions of microbes that change drastically based on diet and lifestyle. All of those different variables can make researching it really complicated.

Not everyone is mad about the capital gains tax

No one gets stoked about taxes, but that doesn't mean it’s all doom and gloom in the tech sector right now.

TikTok ban bill gets a shot in the arm

The TikTok bill is moving along with a tried-and-true strategy in U.S. politics: group a contentious bill with a bunch of unrelated stuff that’s more likely to pass. 

What happened: Tonight, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take another run at a bill that would force TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, to divest the app or face a ban. 

Meta’s new AI is about to be everywhere

Don’t get distracted by Mark Zuckerberg’s new look — Meta’s AI news is worth paying attention to.

Explain It Like I'm Five: Bitcoin halving

Halving is when the amount of bitcoin awarded for mining is cut in half. Mining is a metaphor for how bitcoin goes into circulation — put simply, computers run formulas to verify the code that keeps bitcoin transactions secure, and get shiny new bitcoin as a reward for their work. The reward is currently 6.25 bitcoin and will be cut to 3.125.

Hey, what’s going on at LinkedIn?

It’s easy to mock LinkedIn for its “hustle culture” posts and toxic corporate positivity, but that’s exactly what’s making the company a lot of money. 

Budget aims to build momentum for Canadian innovations

The government’s plan to support Canada’s innovation sector is less about opening its own wallet and more about sparking investments from elsewhere.

Growing muscles for robots

It’s hard to get robots to move smoothly. All of those rigid parts make for stiff movements and a lot of wasted energy, which — besides looking silly — doesn’t make them all that useful for the commercial settings they are being developed for.

The next AI models could be trained by gig workers

New side hustle alert: teaching ChatGPT how to be a better writer.

Apple takes a (small) step towards right to repair

Explain It Like I'm Five: CPUs and GPUs

A central processing unit (CPU) is a chip that acts like the brain of a computer, managing all of the tasks that keep a system going, from running programs to passing instructions to hardware. A CPU does this with a handful of “cores” — parts of the chip that quickly process data and handle instructions.

Independent web browsers are so trendy in Europe

It turns out the key to breaking Big Tech’s hold on the browser market is letting people know that other options exist.

What Google announced at Cloud Next

No better place than Las Vegas for Google to put a big bet on growing its cloud business.

Getting more cancer tests with faster scans

Prostate cancer is among the most common forms of the disease, with an estimated 25,900 new cases in Canada last year. It is highly treatable if caught early, but a diagnosis requires a three-stage MRI, with the last stage involving an injection of contrast dye to make the scan easier to read.

Digitizing an entire country

It’s important for you to digitally back up your photos and documents, a lesson some countries are putting into practice.

AI class is in session

Students who are sick of not being allowed to use AI to finish their work might want to transfer to a business school.

Explain It Like I'm Five: Made-for-advertising websites

Made-for-advertising (MFA) sites are crammed with as many ads as possible, drawing in visitors with spammy clickbait, fake news, and conspiracy content.

Quantum computers are getting better at their jobs

There’s been a big leap forward in making a potentially revolutionary technology less accident-prone.

The XZ backdoor could have been really bad

While you were enjoying the long weekend, engineers and developers were fixing what could have been one of the biggest cybersecurity incidents of all time.

Memories could be locked away in DNA

The problem: No one is exactly sure how memories are formed. Scientists know certain parts of the brain play an important role, as do electrical signals passing between neurons, but precisely how stuff gets encoded in your mind remains a minor mystery.

Dr. Chatbot is taking patients

Think about the last time you had ChatGPT write something for you and consider this: Would you be comfortable with that bot giving a teen mental health advice?

Explain It Like I'm Five: Zero-day vulnerabilities

What is a zero-day vulnerability?

Any security flaw or vulnerability in a computer system that its owners or developers don’t know about.

Benchmarks are the latest frontier of AI hype

We’re sorry to report that ~vibes~ might be the only way to judge AI models.

Feds will take a closer look at foreign tech investments

The government revealed what recent changes to the law regulating foreign investments in Canadian companies will mean for investors: more paperwork.

