The Biggest Coronavirus Myths, Busted

The Biggest Coronavirus Myths, Busted

“Of course, the only true way of knowing if you have Covid-19 is to get a test for the disease,” Yasmin says.And there are ways to inoculate yourself against such myths, Yasmin says.

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

Chloroquine May Fight Covid-19—and Silicon Valley’s Into It

A blockchain investor named James Todaro tweeted that an 85-year-old malaria drug called chloroquine was a potential treatment and preventative against the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

A Promising Crispr Trial, Happy-ish Tesla Investors, and More News

A Promising Crispr Trial, Happy-ish Tesla Investors, and More News

Gene-editing trials are optimistic and Tesla stocks are going ballistic, but first: a cartoon about meme cinema .You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

Pinterest Has a New Plan to Address Self-Harm

The company launched an initiative over the summer called “compassionate search ,” which aimed to help Pinterest users combat stress and anxiety by channeling negative emotions into exercises like guided breathing or journaling.

Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest

Planned Eric Schmidt Talk at AI Conference Draws Protest

Stanford's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, host of the conference, defended Schmidt's role in the event in a statement.The letter opposing Schmidt's appearance points to public statements in which he was dismissive of employee complaints over a now canceled Google project that tested a search engine designed to comply with Chinese internet censorship .

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex

Beware the Epiphany-Industrial Complex

The Stanford Prison Experiment has burrowed its way into the culture, inspiring an epiphany-industrial complex that deploys social science research in support of facile claims about human nature, public policy, and interpersonal relationships.

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

Election Security Is Still Hurting at Every Level

The Russian meddling that rocked the 2016 United States presidential election gave the public a full view of something election officials and advocates have warned about for years: weak voting infrastructure and election systems around the US, and a lack of political will and funding to strengthen them.

AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?

AI Could Predict Death. But What If the Algorithm Is Biased?

Earlier this month the University of Nottingham published a study in PloSOne about a new artificial intelligence model that uses machine learning to predict the risk of premature death, using banked health data (on age and lifestyle factors) from Brits aged 40 to 69.

The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal

The Deeper Education Issue Under the College Bribery Scandal

The 2018 Korn Ferry research forecasts that by 2030 the global technology, media, and telecommunications labor-skills shortage will reach 4.3 million positions and an unrealized output of nearly $450 billion.

How Fei-Fei Li Will Make Artificial Intelligence Better for Humanity

How Fei-Fei Li Will Make Artificial Intelligence Better for Humanity

As the researcher who built ImageNet, a database that helps computers recognize images, she’s one of a tiny group of scientists—a group perhaps small enough to fit around a kitchen table—who are responsible for AI’s recent remarkable advances.That June, Li was serving as the chief AI scientist at Google Cloud and was on leave from her position as director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab. But she was appearing in front of the committee because she was also the cofounder of a nonprofit focused on recruiting women and people of color to become builders of artificial intelligence.It was no surprise that the legislators sought her expertise that day.

Startups Flock to Turn Young Blood Into an Elixir of Youth

Startups Flock to Turn Young Blood Into an Elixir of Youth

The grisly experiments rejuvenated the aging mice, making them stronger and healthier, and introducing the 21st century’s longevity enthusiasts to the therapeutic potential of young blood.While much work remains to be done on how this regenerative process actually works, Stanford’s parabiosis studies have since inspired the creation of a handful of ambitious startups aimed at producing similarly dramatic effects in humans.