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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.

I just watched Biggie Smalls perform ‘live’ in the metaverse

For a moment on Friday, Biggie Smalls was the only man on stage. A spotlight shone on him in his red velvet suit, and amid pre-recorded cheers, he rapped the lyrics to “Mo Money Mo Problems,” swiveling to the beat in his orange sneakers.

You wouldn’t be wrong to be confused. Smalls died in 1997, leaving an outsize musical and cultural legacy as one of the greatest rappers of all time. But he was in fine form on Meta’s Horizon Worlds: heaving between stanzas, pumping his fist rhythmically, and seeming very much alive.

But Smalls’s hyper-realistic avatar is not just an impressive technical feat. It is also a crucial test of two big questions we’ll soon face if metaverse platforms gain traction: whether people will pay to see an avatar of a dead artist perform, and whether that business is ethical. Read the full story.

—Tanya Basu

How to spot AI-generated text

This sentence was written by an AI—or was it? OpenAI’s new chatbot, ChatGPT, presents us with a problem: How will we know whether what we read online is written by a human or a machine?

ChatGPT generates remarkably human-sounding answers to questions that it’s asked. The trouble is, it’s merely predicting the most likely next word in the sentence. It hasn’t a clue whether something is correct or false, and confidently presents information as true even when it is not. Despite that, the internet is increasingly being flooded with AI-generated text.

We’re in desperate need of ways to differentiate between human- and AI-written text in order to counter potential misuses of the technology, and researchers are developing tools to do exactly that. But the rapid speed of AI development means we’re constantly playing catch up. Read the full story.

—Melissa Heikkilä

The must-reads

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

1 Twitter users have voted to remove Elon Musk in a poll
Whether Musk actually abides by its results remains to be seen. (FT $)
Twitter has banned links to rival social media sites. (The Verge)
Journalists’ accounts were banned and reinstated over a chaotic weekend. (NYT $)
What Musk wants from the writers he’s entrusted the Twitter Files to. (Slate $)
We’re witnessing the brain death of Twitter. (MIT Technology Review)

2 Sam Bankman-Fried should appear in a Bahamian court today
The FTX founder is expected to agree to extradition to the US to face fraud charges. (WP $)
Crypto evangelists in Puerto Rico are doubling down. (The Guardian)
However, investors in the US are throwing in the towel. (WSJ $)

3 Russian drones are targeting Kyiv’s power grid
It’s Moscow’s third attack on the city in less than a week. (Reuters)
Ukrainian developers are using sophisticated software to predict enemy troops’ movements. (The Guardian)

4 Digital mental health services are failing vulnerable users
Some LGBTQ+ users say they were assigned unsympathetic therapists. (WSJ $)

5 A teenage YouTuber is at the center of a child labor lawsuit
It’s highlighting just how loosely regulated social media is. (LA Times $)

6 Climate change-induced drought is sparking a food catastrophe
Millions of people living in the Horn of Africa are among the first to suffer. (Undark Magazine)

7 Silicon Valley is pulling the plug on its elaborate Christmas parties
Many companies feel it’s a bad look, given the sector’s recent lay-offs. (The Information $)
Big Tech’s legendary perks are disappearing too. (Insider $)

8 Portugal’s digital nomad dream is dying
Building a remote working village doesn’t necessarily mean said workers will turn up. (Wired $)
Our water infrastructure needs to change. (MIT Technology Review)

9 Instagram Notes is a harkback to the golden age of instant messaging
For millennials brought up on AIM, the nostalgia is overwhelming. (WSJ $)

10 How embroidery inspired the first computer program
Ada Lovelace was an algorithm pioneer. (Inverse)

Quote of the day

“I have never been able to kill stupid things before they cause damage.”

—John Carmack, a senior executive at Meta’s VR business, announced his departure from the company in a scathing memo criticizing its bureaucracy and lack of efficiency, Insider reports.

The big story

Stitching together the grid will save lives as extreme weather worsens

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Title: The Download: metaverse ethics, and spotting AI text
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Published Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2022 13:10:00 +0000

Frontier Adventure

Transporter-8 Mission



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SpaceX is targeting Monday, June 12 for Falcon 9’s launch of the Transporter-8 mission to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The 57-minute launch window opens at 2:19 p.m. PT (21:19 UTC). If needed, there is a backup opportunity Tuesday, June 13 with the same window.

The first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched NROL-87, NROL-85, SARah-1, SWOT, and four Starlink missions. Following stage separation, Falcon 9 will land on Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg Space Force Base.

Transporter-8 is SpaceX’s eighth dedicated smallsat rideshare mission. There will be 72 payloads on this flight, including CubeSats, MicroSats, a re-entry capsule, and orbital transfer vehicles carrying spacecraft to be deployed at a later time.

A live webcast of this mission will begin about 15 minutes prior to liftoff.

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Title: Gothic Style for Men: Goth Aesthetic Fashion Guide
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&ME And Black Coffee Join Forces For ‘The Rapture Pt.III’


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The long-awaited ID is finally out there for everyone to enjoy and close their eyes to.

This one is among the sweetest pieces of Electronic music you’ll find this year. It’s nothing new, though: that’s the style of the talented &ME. To my understanding, no one does the pianos quite like him. It’s that blend of soft, emotional piano melodies, and the minimalist Melodic Techno base under it, with just enough elements to make the piano stand out as much as it can. That blend can melt a soul. That very blend can make peace in the world.

It’s that very feeling of peace and unity that comes to me whenever I listen to the song that’s just come out: ‘The Rapture Pt.III‘, by &ME and Black Coffee.

The very eagerly awaited track has been spun by the Keinemusik DJs for a while now, making this piece one of the most requested IDs out there. ‘Pt.III’ marks the end of the The Rapture series, started by &ME around five years ago with ‘The Rapture‘, a defining track for many. Then came ‘Pt.II‘, which also made waves in the industry. This recent ‘Pt.III’ is the first — and allegedly, the only — time &ME has joined forces for the completion of the track. And who better to collaborate with than South African maestro Black Coffee. 352617667 1598819543861706 4618955323378922549 n 1080 819x1024 2
(Left to right) Black Coffee, &ME.

The Rapture Pt.III

As is a staple in the series, ‘Pt.III’ is driven by a very subtle kick, evolving white-noise shakers, groovy percussion, a marching synth, and, of course, PIANO, tons of piano. That’s all there is to it. The elements are few, but don’t be deceived, for masters at work know their craft very well and will make the most out of each and every element. The track as is works flawlessly, giving the piano the starring role of defining this song as unique and separating it from the rest of Melodic Techno.

The track really powers itself on and on when listening, even resorting to some teary eyes if you really feel the melody. It truly is an iconic track, and fans and critics alike know it. Just watch it in action!

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Go ahead and listen to the full version of &ME and Black Coffee’s ‘The Rapture Pt.III’ by heading below for your beloved Spotify play, or rather, click here to be redirected to YouTube. Also, you may click here to support the song any other way you like.

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