FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

FAO - News Article: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence's transformative power to make food systems more efficient, sustainable and inclusive

28 February 2020, Rome - FAO Director-General QU Dongyu became today one of the first signatories of a ethical resolution on Artificial Intelligence (AI) endorsed by Pope Francis, stressing the importance of minimizing this new technology's risks while exploiting its potential benefits.

Please, Please, Please Don't Mock Conspiracy Theories

Please, Please, Please Don't Mock Conspiracy Theories

The harder you try to disprove theories about Satanists or the Deep State to people already convinced that you’re in on the conspiracy—or are sympathetic to the evil them—the more likely believers are to respond to your debunk with obstinance.

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The US Has Its First ‘Community Spread’ Coronavirus Case

The CDC specified only that the patient was in California; the California Department of Public Health announced that the patient was a resident of Solano County—which, as other reports have pointed out, is the location of one of the Air Force bases being used for quarantines of people who’ve returned to the US from countries with the disease.

The Perma-Viral World of the At-Home Nose Job

The Perma-Viral World of the At-Home Nose Job

“Can it be used on my 13-year-old daughter?” one customer asks about a product called “Nose Up Lifting Magic Nose Shaper Clip Beauty Nose Slimming Device Pain Free High Up Tool.” The seller’s answer?

How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Debate in South Carolina

How to Watch Tonight's Democratic Debate in South Carolina

CBS News is hosting the event along with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, and the festivities are scheduled to kick off at 8 pm Eastern time (5 pm Pacific).The tenth Democratic primary debate is being hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in Charleston, South Carolina.

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Covid-19 Will Mark the End of Affluence Politics

Within the Republican establishment, President Herbert Hoover worked 18-hour days, exhorting confidence while refusing to take even basic steps such as having the government guarantee bank deposits.

Let's Have the GIF Pronunciation Debate Forever

Let's Have the GIF Pronunciation Debate Forever

Today, Giphy and the peanut butter brand Jif released limited-edition jars of spread sure to reignite the discourse of how to pronounce GIF all over again.

Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age

Locally Grown Is PBS for the Streaming Age

Flipping through Locally Grown is like finding lost treasure, each channel its own trove of .Like a video archive that is available 24/7, Locally Grown is an anti-streaming streamer, the PBS of black cultural ephemera.Locally Grown lets viewers tune in to one of 11 curated channels, 24/7.

Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos

Russia Doesn't Want Bernie Sanders. It Wants Chaos

“We saw Russia amplifying conspiracy theories suggesting that delays in reporting returns were part of an effort to deny Senator Sanders a clear win,” says Jessica Brandt, head of policy and research for the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan nonprofit that tracks and counteracts Russian disinformation.

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Susan Fowler and the End of the ‘High Performer’ Defense

Within days of Fowler’s post, which described firsthand how the company tolerated sexual harassment and ignored discrimination against women, Uber was under siege, forced to authorize an outside investigation that would lead to the departure of its bro-tastic CEO Travis Kalanick.

How Trump Hollowed Out US National Security

How Trump Hollowed Out US National Security

As Richard Grenell, the current US ambassador to Germany, starts his second day on the job as the nation’s acting director of national intelligence, his arrival also marks the ouster of not only his predecessor, Joseph Maguire, but reportedly also of DNI principal executive Andrew Hallman.

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

Uber Changes Its Rules, and Drivers Adjust Their Strategies

On a recent morning in Santa Monica, California, Sergio Avedian pulled into the parking lot of a Vons supermarket, signed into the Uber driver app, and waited.

How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

Plant enthusiasts like Nguyen will pay hundreds of dollars for a single pink princess, and wait lists from growers can form months in advance.The pink congo is not a variegated plant, like the striking pink princess philodendron, but a Cinderella plant—one that would return to an ordinary philodendron in a matter of time.

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

YouTube Gaming's Most-Watched Videos Are Dominated by Scams and Cheats

A chat box alongside the video displays frustrated messages: “I still haven’t got the money,” or “I did all the steps.” The stream, which often sits atop YouTube Gaming’s directory, remained live last weekend for over 21 hours, during which it was viewed over 1.1 million times.

Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters

Going the Distance (and Beyond) to Catch Marathon Cheaters

They had posted photos in which it appeared that Meza entered the run from a sidewalk during the middle of the race, suggesting the possibility that he cut part of the course and then reentered.

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Photo © Eric Aldrich Camera trapping has become a common research and monitoring tool used at many Nature Conservancy projects and preserves.Photo © Eric Aldrich His camera trapping in New Hampshire has assisted several citizen science initiatives and inspires many online with the photos and video clips he’s captured.

Giant squid and glow-in-the-dark sharks surprise scientists

Giant squid and glow-in-the-dark sharks surprise scientists

A giant squid and several glow-in-the-dark sharks were surprise finds for NIWA scientists last month on the Chatham Rise during a voyage to survey hoki, New Zealand’s most valuable commercial fish species.

How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices

How to Enable Dark Mode on All Your Apps and Devices

As on macOS, there are three options to pick from: You can choose between the Light and Dark options, or turn the Automatic toggle switch on to have the setting shift based on the time of day.

Activision Blizzard Pulled Its Games From Nvidia's Streaming Service

Activision Blizzard Pulled Its Games From Nvidia's Streaming Service

That means that, in addition to his presence definitely being off the table for The Game Awards, he'll also not be helming the E3 Coliseum event, which has been a big deal at the show in recent years.

Bloomberg’s Influencer Campaign, a Hackable Voting App, and More News

Bloomberg’s Influencer Campaign, a Hackable Voting App, and More News

And while Bloomberg may have been the first to deploy this particular advertising tactic, he's not the first candidate to use influencers to try to gain traction on the internet —and it's a strategy we're likely to see a whole lot more of as elections heat up.

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

In the quarantined Chinese city of Wuhan , health workers fighting the explosive outbreak of a new coronavirus have been improvising for weeks, trying to provide whatever care they can for Covid-19 patients whose symptoms range from a cough and fever to severe pneumonia, septic shock, and organ failure.

Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Animals like elk in North America and vicunas in the Andes also share those same priorities, and what new research shows is how they respond to those fears depends mostly on what’s trying to eat them.

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Coronavirus Has a Name: The Deadly Disease Is Covid-19

Because Carson’s company is called Covid, and as of Tuesday, so is the disease caused by that new coronavirus.And per the Coronavirus Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (in a preprint, so not peer reviewed, but likely to be cleared), the microbe itself is now called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2.Not much better?

The Race to Save Flash Games From Internet Oblivion

The Race to Save Flash Games From Internet Oblivion

The videogame designers behind celebrated titles like Crypt of the Necrodancer, Hollow Knight, and Super Meat Boy all got their start noodling around with Flash, Fulp says.

Donald Trump Now Has the Senate GOP's Blessing to Undermine Democracy

Donald Trump Now Has the Senate GOP's Blessing to Undermine Democracy

Despite becoming the first president ever to receive votes from both parties to convict and remove him from office in an impeachment trial, President Donald Trump today woke up in the White House unbound.

How American Politics Became a Meme Theater

How American Politics Became a Meme Theater

The positive consequence of the political meme ecosystem is that average people at least seem to be more civically engaged.The downside of the new meme-conscious political world, of course, is that facial expressions and stunts have become as important as substance and policy, if not more.

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

Digital IDs Make Systemic Bias Worse

If you belong to one of those tribes, you end up waiting months to appear in front of a vetting committee.Ziya applied for an ID in 2013 and received an appointment with the vetting committee in 2014.

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is a Petri Dish for Conspiracy Theories

The Coronavirus Outbreak Is a Petri Dish for Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories about the Wuhan coronavirus, which range from believing the disease is a bioweapon to the result of eating bat soup, are playing an ancient chord.Falsehoods about coronavirus fall into two major categories: conspiracy theories about the origins of the illness and misinformation about miracle cures.

An Artist Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam

An Artist Used 99 Phones to Fake a Google Maps Traffic Jam

Soon enough, Weckert realized that it was the mass of people, or more specifically their smartphones, that had inadvertently tricked Google into seeing gridlock on an empty street.

America Needs a Ministry of Truth

America Needs a Ministry of Truth

That day, representatives learned that a “high school kid with a good graphics card can make this stuff.” That the creators of malicious deepfakes (the bad guys) and those working to identify and intercept fake content (the good guys) are locked in an unending arms race.