Abortion pill access, and Europe’s ethical AI

If the U.S. Supreme Court Row v. Wade, a 1973 legal decision that made abortion a constitutional right, would prepare some parts of the country to plunge into a dark age of reproductive rights that prohibits doctors from performing any abortion, in some states rape, adultery cases, or heredity.

But there is still a big loophole: most of these outstanding state laws exempt anyone seeking an abortion from any penalty. The potential consequence is an increase in the number of people terminating pregnancies at home using so-called abortion pills.

The MIT Technology Review spoke with medical professionals and reproductive rights advocates to find out how abortion pills work, where to get them, and the risks of using them without a doctor’s care. Read the full story.

– Antonio Regalado

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I used the internet to find out some of the most fun / important / scary / compelling stories about technology today.

1 The EU wants to make AI more ethical
But experts and key players are at odds over how to achieve this – and what it means. (New Statesman 3)
, A Quick Guide to the Most Important AI Laws You’ve Never Heard(MIT Technology Review)
, Google’s LaMDA is not AI sensitive. (Atlantic 2)
+ But it’s amazing that people are increasingly fooled by human-like AI. (The Guardian)
, This AI is trying to recreate the mind of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. (WP)

2 Crypto crashes are getting worse
Targeted NFT project discards after the Hex series. (Motherboard)
, More asset exchanges are also laying off workers. (FT)

3 Internet Explorer has officially died
After 27 years of long service, the browser is no more. (The Guardian)
, There is pressure on Microsoft to fix software vulnerabilities more quickly. (Ars Technica)

4 The brain has an inbuilt low-power mode
Which is especially important to understand how dieting affects people’s perceptions of the world. (Quanta)
, Secrets of the human brain(MIT Technology Review)

5 A woman discovers her father … a fertilization doctor
We are joining the long list of victims of reproductive fraud. (The Verge)

6 Sheryl Sandberg’s legacy is huge on Facebook
But her distinctive brand of corporate feminism has not aged well. (Slate 2)
, Experts are divided over whether Meta’s plan to prevent teenagers from doomsday scrolling will work. (Protocol)

7 Fact checkers are dispelling the lies surrounding the Sri Lankan crisis
Their protest tracking efforts are creating an extensive historical database. (Rest of the world)

8 Virtual reality helps children with autism focus
By removing distracting sensory stimuli from the real world. (NYT)
, A robot that teaches social skills to autistic children can help them develop(MIT Technology Review)

9 The minority report tried to warn us
20 years later, maybe we should listen. (Atlantic 2)

A love note for 10 voice notes
Love them or hate them, they bridge the gap between calls and texts. (FT)

Quote of the day

“Obviously, expensive digital images of monkeys will improve the world a lot.”

-Bill Gates ironically explains why he is not a fan of NFT at the TechCrunch conference, CNBC reports.

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