The Download: Battery boom and Apple’s VR comeback conundrum

February 15, 2024
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In today’s edition of The Download, a daily newsletter from MIT Technology Review, several key stories in the world of technology are highlighted. Here are the key points:

  • Apple’s VR headset, the Vision Pro, is facing criticism from users who report discomfort, headaches, and motion sickness.
  • A new paper argues that big leaps in AI performance are not unpredictable or sudden, but rather the result of impressive new abilities.
  • US intelligence officials express concerns about Russia’s progress in building space-based nuclear weapons.
  • Waymo, a self-driving car company, is recalling its software, adding to the recent challenges facing the autonomous vehicle sector.
  • Meta, the parent company of Facebook, has cut funding for fact-checking on WhatsApp, a decision that raises concerns ahead of elections around the world.
  • A new app called CBP One is intended to help alleviate issues faced by individuals seeking permission to enter the US, but there are questions about its effectiveness.
  • Other stories include X accepting payments from terrorist groups, the use of viruses to combat antibiotic resistance, AI being used to bring back children killed in shootings, the rise in Bitcoin’s price, and a dating app where users can only date one person.

The Download also includes a section with recommendations for entertainment and leisure activities, such as cooking dishes preferred by chefs, watching Mr and Mrs Smith, and identifying famous self-portraits.

The Download is a product of MIT Technology Review, an independent media company that provides analysis, reviews, interviews, and live events to explore the newest technologies and their impact on society and business.

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