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STAT: The Readout Loud
TECHNOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
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.
Raymond T. Pierrehumbert
When it comes to solar geoengineering, we’re still very much in the dark
It’s a misguided bid for a quick-fix to the climate crisis that might hold off the symptoms of global warming without confronting the necessary task of kicking the world’s fossil fuel habit.
Francesca Panetta, Pakinam Amer, and D. Fox Harrell
We made a realistic deepfake, and here’s why we’re worried
Our video of Nixon giving an Oval Office speech informing the public that the Apollo 11 mission ended in tragedy demonstrated the potent combination of synthetic media’s capacity to fool the eyes and social media’s capacity to reach eyeballs.
Mary Anne Franks
A dangerous form of unanswerable speech
Deepfakes are not ideas that can simply be countered with different and better ideas.
IDEAS | ERIC LANDER
Just when we need it most, science is in danger
It’s time to renew the compact between science and society.
IDEAS | Bryan Schonfeld and Sam Winter-Levy
Algorithms may never really figure us out — thank goodness
Life turns out to be messier than computerized decision-making systems usually can account for.
IDEAS | Albert Fox Cahn and Naz Akyol
The TikTok backlash is hypocritical
It's true that the Chinese social media app is invasive. But so are Facebook and several other domestic social media services.
Urban demonstrations are a triumph of the city
Public space, with its inevitable social collisions, is a much-needed arena for society to come together.
Hard lessons on remote learning in Worcester
Education for thousands of the city's students was set back by problems in distributing laptops and in outreach.
IDEAS | BRIAN BERGSTEIN
Mars needs a constitutional convention
A Q&A with astrobiologist Charles Cockell, who investigates how to prevent settlements in space from becoming breeding grounds for tyranny.