AI conquers Minecraft and babies after death

+ Scientists have found a way to mature eggs from transgender men in the lab. It could offer them new opportunities to start a family – without the need for agonizing IVF procedures. Read the full story. + How reproductive technology is changing what it means to be a parent. Advances could result in babies with four or more birth parents – forcing us to reconsider parenting. Read the full story.

The must reads

I’ve scoured the internet to find today’s funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology.

1 Elon Musk wants to reactivate suspended Twitter accounts
It’s an incredibly dangerous decision with far-reaching implications. (WP$)
+ The recent departures have hit Twitter’s policy and security departments hard. (WSJ$)
+ It looks like Musk’s promise not to make any more layoffs was premature. (Insiders$)
+ Meanwhile, Twitter Blue is reportedly launching next week. (Reuters)
+ Imagine simply transferring your followers to another platform. (FT$)
+ The eventual collapse of Twitter could erase vast records of recent human history. (MIT Technology Review)

2 Russia’s energy retreat could kill tens of thousands in Europe
High fuel costs could result in more deaths this winter than the war in Ukraine. (economist $)
+ Higher gas prices will also hit Americans as the weather worsens. (Voice)
+ The invasion of Ukraine underscores Europe’s deep dependence on Russian fossil fuels. (MIT Technology Review)

3 FTX is unable to meet the grants it has pledged to various organizations
Many of them have to apply for emergency funding to fill the gaps. (WSJ$)
+ The Bahamas aren’t thrilled about what the collapse could mean for them. (WP$)

4 It’s a quieter Black Friday than usual
Shopping is currently not in the foreground. (Bloomberg dollar)
+ If you decide to go shopping, make sure you are not scammed. (wired$)

5 Britain restricts use of Chinese surveillance systems
But only on “sensitive” government sites. (FT$)
+ The World’s Largest Surveillance Company You’ve Never Heard Of. (MIT Technology Review)

6 Long Covid is still incredibly difficult to treat
Its symptoms vary widely, which can also make them difficult to track. (Dark)
+ A universal flu vaccine looks promising. (New Scientist $)

7 San Francisco Police Department Considers Letting Robots Use Deadly Force
The squad has 12 remote-controlled robots that could theoretically kill someone. (The edge)

8 Human hibernation could be the key to getting us to Mars
It might be the closest we can get to time travel. (wired$)

9 Why TikTok Is Suddenly So Obsessed With Dabloons
It’s a form of adventure fun where you get to choose your own adventure. (The guard)

10 We can’t stop reinventing mousetraps 🧀
There are thousands of versions out there, but we’re always coming up with new designs. (New York $)


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