• Providing valuable lessons for today’s pandemic, Foege and Zhdanov honored for eradication of a much deadlier virus – The 2020 Future of Life Award

    THE 2020 FUTURE OF LIFE AWARD is bestowed upon William Foege (left) & Viktor Zhdanov (right) for their critical contribution to eradicating smallpox.   (Press Release, Future of Life Institute, December 10, 2020)   Providing valuable lessons for today’s pandemic, Foege and Zhdanov honored for eradication of a much deadlier virus   Imagine how you’d …

  • Algorithms associating appearance and criminality have a dark past

    Cover: Physiognomies of Russian criminals from The Delinquent Woman (1893) by Cesare Lombroso. Courtesy the Wellcome Collection ‘Phrenology’ has an old-fashioned ring to it. It sounds like it belongs in a history book, filed somewhere between bloodletting and velocipedes. We’d like to think that judging people’s worth based on the size and shape of their …

  • Why can’t some people admit defeat when they lose?

    Cover: President Donald Trump departing the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Sunday 8 November. Steve Helber/AP/AAP Why can’t some people admit defeat when they lose? Evita March, Federation University Australia When US President-Elect Joe Biden and Deputy Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris gave their victory speeches on Saturday evening, local time, the tally of …

  • In a battle of AI versus AI, researchers are preparing for the coming wave of deepfake propaganda

    In a battle of AI versus AI, researchers are preparing for the coming wave of deepfake propaganda AI-powered detectors are the best tools for spotting AI-generated fake videos. The Washington Post via Getty Images John Sohrawardi, Rochester Institute of Technology and Matthew Wright, Rochester Institute of Technology An investigative journalist receives a video from an …