In the months after Vladimir Putin announced his invasion of Ukraine, Russia saw a mass exodus of IT workers. According to government figures, about 100,000 computer specialists left Russia by 2022, or about 10% of the tech workforce, a number that is likely an underestimate.
It is now more than a year since the invasion began. Tech workers who left everything to flee Russia warn that the country is on the way to becoming a village: cut off from the global technology industry, research, funding, scientific exchanges and critical components. It is an accelerating trend that began long before the war. Read the whole story.
— Masha Borak
Three ways AI chatbots are a security disaster
AI language models are the brightest and most exciting thing in technology right now. But they’re poised to create a major new problem: they’re ridiculously easy to use. No programming skills are required and there is no known solution.
Tech companies are racing to integrate these models into tons of products to help people do everything from book travel to organize their calendars and take notes in meetings.
But the way these products work creates a host of new risks, from leaking people’s private information to helping criminals phish, spam and scam. Our senior AI reporter Melissa Heikkilä has explored the ways in which they are open to abuse. Read the whole story.