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Challenging ‘infodemics’: How AI helped create — and maybe could help contain — the growing boom in disinformation

Challenging ‘infodemics’: How AI helped create — and maybe could help contain — the growing boom in disinformation

MIT Technology Review | 
There’s nothing new about conspiracy theories, disinformation, and untruths in politics. What is new is how quickly malicious actors can ...
’AI is neither artificial nor intelligent’: Kate Crawford’s new book ‘Atlas of AI’ views technology through a social justice prism

’AI is neither artificial nor intelligent’: Kate Crawford’s new book ‘Atlas of AI’ views technology through a social justice prism

[In her book “Atlas of AI,” Kate Crawford brings] us on a global journey, from the mines where the rare ...
DNA test for couples? Start-up Orchid claims its over-the-counter kit can identify complex inherited disorders. Is it ready for prime time?

DNA test for couples? Start-up Orchid claims its over-the-counter kit can identify complex inherited disorders. Is it ready for prime time?

Emily Mullin | MIT Technology Review | 
A new startup called Orchid is offering the chance for couples planning a pregnancy to learn their odds of passing ...
Viewpoint: As meat consumption reaches record highs, it’s clear that substituting plants for meat won’t help address climate concerns. Here’s what will

Viewpoint: As meat consumption reaches record highs, it’s clear that substituting plants for meat won’t help address climate concerns. Here’s what will

[G]lobal emissions from food production are expected to rise 60% by 2050, in large part because of increased livestock production ...
Human embryo research restrictions: Scientists move to drop 14-day limit on research

Human embryo research restrictions: Scientists move to drop 14-day limit on research

For the last 40 years, the rule, which is law in some countries and a guideline in others, has served ...
Lab-made embryos? Israeli researchers grow mice in artificial wombs

Lab-made embryos? Israeli researchers grow mice in artificial wombs

[Israeli] researchers have grown mice in an artificial womb for as long as 11 or 12 days, about half the ...
Drug development revolution: Messenger RNA has taken the lead in the COVID response - and that’s only the beginning

Drug development revolution: Messenger RNA has taken the lead in the COVID response – and that’s only the beginning

Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review | 
Unlike traditional vaccines, which use live viruses, dead ones, or bits of the shells that viruses come cloaked in to ...
Immunity from serious cases of COVID-19 could last for years, emerging research shows

Immunity from serious cases of COVID-19 could last for years, emerging research shows

Neel Patel | MIT Technology Review | 
[A new] study, published January 6 in Science, contrasts with earlier findings that suggested covid-19 immunity could be short-lived, putting millions ...
Pfizer vaccine data offer hope for a return to normalcy

Pfizer vaccine data offer hope for a return to normalcy

Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review | 
[A]dvisors to the US Food and Drug Administration voted in favor of emergency authorization for Pfizer’s covid-19 shot, and the data in ...
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As AquaBounty readies US rollout of GMO salmon, scientists hope for jumpstart of biotech animal research

Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review | 
A genetically modified salmon will become the first GM food animal to go on sale in the US, according to ...
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Out-of-the-box vaccine candidate: Nasal drops of a very slow-growing, synthetic-biology developed version of COVID. It just might work

Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review | 
[S]ynthetic biology has led to a way to create a weakened form of the pandemic coronavirus that causes covid-19. Although ...
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Viewpoint: AI ethics guidelines will fail unless they account for regional and cultural differences

AI systems have repeatedly been shown to cause problems that disproportionately affect marginalized groups while benefiting a privileged few. The ...
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Brain hunger: The hunt to understand loneliness

Adam Piore | MIT Technology Review | 
Kay Tye set out to answer a question that has taken on new resonance in the age of social distancing: ...
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Limited COVID herd immunity may be developing in hardest hit areas, but it may last only months

Antonio Regalado | MIT Technology Review | 
Millions of US residents have been infected by the virus that causes covid-19, and at least 160,000 are dead. One ...
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DIY COVID-19 vaccine? George Church, other scientists experimenting with home brewed versions

Nearly 200 covid-19 vaccines are in development, and some three dozen are at various stages of human testing. But in ...
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How can we better expose ‘silent’ war crimes? Thousands of human rights violations identified through crowdsourced evidence

Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review | 
By some estimates, [a coalition between Saudi Arabia and eight other Sunni Arab states has] carried out over 20,000 air ...
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Why controlling COVID-19 outbreaks could make it harder to test a vaccine

The aim is a vaccine by January, and money is no object. On May 21, the US said it would ...
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Viewpoint: Regenerative agriculture—carbon farming—is the ‘feel-good climate solution’ that doesn’t work as promised

James Temple | MIT Technology Review | 
Corporations, politicians, and environmentalists have all embraced carbon farming as the feel-good climate solution of the moment. Several leading Democratic ...
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Struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic? These apps could help you stay sane

Set a reminder to write down how you’re feeling every day. Now you’ve started a mood diary. These sorts of ...
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‘Automation is in a tailspin’: How the pandemic has disrupted AI’s ability to understand us

Will Heaven | MIT Technology Review | 
When covid-19 hit, we started buying things we’d never bought before. The shift was sudden: the mainstays of Amazon’s top ...
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Is IVF an essential medical procedure during a pandemic?

Anna Sussman | MIT Technology Review | 
The pandemic confronts patients and health-care providers with new ethical dilemmas. Is it too risky to pursue a fertility procedure ...
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Can Google’s medical AI improve our medical system? Laboratory results and real life offer different answers

[A] study from Google Health—the first to look at the impact of a deep-learning tool in real clinical settings—reveals that ...
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Coronavirus opens door for expanded use of artificial intelligence at hospitals

Karen Hao | MIT Technology Review | 
The Royal Bolton Hospital is among a growing number of health-care facilities around the world that are turning to AI ...
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Are coronavirus antigen tests the key to finding a way out of the pandemic crisis?

Neev Patel | MIT Technology Review | 
PCR testing isn’t perfect, but it’s seen as the most accurate form of testing available for viruses. Unfortunately, it takes ...
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Is life worth living after 75? Why this medical ethicist isn’t a fan of extending the human life span

In October 2014, [physician and medical ethicist] Ezekiel Emanuel published an essay in the Atlantic called “Why I Hope to ...
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‘It’s going to be a project’: Looking at unconventional efforts to ramp up our coronavirus testing ability

Right now, [coronavirus] gene tests—the most accurate kind—are run only in labs or on special hospital instruments. But [biotech entrepreneur ...
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‘Virtual dating’ and how the coronavirus is changing the romantic landscape

Tanya Basu | MIT Technology Review | 
Welcome to dating and sex during the coronavirus pandemic. Dating apps have struggled; after all, the whole point of dating ...
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Coronavirus may survive longer than expected on uncleaned surfaces

Charlotte Jee | MIT Technology Review | 
The news: There were still traces of coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after it emptied of passengers, according to a ...
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