Turning pigs into organ donors

A lot of people are waiting for life-saving organ donations, especially kidneys. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, nearly 1,800 kidneys were transplanted in 2022, but 2,813 people were still on waiting lists and 117 died before getting one.

Class is in session for Spotify

The tuition for Spotify University could be the latest way the streamer gets as much money as it can from its users.

Reddit’s IPO was a success. Now what?

Before we get too far into it, let’s answer a burning question: Yes, someone dressed as Reddit’s alien mascot rang the NYSE’s opening bell on Thursday.

Explain It Like I'm Five: Retail media

What is retail media?

It’s when retailers use their customers’ purchase data to target ads across the internet. If you buy peanut butter, your grocery store might start hitting you with peanut butter ads when you visit websites, social media platforms, and even while watching TV.

The GPT Store isn’t doing AI any favours

An app store that was meant to get more developers and users interested in AI might be doing just the opposite.

Nvidia has more to show off than faster chips

Why putting AI on your phone is a big deal

The next phase of the AI boom may not be about what it can do, but where it runs.

Pet medicine could protect humans from ticks

The problem: Nature-loving Canadians have to be extra diligent about their post-hike tick check thanks to climate change. Longer summers let more ticks survive and reproduce, mild winters mean tick season is starting earlier, and animals looking for new habitats are carrying ticks to more places. All of this adds up to higher rates of Lyme disease, for which there is no human vaccine.

How a Canadian startup fits into Apple’s AI goals

Apple’s latest stealthy acquisition brings a Canadian startup into AI plans that are slowly coming into focus.

Explain It Like I'm Five: Satoshi Nakamoto

Who is Satoshi Nakamoto?

Great question. I have no idea.

Are smart glasses looking like a good idea?

Yes, Mark Zuckerberg talking to his glasses in a onesie could be a breakthrough moment for smart glasses.

Bill that would force TikTok divestiture gets closer to becoming law

Getting users and creators to lobby on its behalf didn’t help TikTok’s parent company make new friends in Washington.

The billionaires are fighting about AI again

Most online arguments are pretty easy to ignore, but sometimes the arguments are about how to spend billions of dollars on a world-changing technology.

Cheaper superconductors could make fusion energy a reality

In 2021, when MIT researchers proved that nuclear fusion — how stars combine atoms to generate energy — could be replicated to provide power here on Earth, there was a caveat: The superconducting magnets needed were so large and costly that the process was light-years away from being practical. 

Prompt engineers could be the next job replaced by AI

Prompt engineering might not be the path to AI riches it has been made out to be.

Explain It Like I'm Five: How to create new emojis

How can I get my idea turned into an emoji?

You’ll need to submit it to the Unicode Consortium, which begins accepting proposals again on April 2.

Worldcoin has to stop scanning Spanish eyes

It turns out that a sci-fi-looking orb that scans and stores your biological data might raise some questions from privacy regulators.

Car software might be the next opportunity for developers

AI companies are buying your old Tumblr and Reddit posts

The next big business opportunity in AI might be websites selling their users’ posts. 

A Toyota that sucks up carbon dioxide

The problem: Gas-powered cars are a big contributor to the world’s carbon emissions, but the transition to electric vehicles is sputtering as consumers remain skittish about pricey purchases. Toyota is one of the biggest skeptics among major automakers, estimating that the EV market will top out at 30% of drivers, meaning that carbon reduction will have to come from elsewhere.

Figure gets a lot of cash to bring robots to factories

The market for human-looking robots just got a lot more money pumped into it.

What happened: Figure AI announced a US$675 million Series B round that values the two-year-old robotics startup at US$2.6 billion. Some big names in tech seem to think it’s a solid enough bet that their cash comes with new partnerships.

Explain It Like I'm Five: Diffusion transformers

What is a diffusion transformer?

It’s actually a combination of two concepts — diffusion and transformers — that make better-performing AI image and video generators.

Hackers probably don’t care about your smart devices

Be less worried about your smart toothbrush’s security and take a look at the office WiFi router instead.

