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How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist: What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist (and Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories in the First Place): What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


How an internet lie about the Capitol invasion turned into an instant conspiracy theory

Just as well-known, easily identifiable far-right figures livestreamed themselves invading the Capitol in Washington, DC, a lie started spreading around the Trump-supporting internet: What if the mob was actually a group of antifa activists trying to make the president’s supporters look bad? The rumor was false, and debunked repeatedly—not least by the words and actions of the MAGA personalities who were leading the charge in front of a live audience. The lie had been seeded already, since f...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Florida, Politics, Congress, Washington, Senate, Social Media, Ap, Fox, Washington Dc, House, Arizona, Innovation, Republican, Donald Trump


The Geek in Review Ep. 100 – Jennifer Bluestein on Stepping It Up: A Guide for Mid-Level Law Firm Associates

Welcome to the 100th episode of The Geek in Review. We hope you’ve enjoyed listening to the podcast as much as we’ve had in making it. We talk with Jennifer Bluestein, Chief Talent and HR Officer for Perkins Coie in part one of a two-part interview. Jennifer’s new book, Stepping It Up: A Guide for Mid-Level Law Firm Associates helps associates, partners, HR, and professional development personnel better understand the needs of those second to sixth-year associates as they move from learning how...
Tags: Apple, Podcast, Jack Nicholson, Law, Molly, Uncategorized, Training, United States, New Jersey, Professional Development, Law Firms, Aba, Sheppard Mullin, Jen, Greg, Associates


COVID-19 Accelerating the Trend Towards Vertical and Indoor Farming

The interest and investments in vertical and indoor farms has been growing steadily for several  years. This is due to the advantages of indoor farming. By taking plants out of their outdoor environments and moving them inside to a controlled environment you can eliminate the problems associated with drought, pests, weeds and extreme weather. You can also locate farms closer to urban areas, which means fresher produce for consumers and lower transportation costs.  But COVID-19 has added another ...
Tags: Japan, Berlin, Singapore, Sales, MIT Technology Review, Small Farms


Watch Sassy Justice, the New Deepfake Satire Show Created by the Makers of South Park

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WfZuNceFDM If any cultural, political, or technological phenomenon of the past couple of decades hasn’t been lampooned by South Park, it probably didn’t happen. But the 21st century has brought forth so much nonsense that even Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of that at once crude and multidimensionally satirical cartoon show, have had to expand into feature films and even onto Broadway to ridicule it all. The latest project takes the humbler but unde...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Comedy, Technology, South Park, Youtube, College, White House, Current Affairs, Broadway, Michael Caine, Donald Trump, Seoul, Peter Serafinowicz, Matt Stone, Trey Parker


The One with Eric Roth

John welcomes legendary screenwriter Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, A Star is Born, Dune) to discuss his writing practice and how he gets in the head of his characters. We answer audience questions on how to trust your voice and approach adaptations. Finally, in our bonus segment for premium members John and Craig discuss election night and the days after. Like we did after the 2016 election, we’re including the bonus segment on the main feed this week. (Note: This was recorded on Friday before the ...
Tags: Writing Process, Film Industry, Adaptation, John, John August, Election, Eric Roth, Craig, Directors, MIT Technology Review, Craig Mazin, Screenwriting, Scriptnotes, QandA, Rajesh Naroth, Megana Rao


AI Godfather Geoff Hinton: "Deep Learning is Going To Be Able To Do Everything"

An excerpt from MIT Technology Review's interview with Geoffrey Hinton: You think deep learning will be enough to replicate all of human intelligence. What makes you so sure? I do believe deep learning is going to be able to do everything, but I do think there's going to have to be quite a few conceptual breakthroughs. For example, in 2017 Ashish Vaswani et al. introduced transformers, which derive really good vectors representing word meanings. It was a conceptual breakthrough. It's now used i...
Tags: Google, Tech, MIT Technology Review, Geoffrey Hinton, GPT, Geoff Hinton, Ashish Vaswani


Trump targets Kamala Harris in sexist rant against the Democratic vice-presidential nominee

Getty President Donald Trump targeted Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in a rant at a campaign rally in Florida on Friday.  Trump said the US would never see a "socialist" president, "especially a female socialist," apparently referring to Harris, who is not a socialist. The president has tried to paint Harris as a radical in what has so far been Trump's tumultuous run for reelection. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump targeted Dem...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, California, US, Trends, Joe Biden, United States, Biden, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Trump, Democratic, HARRIS, MIT Technology Review, 2020 Elections


