The Download: combating covid, and the challenges of governing AI

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 to know about this autumn’s covid vaccines Many people have started testing positive for covid recently. Hospitalizations for the disease in the US rose nearly 16% during the third week of August,…
The Download: combating covid, and the challenges of governing AI

4 There are no drugs to reliably treat anorexia
Despite close to 50 years of research, researchers have had little success. (The Atlantic $)

5 Another FTX executive has pleaded guilty
Ryan Salame made political contributions to the Republican party under the guise of loans. (CoinDesk)
+ If he’s found guilty, he faces up to 10 years in prison. (NYT $)

6 Microsoft is working on the world’s largest cancer-detecting AI model
The system examines images of tissues and flags anomalies to human doctors. (CNBC)
+ A new blood test could diagnose diseases within 10 minutes. (FT $)
+ Doctors using AI catch breast cancer more often than either does alone. (MIT Technology Review)

7 ChatGPT convinced the Pentagon to invest in AI-powered weapons
That’s according to former VR CEO Palmer Luckey, who now builds military drones.  (Motherboard)
+ Inside the messy ethics of making war with machines. (MIT Technology Review)

8 Service staff have had enough of your TikTok gimmicks
They’re unwilling participants in thousands of tedious food skits. (WSJ $)

9 Australia is ditching handwritten signatures
Electronic signatures and video link witnessing will replace the need to sign on the dotted line in person. (The Guardian)

10 You probably don’t need to upgrade your iPhone 📱
But Apple sure is good at convincing you that you should. (Vox)