Online Harms Act puts tech companies on notice

Debates about regulating online content and the safety of children can get… heated, to say the least. So before the yelling starts, let’s take a look at what tech companies will actually be expected to do under the Online Harms Act.

Finding the right antidepressant with genetic testing

The problem: Prescribing antidepressants involves a bit of trial and error: Between 40% and 60% of patients don’t respond to the first antidepressant they’re prescribed. Studies have shown that genetics account for up to 42% of variations in how patients with similar symptoms respond differently to the same medication.

Catching up on Mobile World Congress

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has become a major event for tech companies to show off their new phones, wearables, and software features. Here’s what’s getting the most attention (and why).

Explain It Like I'm Five: AI tokens and context windows

What are AI tokens?

The smallest units of information that AI breaks words and sentences into to make them easier to process. How many tokens an AI can process at once is called a “context window,” and it can include multiple prompts and requests, letting a system consider several things you might have told it at once.

Reddit is (finally) ready to make its IPO

TL;DR: Reddit is coming to the stock market.

The AI boom is getting more specialized

You know what they say: bot of all trades, master of none.

VCs are worried about money, too

Tech companies that want to catch an investor’s eye need to think less about flashy moonshots and more about old-fashioned returns on investment.

Recruiting viruses to cut carbon emissions

The problem: Climate change is thawing out permafrost. When the preserved microbes within the permafrost wake up, they begin breaking down the dead plant matter around them, releasing more carbon into the atmosphere.

The solution: Scientists at Ohio State University are researching if viruses could stop the vicious cycle.

Walmart has big plans for the small screen

Walmart's new acquisition isn’t about making money selling TVs — it’s about selling the ads people watch on them.

Explain It Like I'm Five: Data clean rooms

What is a data clean room?

A secure platform where companies can share and compare their customer data. 

Why would you need a special platform for that?

Most of what’s shared in a clean room is personally identifiable data — email addresses, purchase data, IP addresses — that a company has but isn’t allowed to share. A clean room ensures that sensitive data brought in doesn’t come out, which is generally considered to be safe under most privacy regulations.

OpenAI’s new video generator is scary good

OpenAI’s video generator brings two words to mind: “wow” and “uh-oh.”

Data centres have a big carbon footprint, and AI is making it bigger

The corporate sector’s mad dash for AI may be leaving sustainability goals behind.

Driving the news: Data centres are driving up electricity demand, which is expected to double by 2026. While some of this can be attributed to more internet use and electrification in countries like China, a big culprit is AI, which requires massive amounts of data processing.

What happened with ArriveCan?

How did ArriveCan, an app for screening travellers during the COVID-19 pandemic, become a spending scandal that has dogged the government for over a year?

Gemini is a sign of new times at Google

The Gemini AI model-slash-chatbot isn’t just Google’s effort to catch up with OpenAI — it's an experiment that could totally change the company’s future.

Explain It Like I'm Five: C2PA

C2PA is a group started by Adobe and Microsoft to find ways to certify online media’s provenance: where it comes from and how it was created. This information includes if an AI platform was used to create a piece of media, helping companies curb deepfakes and disinformation. The C2PA acronym also sometimes refers to the metadata standard the coalition created.

How Canada could improve its AI sovereignty

The government might need to step up its game if Canadian startups are going to keep up in the AI race.

What happened: Industry Minister François-Philippe Champagne signed a letter of intent with Nvidia. Details have not been released, but Champagne said in an X post that the government and chip maker would “explore opportunities” to create AI computing power in Canada.

Does your company need a chief AI officer?

If you want your company’s AI adoption to go smoothly, maybe you should put it in a corner office.

Driving the news: Companies across sectors have been hiring chief AI officers (CAIOs), from Accenture and GE HealthCare to eBay and Ashley.

Reasons to add “proficient in AI” to your resume

They’re coming: job postings for entry-level roles requiring 10 years of AI experience.

