TLDR 2023-03-30

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Big Tech & Startups

Apple Sets June 5 WWDC Date to Debut Mixed-Reality Headset (4 minute read)

Apple will unveil a mixed-reality headset during its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. The event will feature the Reality One or Reality Pro mixed-reality headset, the accompanying xrOS operating system, and tools for developers to create device apps. Apple plans to introduce operating systems updates for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch at the event. New software features for Apple TVs, AirPods, and HomePods may be released.

That was fast! Microsoft slips ads into AI-powered Bing Chat (4 minute read)

Microsoft is placing ads in Bing Chat responses. Sponsored content is clearly labeled as advertising. It includes expanded hover experiences displaying more links, richer content captions, and placed ads within the chat window. The company recently met with partners to explore ideas and receive feedback on ways to meaningfully distribute content while generating revenue. Screenshots of the ads are available in the article.
Science & Futuristic Technology

4G internet is set to arrive on the moon later this year (3 minute read)

Nokia aims to launch a 4G mobile network on the moon later this year via a SpaceX rocket. The network includes a base station stored on a Nova-C lunar lander and a solar-powered rover. An LTE connection will be established between the lunar lander and the rover, with the ultimate goal of demonstrating that terrestrial networks can meet the communication needs of future space missions. If successful, the network will be used on Nasa's Artemis 1 mission, which aims to send the first human astronauts to walk on the moon since 1972.

Harvard geneticists create an organism that is immune to all viruses (5 minute read)

Researchers from George Chuch's Harvard lab have successfully engineered E. coli bacteria to become potentially immune to all viruses. The bacteria is dependent on an amino acid that doesn't exist in the wild. It is unable to survive outside of the lab. The study may provide the basis for making any organism immune to viruses while avoiding gene modification flow in and out of genetically modified organisms.
Programming, Design & Data Science

Introducing Nuxt DevTools (7 minute read)

Nuxt is a web framework that introduces many innovative features and conventions to make day-to-day development easier and more efficient. It offers built-in support for many common practices, such as TypeScript, ESM, single-page applications, server-side rendering, static site generation, and several composables. This article looks at the newest version of Nuxt DevTools, a visual tool for understanding Nuxt apps. Nuxt DevTools was created to help developers find performance bottlenecks and help manage apps and configurations.

Postgres <> ChatGPT (GitHub Repo)

This repository offers an experimental extension that integrates OpenAI API with PostgreSQL. The extension allows users to run queries in plain English by sending a subset of the database schema to ChatGPT, which generates a corresponding query. A 30-second long video demonstration is available.

Elon Musk and other tech leaders call for pause on 'dangerous race' to make A.I. as advanced as humans (2 minute read)

Technology leaders, including Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak, have written an open letter calling on AI labs to halt the development of systems that surpass human-level intelligence. The Future of Life Institute, which published the letter, urged labs to pause the progress of AI models more advanced than GPT-4. The letter stresses the possible impact of AI on civilization and says that its future should not be decided by unelected tech leaders. The institute called on AI labs to immediately halt training AI systems for at least six months.

$335,000 Pay for ‘AI Whisperer’ Jobs Appears in Red-Hot Market (6 minute read)

Prompt engineers are individuals tasked with improving AI results. Many come from a history, philosophy, or the English language background. Although it’s unclear how prevalent this role will become, companies like Anthropic, a Google-backed startup, are offering salaries of up to $335,000. Individuals who have experience with machine learning, ethics, or who have founded AI companies are being offered the highest salaries for this role.
Quick Links

Meta, Google, and Amazon toughen employee reviews (7 minute read)

Large employers are setting higher standards for employee performance reviews to cut down on rising labor costs.

How and When the Chip Shortage Will End (5 minute read)

Fabs using older process nodes will be key to ending the chip shortage.

LLM Introduction: Learn Language Models (GitHub Repo)

A collection of resources on large language models with a focus on GPT.

Twitter obtains subpoena forcing GitHub to unmask source-code leaker (3 minute read)

GitHub has until April 3 to provide all identifying information for users associated with the account that leaked portions of Twitter's source code.

The Streaming Book (Website)

The Streaming Book is a chart-filled mini-book on the Streaming Wars.

Can Mastodon seize the moment from Twitter? (51 minute read)

This article contains a transcript of an interview with Eugen Rochko, the founder and CEO of Mastodon.

Taskray - Senior Salesforce Engineer (Fully Remote, $120,000 - $160,000)

Taskray is hiring a Senior Salesforce Engineer to be responsible for guiding and aligning the engineering and product team on high-level architectural design choices, technical standards, tools, and platforms for a leader in post-sale work management in the Salesforce ecosystem.

Transficc - Software Development Engineer in Test (Fully Remote, $80,000 - $90,000)

Transficc is hiring a Software Development Engineer to expand and improve a suite of automated acceptance/end-to-end tests, partake in exploratory testing, and contribute to other elements of the testing pipeline for a company that uses technology to address the issues of fragmentation, complex workflows, data throughput, and regulation in Fixed Income.

Improving - Cloud Engineer (Georgia, $70,000 - $80,000)

Improving is hiring a Cloud Engineer to work on cloud-based solutions and cutting-edge technologies with a modern digital services company that offers IT consulting, software development, and agile training across the globe.
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