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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 next for the chip industry

The year ahead was already shaping up to be a hard one for semiconductor businesses, which experience cycles of soaring and dwindling demand. The industry was already anticipating declining growth—but geopolitics could present a far bigger challenge.

In recent months, the US has instituted the widest restrictions ever on the kind of chips that can be sold to China. It’s also introduced generous federal subsidies to encourage manufacturers back to the US. Other governments in Europe and Asia have launched similarly protectionist policies.

As these changes continue to take effect in 2023, they will throw a new element of uncertainty into an industry that has long relied on globally distributed supply chains and free trade. Here’s how experts think it will all play out over the next year. Read the full story.

—Zeyi Yang

Read more about MIT Technology Review’s predictions for the industries and technologies changing our lives in our What’s Next in Tech series.

A startup says it’s already started trying to tweak the climate

The news: A startup called Make Sunset claims to have launched weather balloons that may have released reflective sulfur particles in the stratosphere, potentially breaking a controversial barrier in the field of solar geoengineering.

Why it’s controversial: In theory, spraying sulfur and similar particles in sufficient quantities could potentially ease global warming. But scientists have largely avoided doing so, partly because so little is known about the real-world effect of such deliberate interventions.

What’s next: Luke Iseman, the cofounder and CEO of Make Sunsets, acknowledges that it’s a provocative experiment, but says he hopes it will help to nudge us towards the more radical interventions now required to slow climate change. However, experts in the field think such efforts are wildly premature and could have the opposite effect. Read the full story.

—James Temple

What you may have missed over the holidays:

+ Our best illustrations of 2022. Our artists’ thought-provoking, playful creations bring our stories to life, often saying more with an image than words ever could. Check out the best picks of last year.

The computer scientist who hunts for costly bugs in crypto code. Programming errors on the blockchain can mean $100 million lost in the blink of an eye. Ronghui Gu and his company CertiK are trying to help. Read the full story.

+ This tiny Dutch vehicle for people with disabilities is taking off. The Canta is a compact four-wheeled, two-seat microcar that’s unlocking micromobility in the Netherlands. Read the full story.

+ The newest crop found on the farm? Solar panels. A little shade could be helpful for some crops and reduce carbon emissions. Read the full story.

+ What would true diversity sound like? A participatory project explores the linguistic landscape of the US. Read the full story.

The must-reads

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

1 How Ukraine cobbled together a scrappy, digitized military
It’s created a cheap version of the systems the Pentagon has spent decades (and billions of dollars) developing. (WSJ $)
Ukraine says it’s shot down close to 500 drones since September. (The Guardian)

2 Sam Bankman-Fried is planning to plead not guilty
The FTX founder could face up to 115 years in prison if he’s convinced of fraud and conspiracy. (Reuters)

3 China’s zero covid U-turn is worsening its social inequality
Young people in rural areas are unlikely to recover from the disruption to their education. (FT $)
Other countries are requiring visitors from China to produce negative covid tests. (Vox)
China’s foreign minister has praised the US in a rare show of unity. (Bloomberg $)

4 Tech startups had an awful 2022
As it stands, 2023 isn’t looking much better. (WSJ $)
Workers laid off from Big Tech firms are looking to start their own. (Reuters)
A look back over the biggest tech flops of the past 12 months. (Vox)

5 Brazil’s far right is thriving on Twitter
Just as the country’s new left-wing president takes office. (Rest of World)
We’re witnessing the brain death of Twitter. (MIT Technology Review)

6China’s generative AI models are seriously problematic
Like their Western counterparts, the results are often inaccurate and offensive. (TechCrunch)
How AI-generated text is poisoning the internet. (MIT Technology Review)

7The Earth is constantly creating its own kind of music
A tiny device is helping seismologists to tune into its rhythms. (NYT $)

8 The James Webb Space Telescope has revolutionized astronomy

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Above & Beyond’s Blazing ‘Tranquility Base Vol. 1’ EP



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Five instrumental singles, all arranged by your favourite Trance trio, and all out now.

Happy release day everyone! Happy release Above & Beyond, too. At last, their highly anticipated Tranquility Base Vol. 1 EP has seen the light of day, which means we get to enjoy their five new tracks, in full, and on all platforms. No more ABGT500 ID ripping, yo.

The first product of their extra time in the studio, Tranquility Base Vol. 1 comes as a collection of heavy-hitting club records, all calling back to their instrumental roots. These tracks have been played around the world ever since their Los Angeles Group Therapy milestone show, and, until yesterday, two singles had seen the light of day: ‘Angry JP8‘, and ‘500‘. The other three have just seen their official release today.

