Driverless cars’ AI plan, and stretching cells with a robotic shoulder

I used the internet to find you the most fun / important / scary / pictorial stories of today about technology.

1 New privacy-focused applications are unfit to meet the demands of moderation
It further complicates maintaining a balance between privacy and policing. (WP)
, How to have an honest conversation with kids about Texas shooting(Atlantic 2)

2 Big Tech’s lobbying efforts are bearing fruit
Democrats are wary of backing the no-confidence motion for fear of losing their slim majority. (Political)
, Industry lobbyists have also successfully undermined privacy regulation efforts. (Markup)
, What does it really mean to break Big Tech? (MIT Technology Review)

3 It is difficult to mimic the comfortable sensation of touch
But scientists are trying their best with sensors and prostheses. (National Geographic 2)
, Finding soft things to solve difficult problems(MIT Technology Review)

4 Our passion for restoring nature is unhelpful
Living ecosystems do not mean a stable environment, so why do we treat them like them? (New Statesman 3)
, “A Trillion Trees” is a great idea – which can be a dangerous climate disturbance.(MIT Technology Review)

5 has a stake in 4Chan, a Japanese toy company
And sex anime figures can explain why. (Wired $)
, Contaminated rumors that Trans Person was responsible for the Texas shooting that started at 4 Chen(Falling stone or circling stone)

6 students are afraid of being accused of fraud by the algorithm
Schools are relying too much on systems that can make faulty decisions. (NYT)

How can birth control change in the post-7 world
These include “night before” pills and sperm-restricted gels. (Neo. Life)
, Data harvesting is likely to get worse if abortion is banned(FT)
, Activists are helping Texans get abortion pills online(MIT Technology Review)

8 African market traders thanks to supply chain startups
Enabling them to order bulk products without having to travel. (FT)
, Major blockchain projects are also flooding the continent. (Quartz)

9 How to keep up with the news without being overwhelmed
Turning off notifications is a good place to start. (WP)

10 An AI has drawn a random portrait of the queen
And critics are less than impressed with the outcome. (The Guardian)
, The dark secret behind those beautiful AI-generated animal images(MIT Technology Review)

Big story

Why you don’t really know what you know
October 2020

What does it really mean to know anything? How well can we understand the world when much of our knowledge depends on the evidence and arguments given by others?

These questions are not just important for scientists. Many other areas are becoming more complex, and we have access to more information and informed opinions than ever before. At the same time, however, increasing political polarization and misinformation make it difficult to know who to trust. Read the full story.

– Matthew Hutson

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