Driving the news: Ever since the launch of ChatGPT in 2022 and the resulting frenzy over AI-powered technology, businesses including Equifax, Accenture, and Ashley have been scrambling to hire executives to lead their AI initiatives, per The New York Times

Explain It Like I'm Five: Quantum computers

Computers that use principles of quantum physics to run computations, which could make them really fast. Typical computers use bits, units of data that can either exist as a 0 or a 1. Quantum computers use quantum bits, or “qubits,” which can be a 0 and a 1 simultaneously. In quantum physics, this is called superposition.

Ottawa is spending millions less on startups than it promised

The federal government’s plan to be a first buyer for Canadian startups is falling short of its goals.

Software bugs are the latest bump in the road for EVs

Automakers navigating their electric transitions need a bit of tech support.

Software issues forced Volvo to delay deliveries of the EX30 electric SUV. Though the unspecified glitch has been resolved, new vehicles were held back by roughly two weeks. This was after production on Volvo’s high-end EX90 was pushed from late last year to mid-2024 to give it more time to ensure its complex software worked properly.

NASA builds a new tool to pop open a jar of space dirt

Lids get stuck. Sometimes it’s a pickle jar, and sometimes it’s a container full of dust from a 4.5 billion-year-old asteroid. That latter is what NASA faced last fall when it recovered the canister from a space rock named Bennu. NASA uses sterile environments so samples don’t get contaminated by Earth air, but none of the tools approved for the locked-down boxes could remove the final two of 35 fasteners.

So...why are they putting chips in people's brains?

If you don’t trust Elon Musk to stick stuff into your brain, the good news is he’s not your only option.

What happened: Musk’s Neuralink implanted its first chip into a human brain. The company has not made a formal announcement, but Musk posted on X that the recipient is “recovering well” with “promising neuron spike detection,” presumably referring to activity between the cells that send messages throughout the body.

Explain It Like I'm Five: Encrypted Messaging

What is end-to-end encryption?

A messaging system where only the users can participate. This means your internet provider, mobile provider, law enforcement and even the company that makes the app you are using can’t read your messages.

Is Google’s Gemini worth the hype?

Anyone paying attention to Google’s big AI announcement on Wednesday may have been left with two main questions: how is it different from ChatGPT, and is it any good?

Amazon’s satellite internet gets closer to a Canadian launch

Amazon is still preparing to send its first satellite into space, but it has started laying the groundwork for bringing its internet service to Canada.

What happened: Amazon’s job site currently has a posting for a country manager to run Project Kuiper, the company’s satellite broadband internet service, in Canada.

Sony’s modular PlayStation controller makes gaming more accessible

The problem: Because no one’s accessibility needs are exactly the same, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all way to make video game consoles accessible to people with disabilities.

The solution: Sony’s Access controller for the PlayStation 5 is a modular device that allows players to arrange and remap the buttons to pick a configuration that works for them. 

An alliance of tech heavyweights pushes for AI to have an open source future

More than 50 organizations have joined together to get the industry on board with open AI (no, not that one).

What happened: Meta and IBM are leading what is called the AI Alliance, a group advocating for an open source approach to developing AI, saying it is the faster way to innovate and identify societal risks.

23andMe is the latest in a year of huge cyberattacks

People are used to getting surprises when they sign up for 23andMe, but “some hackers got their hands on your DNA” usually isn’t among them.

What happened: 23andMe disclosed that an October data breach allowed hackers to steal data from 6.9 million users.

Explain It Like I'm Five: Digital advertising and the Online News Act

What is the Online News Act?

A law coming into effect in a few weeks that would see certain tech companies pay Canadian publishers in exchange for having news on their platforms. It is based on Australia’s News Bargaining Code, which mandates that tech platforms enter a negotiation process with outlets to determine that number.

How do the tech companies feel about it?

Meta pulled news from its services so it didn’t have to be bound by the Act’s terms. Google was prepared to do the same, but reached a deal with the government this week.

Why farmers might make it easier to fix your fridge

A big step forward in a legal battle between farmers and the leading equipment manufacturer in North America could also advance right-to-repair rules for everyone.
 
Driving the news: A U.S. judge rejected John Deere’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit from farmers claiming the company is actively restricting services for maintenance and repair.

