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Viewpoint: What should we do when Artificial Intelligence crosses ethical lines?

Viewpoint: What should we do when Artificial Intelligence crosses ethical lines?

A few years ago, a number of A.I.-research organizations began to develop systems for addressing ethical impact, [including] the Association ...
Pregnant women were excluded from COVID vaccine trials. Now many are debating if they want to risk getting a shot

Pregnant women were excluded from COVID vaccine trials. Now many are debating if they want to risk getting a shot

As the F.D.A.-approved vaccine candidates make their way from production lines to frontline workers in nursing homes, hospitals, and in ...
Russia aims to beat the West in so-far successful effort to rollout an effective COVID vaccine

Russia aims to beat the West in so-far successful effort to rollout an effective COVID vaccine

At the time of Sputnik V’s approval, Moderna and Pfizer were months away from announcing the results of their Phase ...
Gene editing: Playing God or repairing a ‘natural system’ that has gone haywire?

Gene editing: Playing God or repairing a ‘natural system’ that has gone haywire?

With CRISPR, biologists have already created—among many, many other living things—ants that can’t smell, beagles that put on superhero-like brawn, ...
‘Year of the Plague’: The New Yorker explores America’s continuing tragedy

‘Year of the Plague’: The New Yorker explores America’s continuing tragedy

In October, 2019, the first Global Health Security Index appeared, a sober report of a world largely unprepared to deal ...
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Coronavirus evolutionary tree can illuminate pandemic’s ‘past, present and possible future’

For anyone who knows how to look, the past, present, and possible futures of the new coronavirus can be found ...
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Is there any point in living longer if we can’t stay young?

Aging, like bankruptcy in Hemingway’s description, happens two ways, slowly and then all at once. ... "...Over the past century, ...
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‘Synthetic media’: How AI could make the era of ‘fake news’ far worse

In the emerging world of “synthetic media,” the work of digital-image creation—once the domain of highly skilled programmers and Hollywood ...
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