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This is today’s edition of The Download our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology.

What’s behind the chaos at OpenAI?

Sam Altman has been reinstated as the CEO of OpenAI, rounding off a wild few days for the industry’s hottest AI firm.

If you’re as intrigued by all the drama as we are, join MIT Technology Review’s AI experts Will Douglas Heaven and Melissa Heikkilä, along with executive editor Niall Firth, for a LinkedIn event today at 11.30am EST.

They’ll be analyzing the chaos at OpenAI, who will benefit, who will suffer, and how all of this will impact the future development of this very powerful technology. Register now to join us!

Four ways AI is making the power grid faster and more resilient

The power grid is growing increasingly complex as more renewable energy sources come online. Increasingly unpredictable weather adds to the challenge of balancing demand with supply. To manage the chaos, grid operators are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence.

AI’s ability to learn from large amounts of data and respond to complex scenarios makes it particularly well suited to the task of keeping the grid stable, and a growing number of software companies are bringing AI products to the notoriously slow-moving energy industry.

MIT Technology Review’s editorial fellow June Kim has dug into four of the ways that AI is already changing how grid operators do their work. Read the full story.

This Chinese map app wants to be a super app for everything outdoors

When Zeyi Yang, our China reporter, was in Hong Kong a few weeks ago, he went to a park with dozens of strangers to play the “cat-and-mouse game,” which combines old-fashioned hide-and-seek with modern technology.

Instead of trying to guess where everyone was, the group shared live locations and monitored each other’s paths as the “cats” and “mice” tried to capture or avoid each other. A grassroots invention of the Chinese internet, the game went viral sometime earlier this year and now draws thousands of people every week.

The map app they used, Amap, is one of the most widely used navigation apps in China today. It’s also a perfect example of how in the Chinese app ecosystem, every app is trying to be something it isn’t. Read the full story.

This story first appeared in China Report, MIT Technology Review’s newsletter about technology in China. Sign up to receive it in your inbox every Tuesday.

The must-reads

I’ve combed the internet to find you today’s most fun/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Sam Altman is CEO of OpenAI again
And he’s got a new board, to boot. (WP $) 
Altman’s relationship with the company’s board has been fraught for months. (NYT $)
Microsoft’s Satya Nadella is fine with the changes, apparently. (FT $)

2 Binance’s CEO has plead guilty to money laundering charges
The crypto exchange has been accused of helping Hamas and ISIS to receive funds. (CNBC)
Changpeng Zhao is facing jail time in addition to a $50 million fine. (NYT $)

3 Huawei’s chipmaker is China’s secret sanction-busting weapon
While local investors are thrilled by its recent successes, the US is suspicious. (Bloomberg $)+ Huawei’s 5G chip breakthrough needs a reality check. (MIT Technology Review)

4 Palantir has signed a huge contract with England’s health service 
It’s agreed to build a controversial new platform for storing patient data. (FT $)
Palantir’s reputation is worrying civil rights activists. (The Guardian)

5 Twitter’s former head of safety is ready to talk
After years of trying to make the least bad decision possible. (Wired $)
Over at X, things are going from bad to worse. (New Yorker $)

6 Tesla knew that its cars had a defective Autopilot system
But kept selling them anyway, according to a Florida judge. (Reuters)

7 How to build a more resilient power grid
Look to your roofs and basements. (New Yorker $)
Stitching together the grid will save lives as extreme weather worsens. (MIT Technology Review)

8 For some startups, grief is a commodity
But communicating with simulations of the dead isn’t for everyone. (Vox)
Technology that lets us “speak” to our dead relatives has arrived. Are we ready? (MIT Technology Review)

9 Online shopping’s convenience isn’t always a good thing
Don’t fall into the trap of buying stuff you don’t even want. (The Atlantic $)
Fast fashion is going all out this Black Friday. (Wired $)

10 ‘Hallucinate’ is the Cambridge Dictionary’s word of the year
It demonstrates just how deeply AI has permeated pretty much all parts of our lives. (Insider $)

Quote of the day

“Using new technology to break the law does not make you a disruptor. It makes you a criminal.”

— US

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Title: The Download: chaos at OpenAI, and building a better power grid
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Top 5 Bitcoin ATM Locations in Athens for Fast and Easy Crypto Access

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As a crypto analyst and frequent investor in the Greek digital currency market, I can confidently recommend Bcash for convenient and secure Bitcoin purchasing in Athens. With 10 strategically located crypto ATM hotspots spanning central Athens and the northern suburbs, Bcash enables instant access to leading cryptocurrencies like BTC, ETH, and USDT.