A Man Caught Coronavirus Twice -- and It Was Worse the Second Time

According to a study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a man in the U.S. caught COVID-19 for a second time and had a worse bout of illness. MIT Technology Review reports: The 25-year-old man tested positive for the first time on April 18, after experiencing several weeks of symptoms including sore throat, cough, headache, nausea, and diarrhea. He felt fully recovered by April 27, and tested negative for the virus on both May 9 and 26. But just two days later, on May 28, he developed s...
Tags: Tech, MIT Technology Review


Anti-abortion groups say they stand behind Trump's use of a drug tested on cells derived from an aborted fetus because the president 'was not involved with that abortion'

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images An antibody cocktail President Trump received for his COVID-19 treatment was tested using stem cells derived from a fetus that was aborted in 1972 in the Netherlands.  Anti-abortion organizations have spoken out against the use of these stem cells, which have been lab-engineered and duplicated, to test vaccines. Trump has also restricted use of these stem cells in research. Three anti-abortion organization leaders told Insider that although the testing w...
Tags: Washington Post, US, Trends, Chicago, Heritage, Netherlands, Fda, Donald Trump, Trump, Lee, Institute, Anti, Heritage Foundation, MIT Technology Review, Regeneron, Scheidler


Antiabortion groups say they stand behind Trump's use of a drug tested on cells derived from an aborted fetus because the president 'was not involved with that abortion'

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images An antibody cocktail President Trump received for his COVID-19 treatment was tested using stem cells derived from a fetus that was aborted in 1972 in the Netherlands.  Antiabortion organizations have spoken out against the use of these stem cells, which have been lab-engineered and duplicated, to test vaccines. Trump has also restricted use of these stem cells in research. Three leaders of antiabortion organizations told Insider that though the testing w...
Tags: US, Trends, Heritage, Netherlands, Food And Drug Administration, Donald Trump, The Washington Post, Trump, Lee, Heritage Foundation, MIT Technology Review, Regeneron, Scheidler, Nicholas Kamm, Charlotte Lozier Institute, Eric Scheidler


Enhanced computer vision, sensors raise manufacturing stakes for robots as a service

Kyle S. Gibson Contributor Share on Twitter Kyle S. Gibson is a writer and videographer in Boston, currently focused on robotics and industrial internet of things. Kyle has worked for publishers AmericanInno and MIT Technology Review, sales automation developer Pegasystems, and blockchain strategy group New Alchemy. He is currently writing for MIT Horizon, an emerging technology education platform. His work is supported by a regional ...
Tags: Column, Boston, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Manufacturing, Robotics, Kyle, MIT Technology Review, Universal Robots, Pegasystems, Industrial Robot, Veo Robotics, Human Robot Interaction, International Federation of Robotics IFR, RealTime Robotics


One of Trump's COVID-19 treatments was developed using tissue that originally came from an abortion. He's tried to ban this kind of research.

President Donald Trump walks to Marine One to go to the Walter Reed medical center after he tested positive for COVID-19 on October 2, 2020. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images A treatment used on President Donald Trump after his coronavirus diagnosis was developed with testing that used cells that originally came from an abortion. The Trump administration has tried to restrict the use of such cells, though it's common practice in the development of treatments for diseases like cancer, HIV, an...
Tags: Politics, Science, White House, US, Trends, Netherlands, News UK, Abortion, National Institutes of Health, Donald Trump, Antibodies, Nih, Walter Reed, The Washington Post, Technology Review, Trump


How to Protect Yourself from the Aerosol Spread of Covid-19

A group of scientists who believe that WHO and the CDC are being too slow in acknowledging the role of aerosol transmission in spreading Covid-19 have written up a Google Doc of advice for the public: FAQs on Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission. The goal of these FAQs is to provide information to the general public in an efficient manner about how to prevent aerosol transmission of COVID-19, with the hope that this will allow more informed decision making by individuals or or...
Tags: Google, Cdc, Time, Atlantic, Jason Kottke, Ny Times, Jimenez, MIT Technology Review, Aaron Carroll, Zeynep Tufekci, COVID, CDC WHO, Jose Luis Jimenez, Charlotte Jee


Is it possible to build a mile-high skyscraper?

