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STAT: The Readout Loud
TECHNOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
IDEAS | LINDA RODRIGUEZ MCROBBIE
Plants will save us — if we help them do it
The seeds of truly green technologies are being planted now.
IDEAS | SARAH RUTH BATES
Q&A: The watchdog digging up big tech’s dirt
Katie Paul, who heads the Tech Transparency Project, helps to uncover what tech companies are doing behind the scenes.
The ethical way to alter organisms
One of the inventors of CRISPR-based gene drive has some advice to improve science, ethics, and the odds that these technologies will one day save millions of lives.
Natalie Kofler and Riley Taitingfong
Advances in genetic engineering test democracy’s capacity for good decision-making
Local community input is not adequately sought out, and issues of social justice and equity are largely ignored.
IDEAS | DAVID EWING DUNCAN
Make government jobs cool again
Unfortunately we’ve seen what happens when too many of America’s best and brightest brush off the public sector.
Who am I to decide when algorithms should make important decisions?
The people who bear the risks of algorithmic systems should get to determine whether — and how — they’re used.
Sharad Goel, Julian Nyarko, and Roseanna Sommers
Predictions — whether algorithmic or human — may not be fair
Algorithms recommend movies and determine whose taxes are audited. And in courtrooms across the country, they assess the risk a defendant poses to public safety.
Ronald C. Arkin
The question of autonomous systems is not why but how
A team of combined human soldiers and autonomous systems have the potential capability of independently and objectively monitoring ethical behavior in the battlefield by all parties.
Robots aren’t better soldiers than humans
Removing human control from the use of force is a grave threat to humanity that deserves urgent multilateral action.
Rusty Savignac: Vote no on Question 1, ‘Right to Repair’
Question 1 is a complicated mess and the ads seem contradictory. But to technicians like me, the issue is clear: I’m voting no on Question 1.