The Download: waiting at the US border, and seaweed’s carbon capture shortcomings

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. The new US border wall is an app Keisy Plaza, 39, left her home in Colombia seven months ago. She walked a 62-mile stretch of dense mountainous rainforest and swampland with her two…
The Download: waiting at the US border, and seaweed’s carbon capture shortcomings

3 Jamal Khashoggi’s widow is suing the NSO Group
She maintains that its Pegasus spyware tracked her husband before he was murdered. (WP $)
+ US financiers are in talks to acquire some of NSO’s assets. (The Guardian)

4 AI is overruling nurses
And it’s forcing them to make decisions against their better judgment. (WSJ $)
+ Artificial intelligence is infiltrating health care. We shouldn’t let it make all the decisions. (MIT Technology Review)

5 A US chipmaker is sinking $600 million into its Chinese factory
Micron is doubling down on its commitment to the country, despite ongoing tensions. (FT $)
+ Chinese chips will keep powering your everyday life. (MIT Technology Review)

6 Ozempic ads are everywhere
From Meta platforms and airports, to billboards and TV. (NBC News)
+ Weight-loss injections have taken over the internet. But what does this mean for people IRL? (MIT Technology Review)

7 How SEO butchered the internet
Keywords are king, and nuanced language has been rendered next to useless. (The Verge)

8 We may have no choice but to embrace robotic carers
But for now, they remain prohibitively expensive. (Proto.Life)+ Inside Japan’s long experiment in automating elder care. (MIT Technology Review)

9 AI is ruining Etsy
ChatGPT’s hustle culture is churning out poorly-designed and badly-made products. (The Atlantic $)

10 Psychedelics could help us to learn like children again
Some researchers believe the drugs can kickstart ‘critical periods’ for learning, but not everyone’s convinced. (Wired $)
+ VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence. (MIT Technology Review)