Frank Lloyd Wright originally proposed The Mile-High Illinois in the 1950s. Innovations in construction materials and elevators are necessary to reach the one mile height and beyond.We may see the first mile-high skyscraper by the middle of the 21st century. Humanity has been on a quest for millenia to build bigger and taller structures. In our reach skyward we've built ziggurats, pyramids, and coliseums. Our mythologies placed the seat of the gods in lofty towers high on mountaintops. We've had...
Tags: Design, China, New York City, Chicago, Cities, Architecture, Engineering, Middle East, Innovation, Dubai, Buildings, Illinois, Burj Khalifa, Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago Tribune, Wright


Curio, the curated audio platform for journalism, has closed $9M Series A funding

Curio, the burgeoning audio platform that offers a curated library of “expert” journalism, has closed a $9 million in Series A round funding. The round is led by Earlybird, with participation from Draper Esprit, Cherry Ventures, and Horizons Ventures. It follows $2 million in previous backing from Cherry, 500 Startups and unnamed private angel investors, bringing the total amount raised to $11 million to date. Founded in 2016 by Govind Balakrishnan, an ex-BBC strategist, and Srikant Chakravarti,...
Tags: TC, London, Tech, Bbc, South Africa, Financial Times, Balakrishnan, MIT Technology Review, India Australia, Curio, Wall Street Journal The Washington Post, Draper Esprit Cherry Ventures, Govind Balakrishnan, Srikant Chakravarti, Balakrishnan Curio


The Geek in Review Ep. 85 – Williams Lea CEO, Clare Hart on Letting Lawyers Do What They Do Best… Practice Law

A law firm’s primary function is to enable lawyers to practice law. In fact, many of us on the operations side of the law firm business have heard the complaints of lawyers that there are too many “other tasks” that take away from their practice of law. On today’s episode, we talk with the CEO of Williams Lea, Clare Hart, about the challenges she and her company have faced during the pandemic, and what she sees happening as we push through the current situation, and what will happen as we event...
Tags: Apple, Podcast, UK, New York, London, Kim Kardashian, Mississippi, Law, Uncategorized, US, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington Dc, Lea, Lafayette, Illinois


A group of MIT and Harvard scientists are biohacking themselves with a DIY COVID-19 vaccine

RADVAC, the Rapid Deployment Vaccine Collaborative, is a group of scientists who first got together in early March to experiment with potential coronavirus solutions … on their own bodies. From their website: Beginning early in the 2020 pandemic, we designed, produced, and self-administered several progressive generations of nasal vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. As of August 2020, over two dozen of us have self-administered the vaccine. We have not filed any patents or other intellectual propert...
Tags: Post, News, US, Mit, Harvard, Vaccine, Vaccines, Biohacking, Estep, MIT Technology Review, Veritas Genetics, Biohacks, Antonio Regalado, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Coronavirus Vaccine


Israeli Phone Hacking Company 'Cellebrite' Sued To Stop Sales To Hong Kong

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Human rights advocates filed a new court petition against the Israeli phone hacking company Cellebrite, urging Israel's Ministry of Defense to halt the firm's exports to Hong Kong where security forces have been using the technology in crackdowns against dissidents as China takes greater control of Hong Kong. In July, police court filings revealed that Cellebrite's phone hacking technology has been used to break into 4,000 phones of...
Tags: Facebook, Hong Kong, China, Defense, Israel, Tel Aviv, Tech, Joshua Wong, Defense Ministry, Ministry of Defense, MIT Technology Review, HONG KONG Hong Kong, Cellebrite, Eitay Mack, Israel s Ministry of Defense, Law Wong


A fake blog written by AI shot to the top of Hacker News after people thought it was real — here's how a college student made it

A college student made a fake blog post using an AI text generator and it was upvoted to the top of Hacker News by people who thought it was real. University of California, Berkeley student Liam Porr created several blog posts using OpenAI's GPT-3 text generator. Several people subscribed to his account, believing he wrote the posts himself. Porr told MIT Technology Review that he guided the AI to write articles about productivity and self-help because "it's not very good at being logical." Th...
Tags: Trends, University Of California Berkeley, Hacker News, MIT Technology Review, GPT, Liam Porr, Porr, Hacker News Porr


The AI company Elon Musk cofounded just released a 'groundbreaking' tool that can automatically mimic human writing — here's how stunned developers are experimenting with it so far

Research lab OpenAI released a "natural language generation" tool called GPT-3 that learns from a massive set of data to write impressively human-like text. GPT-3 can account for tone and context to write in conversational or formal English. Developers have been using GPT-3 to write creative fiction, design websites, and write business proposals with very little indication a robot created them. But even the most advanced AI tool raises concerns around biased language and ways the technology co...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Trends, Sam Altman, Associated Press, Shakespeare, Seattle, Donald Trump, Chris Sacca, Musk, Rose, MIT Technology Review, Jerome K Jerome, Allen Institute


