TikTok fears point to larger problem: Poor media literacy in the social media age

If the US wants to protect young people from misinformation and foreign influence, focusing on TikTok is barking up the wrong tree.

Nir Eisikovits, Professor of Philosophy and Director, Applied Ethics Center, UMass Boston • conversation
April 19, 2024 ~8 min

‘Electronic tongue’ tastes when white wine goes bad

An "electronic tongue" successfully identified signs of white wine going bad weeks before human experts did.

Sara Zaske-Washington State • futurity
April 19, 2024 ~5 min

Are tomorrow’s engineers ready to face AI’s ethical challenges?

Ethics is often neglected in engineering education, two researchers write, despite mounting questions about how to responsibly design artificial intelligence programs.

Erin A. Cech, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan • conversation
April 19, 2024 ~9 min

To build a better AI helper, start by modeling the irrational behavior of humans

A new technique can be used to predict the actions of human or AI agents who behave suboptimally while working toward unknown goals.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
April 19, 2024 ~7 min

US Company Develops Cement-making Method that Reduces Carbon

VOA Learning English • voa
April 18, 2024 ~5 min

This year’s cicada invasion will be double trouble

For the first time in more than 200 years, two broods of cicadas will emerge from the ground at the same time. Here's what you should know.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
April 18, 2024 ~6 min

AI chatbots refuse to produce ‘controversial’ output − why that’s a free speech problem

AI chatbot makers’ restrictive use policies hinder people’s access to information.

Jacob Mchangama, Research Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University • conversation
April 18, 2024 ~10 min

For more open and equitable public discussions on social media, try “meronymity”

A communication system whose users reveal only a few verified aspects of their identity can empower less confident participants to speak up, researchers report.

Adam Zewe | MIT News • mit
April 18, 2024 ~8 min

Researchers Study Coffee’s Beginnings

VOA Learning English • voa
April 17, 2024 ~4 min

Dinosaurs Displayed Fast Growth Rate Early

VOA Learning English • voa
April 17, 2024 ~5 min