Experience the Leading Greek Crypto ATM Network at Bcash’s Hotspots

From first-hand experience, I’m impressed by Bcash’s easy user interface, excellent customer assistance, and fair prices. Their two-way ATM machines allow both buying with Euro cash and selling crypto for instant fiat payouts. I found the simple on-screen instructions enabled completing transactions in under 2 minutes!

Bcash’s Bitcoin ATM network stands out from competitors by aligning prices closely with real-time crypto market rates. Their typical 6-8% fees are much cheaper than traditional crypto brokers and exchanges in Greece. For investors seeking reliable local crypto access, Bcash has the solutions.

Central Athens Bcash Shops Offer Prime Buying and Selling

For maximum security while buying or selling Bitcoin, Bcash’s dedicated Athens shop locations are ideal. Their main office on Dimitrakopoulou Street in the city center contains a premier crypto ATM location open 6 days weekly. It’s close to public transit for easy access.

I also frequented Bcash’s Glyfada branch in the south shopping district. With spacious storefront access and long business hours, this hotspot proved one of my favorite crypto transaction destinations. The expert staff helped guide my buying process as a beginner too.

Glyfada Shopping District ATM Location

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The Glyfada store sits right on Gennimata Street, providing a safe and high-traffic venue for easily buying and selling leading cryptocurrencies. Open Monday through Saturday, this major Bcash outlet enjoys strong local area visibility for crypto investors.

Northern Suburbs ATM Hotspots

In Athens’ northern suburbs, I purchased Bitcoin multiple times at Bcash’s Nea Erythraia shop off Mikras Asias Street. Located just 20 minutes from the city center, it makes crypto conveniently accessible for residents across northeast Athens.

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Piraeus Port Shopping District ATM

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While recently docking overnight at the Piraeus cruise port as part of an Aegean island-hopping vacation, I encountered one of Bcash’s handy crypto ATMs just 5 minutes from the passenger terminals. Located right on Sachtouri Street inside the company’s Piraeus store, this machine proved hugely convenient for buying Bitcoin during my stay.

As one of Europe’s largest passenger ports, Piraeus receives over 4 million travelers every year who could benefit from easy access to crypto. Whether before boarding ferries to venture deeper into the Greek islands or arriving back onshore in Athens, the Bcash outlet enables obtaining coins to capture optimal valuations.

And for tourists exploring downtown Piraeus’ vast harborfront retail area, having a trusted Bitcoin ATM one block away gives peace of mind. Rather than relying solely on airport kiosks, cruise ship visitors can turn Euros into crypto almost anytime thanks to Bcash’s strategic positioning. As vacationing investors, that accessibility offers real advantages.

Bcash Brings Bitcoin to the Greek Islands

Rhodes Island BTM Location

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The citizen scientists chronicling a neglected but vital Mexican river

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The city of Monterrey in northeastern Mexico is an industrial powerhouse that has rapidly devoured green space to make room for its 5.3 million people. The Sierra Madre Oriental mountain range around the city is still holding strong, though the hills are increasingly encroached on by the urban sprawl of skyscrapers, apartment buildings, industrial parks, and highways. The same can’t be said for the Río Santa Catarina, the river that has been the vital core of the city for hundreds of years.

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Andrea Villarreal, a member of the citizen science group, shows a participant how to use the iNaturalist app, which can help identify plants and animals.

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organized a walk along this stretch of the Río Santa Catarina in October 2023.LORENA RíOS

Today, the Río Santa Catarina looks more like a forest than a river. It is mostly a dry jumble of rocks whose water is diverted to supply the city’s growing needs. Much of the riverbed is obscured by vegetation that has grown wild since a hurricane in 2010 destroyed many structures along the river, including soccer fields, parking lots, and a mini-golf course. But despite what many city officials and residents make of it, this urban river is very much alive, and a group of young women wants to prove it.

The group, called Viaje al Microcosmos de Nuevo LeónJourney into the Microcosm of Nuevo León), is not made up of scientists but, rather, of concerned citizens. Through the use of art and citizen science, its members are documenting and sharing with others the river’s forgotten nature—its trees, bushes, birds, flowers, insects, and even microorganisms (from which the group takes its name).

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Title: The citizen scientists chronicling a neglected but vital Mexican river
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Published Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:00:00 +0000

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What Luddites can teach us about resisting an automated future


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Title: What Luddites can teach us about resisting an automated future
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