How to talk to a conspiracy theorist -- and still be kind

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 36% of US adults believe false conspiracy theories about COVID-19, such as the one claiming Bill Gates wants to inject people with vaccine medication that contains microchips that will be activated by 5G cell towers. MIT Technology Review interviewed various experts and moderators of Reddit's r/ChangeMyView to find out how you can talk to conspiracy theory believers without wanting to throttle them. The article presents the experts' advice in the fo...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, US, Bill Gates, Reddit, Conspiracy Theories, Pew Research Center, Donovan, MIT Technology Review, George Lakoff


How Social Media Took Us From Tahrir Square to Donald Trump (MIT Technology Review)

To understand how digital technologies went from instruments for spreading democracy to weapons for attacking it, you have to look beyond the technologies themselves. Canary Trap is a platform for exclusive, well-researched, and objective information relating to intelligence, terrorism, corruption and politico-security matters.
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Publishing, Activism, Social Media, Donald Trump, Tahrir Square, MIT Technology Review, Canary Trap, Media Analysis, Zeynep Tufekci, Disinformation, Online Activism, Narrative Building, Online Protests, US presidential polls


Finally revealed: identity of hacker blamed for stealing from 300+ companies and governments, in 44 countries

Unsealed court documents reveal the identity of Fxmsp, a hacker from Kazakhstan who is blamed for information theft from more than 300 companies and governments, in 44 different countries around the world. Patrick O'Neill at MIT Technology Review reports on the hacker identified as a 37-year-old man from Kazakhstan. Known as Fxmsp, the hacker became famous in 2019 when that he advertised access and source code for leading cybersecurity companies, amid claims he could make an individual “the i...
Tags: Security, Post, Technology, News, Washington, Mit, Tech News, Hacking, Hackers, Kazakhstan, Patrick O Neill, Western District, MIT Technology Review, Group IB, Turchin, Fxmsp


How Google Docs Became the Social Media of the Resistance

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: In just the last week, Google Docs has emerged as a way to share everything from lists of books on racism to templates for letters to family members and representatives to lists of funds and resources that are accepting donations. Shared Google Docs that anyone can view and anyone can edit, anonymously, have become a valuable tool for grassroots organizing during both the coronavirus pandemic and the police brutality protests sweepi...
Tags: Facebook, US, Tech, Google Docs, MIT Technology Review, Merrimack College, Georgia State University Read, George Floyd, Melissa Zimdars, Zimdars, Carlisa Johnson


Coronavirus Apps Don't Need 60% Adoption To Be Effective

With dozens of digital contact tracing apps already rolled out worldwide, and many more on the way, how many people need to use them for the system to work? One number has come up over and over again: 60%. From a report: That's the percentage of the population that many public health authorities documented by MIT Technology Review's Covid Tracing Tracker say they are targeting as they attempt to protect their communities from covid-19. The number is taken from an Oxford University study released...
Tags: Tech, Oxford, Oxford University, MIT Technology Review, Andrea Stewart


Robotics startup lets machines get closer as humans keep their distance

Kyle S. Gibson Contributor Share on Twitter Kyle S. Gibson is a writer and videographer in Boston, currently focused on robotics and industrial internet of things. Kyle has worked for publishers AmericanInno and MIT Technology Review, sales automation developer Pegasystems, and blockchain strategy group New Alchemy. He is currently writing for MIT Horizon, an emerging technology education platform. His work is supported by a regional ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Column, New York, Hardware, Boston, Massachusetts, Tech, Mit, Telecommunications, Mta, Gps, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Robotics, Robot


Nearly Half of Twitter Accounts Pushing To Reopen America May Be Bots

According to a new study from Carnegie Mellon University, researchers have found that bots may account for between 45 and 60% of Twitter accounts discussing covid-19. The normal level of bot involvement for U.S. and foreign elections, natural disasters, and other politicized events is usually between 10 and 20%. MIT Technology Review reports: Many of those accounts were created in February and have since been spreading and amplifying misinformation, including false medical advice, conspiracy the...
Tags: Tech, Carnegie Mellon University, MIT Technology Review, Carley, Kathleen M Carley


Facebook Has Released a Map of Coronavirus Symptoms Crowdsourced From Its Users

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MIT Technology Review: Facebook has released a map showing the proportion of people who say they have experienced coronavirus symptoms in each state in the US. The data was gathered from more than one million Facebook users who filled in a survey created by Carnegie Mellon University about whether they were experiencing symptoms like a cough or a fever. The map, which goes down to county level, will be updated every day. Facebook says it will create simil...
Tags: Facebook, Cdc, US, Tech, Carnegie Mellon University, CMU, MIT Technology Review



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