Facebook has been sharing user data with Stanford to study US inequality
The social network is working with economists to throw light on America’s widening income gap.
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North Korea’s hacking abilities are even stronger than we thought
Pyongyang has a surprisingly powerful cyber-espionage team at its disposal, according to a new report.
“We’re in a diversity crisis”: cofounder of Black in AI on what’s poisoning algorithms in our lives
Artificial intelligence is an increasingly seamless part of our everyday lives, present in everything from web searches to social media to home assistants like Alexa. But what do we do if this massively important technology is unintentionally, but fundamentally,...Read the full story →
Our love of batteries is powering a boom in exploitative cobalt mines
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, some mines known to use child labor are benefiting from the electrification of our economy.
Backstory: The world wants lithium-ion batteries. But one of their key ingredients, cobalt, is in short supply. That makes… Read more
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This video game wants to be a fake-news vaccine
By building up pretend propaganda empires, can we learn how news is weaponized against us?
The game: Players of the new video game Bad News, which has been built by a team of academics and journalists, must win social-media fans, bend the truth, and… Read more
- Bad News
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket could help humans mine more asteroids
The world’s most powerful rocket may be good for more commercial missions than Mars supply trips. One astronomer says it could open access to lots of asteroids on which humans could strike it rich mining metals.
Backstory: Earlier this month, SpaceX… Read more
Elon Musk’s Boring Company will start digging a tunnel in Washington, DC
Permission to excavate in the city could be a first step to building an East Coast Hyperloop—or just an expensive folly.
- Boring Company
Missing the Paris climate target by just a little means raising the odds of extreme weather by a lot
While the lofty goal of the landmark Paris climate agreement was to prevent global temperatures from rising 2 °C, it’s increasingly unlikely the world will pull that off (see “Global warming’s worst-case projections look increasingly likely”).
Several...Read the full story →
Russian meddling charges stoke fear that midterms will bring more of the same
Indictments against Russia reveal the nation’s skills at creating chaos online, and it’s unclear if Big Tech can yet fight off another onslaught.
Human-sheep chimeras won’t grow us replacement organs just yet
Researchers say they've grown sheep embryos containing human cells—but the benefits that the work could bring are still a way off.
- Megan Johnston