AI has social consequences, but who pays the price? IT companies’ problem with ‘ethical debt’

As public concern about the ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence keeps growing, it might seem like it’s time to slow down. But inside

Defamation is at the heart of Dominion’s lawsuit against Fox News – but proving it is no small feat

The aftershocks of the 2020 presidential election continue to reverberate in politics and the media, building to an crescendo in a high-profile defamation lawsuit.

‘Effective altruism’ has caught on with billionaire donors – but is the world’s most headline-making one on board?

One of the ways tech billionaire Elon Musk attracts supporters is the vision he seems to have for the future: people driving fully autonomous electric vehicles,

Is the US in a space race against China?

Headlines proclaiming the rise of a new “space race” between the U.S. and China have become common in news coverage following many of the exciting launches

Banning TikTok could weaken personal cybersecurity

TikTok is not be the first app to be scrutinized over the potential exposure of U.S. user data, but it is the first widely used

A new femininity is starting to emerge in China

Over the course of the last century, Western beauty ideals – thinness, light skin, large breasts, large eyes, a small nose and high cheekbones – have

Regulating AI: Experts explain why it’s difficult to do and important to get right

From fake photos of Donald Trump being arrested by New York City police officers to a chatbot describing a very-much-alive computer scientist as having died

Why tornadoes are still hard to forecast – even though storm predictions are improving

Meteorologists began warning about severe weather with the potential for tornadoes several days before storms tore across the Southeast and the Central U.S. in late

Trump’s indictment stretches US legal system in new ways – a former prosecutor explains four key points to understand

When former President Donald Trump turns himself over to authorities in New York on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, and is arraigned, the charges on which

Room-temperature superconductors could revolutionize electronics

Superconductors make highly efficient electronics, but the ultralow temperatures and ultrahigh pressures required to make them work are costly and difficult to implement. Room-temperature superconductors

SVB’s newfangled failure fits a century-old pattern of bank runs, with a social media twist

The failure of Silicon Valley Bank on March 10, 2023, came as a shock to most Americans. Even people like myself, a scholar of the

Generative AIs could help protect against fraud and misinformation

Shortly after rumors leaked of former President Donald Trump’s impending indictment, images purporting to show his arrest appeared online. These images looked like news photos,

What peace in Ukraine and a post-conflict world look like to Xi and Putin

Just a few days after being branded a war criminal in an international arrest warrant, Russian President Vladimir Putin was talking peace with his most

The risks the app poses and the challenges to blocking it

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 23, 2023, amid a chorus of calls from members of

Federal Reserve’s ‘soft landing’ goal has become bumpier

U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers have targeted a “soft landing” for the U.S. economy since beginning their effort a year ago to tame runaway inflation by hiking interest rates. That

Building better brain collaboration online – the decade-long Human Brain Project

Recent years have seen both impressive advances in computational technologies and neuroscience and increasing prevalence of mental disorders. These forces sparked the launch of brain science

Environment Japan: Better to be safe than sorry

Following the announcement of the Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on March 3rd, 2023, the Japanese Government Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno has recently confirmed (BBC source) that

Inflation is proving particularly stubborn – but jitters over banking failures complicate rate decision

The U.S. Federal Reserve is facing a rather sticky problem. Despite its best efforts over the past year, inflation is stubbornly refusing to head south with any urgency

Why SVB and Signature Bank failed so fast – and the crisis isn’t over yet

Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank failed with enormous speed – so quickly that they could be textbook cases of classic bank runs, in which too

Russia wants military aid from China – this deal could help China, too

China is considering sending weapons, ammunition and drones to Russia, according to information the Biden administration declassified at the end of February 2023. China’s military aid would

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