ChatGPT is a bit of a blabbermouth

Getting math problems wrong isn’t the only way ChatGPT is becoming less smart — apparently, it is pretty easy to trick into sharing its secrets (including, potentially, yours).

What happened: Researchers from Google’s DeepMind and five universities discovered an “attack” prompt for ChatGPT that got the platform to share parts of its training data, revealing personal information of random people and copyrighted material.

Japan’s wooden satellites could fix the problem of space junk

Between decommissioned satellites and bits shed from spacecraft, humans leave a lot of metal in the atmosphere. That reflective junk creates light pollution, bashes into the International Space Station, and — when it falls out of orbit and into the atmosphere — burns up into millions of tiny metallic particles. 

The government’s digital transformation lead is quitting

What might be the least desirable job in all of Canadian tech — helping the government update thousands of aging software platforms and apps — is about to become vacant.

What happened: Catherine Luelo, the government’s chief information officer, will be leaving her post in December after roughly two years on the job. A letter to staff did not give a reason for her departure.

Adobe’s Figma deal the latest to hit a regulator roadblock

Regulators might be playing catch-up when it comes to keeping the tech sector competitive, but they are working hard to make up for lost time.

What happened: The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority has effectively blocked Adobe’s US $20 billion acquisition of Figma until the companies remedy anti-competitive issues it has identified.

Huawei backs new Canadian AI lab

One of the foremost researchers in artificial intelligence is hoping people will keep an “open mind” about where his new lab is getting its money.

What happened: Openmind, a new AI research lab from Canadian AI pioneer Richard Sutton, is getting $4.8 million in funding from Chinese technology giant Huawei.

Why the philosophical rift at OpenAI might become everyone’s problem

If you’ve been wondering what “EA” means as you’ve been reading about the Sam Altman/OpenAI saga or why those “e/acc” accounts on X are so riled up about it, now might be a good time to get up to speed.

After 50 years, someone figured out how to make a thinner fridge

Even with all the screens and smart features, the basic form of a refrigerator hasn’t seen much innovation since the 1960s: A big box with thick foam that uses a lot of power. But Whirlpool might have changed that.

Cleantech, open banking get help from the feds

Housing and the cost-of-living crisis got the most attention in the government’s fall economic statement yesterday, but it also had some (eagerly awaited) support for parts of the tech sector.

What happened: The government is putting big bucks into making carbon capture and other environmental tech more economically viable. 

Sam Altman is CEO of OpenAI again

It looks like Sam Altman is going to end a whirlwind five days at the same place he started it: as CEO of OpenAI.

What happened: After reopening negotiations amid intense pressure from investors and staff, OpenAI’s board stepped down and paved the way for Altman to be reinstated.

Microsoft bakes up its own computer chips

Just like making nachos at home is cheaper than getting them delivered from a restaurant, Microsoft hopes making its own computer chips will help rein in its AI costs.

What happened: Among the many AI-related announcements Microsoft made at its Ignite conference this week was a pair of new chips it will build itself, geared towards reducing the costs of delivering its sprawling suite of services.

How brand safety tech hurts news websites

In Mad Men, Don Draper pulled airline ads so they wouldn’t run next to newspaper stories about a plane crash. Now imagine if that was happening all the time, every day, to every online news site.

We may have figured out how to grow plants on the moon

It’s not quite Matt Damon starting a potato field on Mars, but recent experiments could help make moon farms a real possibility.

Amazon’s gaming team latest victim of tech layoffs

The fall season brings colourful leaves, pumpkin spice lattes — and, if you work in tech, the unfortunate, looming spectre of layoffs.

What happened: Amazon cut 180 positions from its gaming division after shutting down its Crown streaming channel and Game Growth marketing platform. The company plans to focus its efforts on Prime Gaming, which has plans to release new Blue Protocol, Tomb Raider and Lord of the Rings games.

YouTube braces for AI-generated content

The half-million people who lived their dream of hearing Freddie Mercury cover System of a Down thanks to AI might soon be disappointed.

What happened: YouTube laid out its policy for AI-generated videos, which will make creators identify when videos have been created or altered using AI. It will also give people the ability to request the takedown of “deep fake” videos impersonating them.