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(Left to right) Paavo Siljamäki, Tony McGuinness, Jono Grant.

Tranquility Base Vol. 1

The name of the EP series references A&B’s beloved Tranquility Base alias, a staple of the noughties Trance sound, with tracks like ‘Oceanic‘, ‘Razorfish‘, and more. The collection released today features an entire range of techniques and feelings portrayed, from absolutely moving melodies, to uplifting progressions, to dark Techno vibes.

Above & Beyond – Tranquility Base Vol. 1 Tracklist

  1. Angry JP8
  2. Wasp
  3. 500
  5. Spin Off

Angry JP8

A very interesting track, ‘Angry JP8’ sends you on a journey towards darkness, to ultimately find Above & Beyond’s unmistakeable recent sound with tons of fast saws signaling dynamism on the drops, and the same saws being used differently to add a whole mysterious atmosphere during the break. Part of the singles lifted earlily from the EP, you can read our article about this track right here.


A warm aura of piano, historic Trance pads, and even a little reference to the 90s House scene in the form of a square pluck arpeggio, all of this will surround you and slowly ascend you towards the drop, a very melodic one for sure. The drop, by the way, features the same arpeggio from the break, but much more open. ‘Wasp’ truly is a vibe.


Also released ahead of time, this track was named after the trio’s milestone ABGT500 show. A piano line once again drives you from the crowded drop to the calmer break, just before an arpeggio decides to move the whole song forward — and your arms to the sky. Don’t believe me? Give it a listen. Oh, and do read our article on the track, by clicking here.


Arguably the darkest of the bunch — and labeled as ‘Techno‘ by Beatport —, ‘VLEKNO’ distances itself from the others straight away with its playful kick-bass combo. It certainly nods to Trance, though, as you’ll hear an appearance of the era-defining voice pluck made famous by Binary Finary in ‘1998‘. Like his brother coming first on this EP, the break is very mystery-inducing, but you can’t really worry too much about it, since the drop makes you forget it all and dance your analysis away.

Spin Off

Closing Above & Beyond’s Tranquility Base Vol. 1 EP, this track seems much happier and jumpier than others present in the collection. Fake trumpet leads will welcome you to quite the Trancy break, I’d say the most intense one of the bunch in terms of how deep it goes into the roots of the genre. Then, the drop is, as A&B know, a blend of melody, arpeggios, a driving bassline in the background, and a Progressive Trance percussion selection.

Enough said, probably! I can’t describe these tracks more than you can feel and hear if you give the EP a listen. Click below to stream Above & Beyond’s Tranquility Base Vol. 1 EP on Spotify, or rather, click here to be redirected to the Continuous Mix over at YouTube. Lastly, click here to support the EP in any way you like.

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Giddy up: Colt Wrangler’s prizewinning Harley Sportster



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Custom Harley-Davidson Sportster by Colt Wrangler
With a name like Colt Wrangler, it’s safe to assume that the man is from Texas and probably a bit of a cowboy. Hot dang if you aren’t right on both counts—Colt has been riding broncos and bulls competitively since he was a kid. But what you’re less likely to guess, is that this young cowpoke is also one of the most impressive motorcycle builders to emerge from the US custom scene in recent years.

Since Colt Wrangler Motorcycles was founded in 2015, Colt has established a distinct design language of his own. Recognizable by their high-level sheet-metal work, his builds exist in perfect proportion and hold high-performance details for those that know what they’re looking at—or even better, for those lucky enough to ride them.

Custom Harley-Davidson Sportster by Colt Wrangler

We have featured Cole’s bikes before. But with more time to work on his latest project—a 1999 Harley-Davidson Sportster—he’s taken his personal style to new heights.

Colt had just started the Harley Sportster project, working in collaboration with local Texas truck builders Vintage Vendetta Garage, when Roland Sands Design announced the Dream Build-Off. This was a competition for local shops and backyard builders, with new motorcycles from BMW, Indian, and Royal Enfield as prizes. The Sportster was originally supposed to be a street-ready scrambler, but with this added motivation, Colt went

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LISTEN: Kaytranda & Aminé Unleash Anticipated Collaborative Album, “KAYTRAMINÉ”



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Kaytranada and Aminé have joined forces to deliver on their captivating new collab album, KAYTRAMINÉ. As you’ll hear below, the highly-anticipated project showcases the unique and genre-blending abilities of both artists; from Kaytranada’s signature production style and Aminé’s charismatic flow, the EP is a sonic journey that arrives just in time for summer. The duo effortlessly combines elements of hip-hop, R&B, and electronic music, pushing boundaries and creating a refreshing sound that defies categorization. Hear what we mean by streaming the album below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section as well.

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