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Biohacking: Brain or Body?

“Biohacking” is an evolving trend in which people change their food and lifestyle habits to take advantage of biological mechanisms and to improve wellbeing. Dubbed “do-it-yourself” biology, biohacking helps “‘gain control of systems in y...

Biohacking: Brain or Body?

“Biohacking” is an evolving trend in which people change their food and lifestyle habits to take advantage of biological mechanisms and to improve wellbeing. Dubbed “do-it-yourself” biology, biohacking helps “‘gain control of systems in y...

The Lonely World of Earbuds

Across six time zones, Americans sit in traffic, wait on platforms, and squeeze between strangers. We spend an average of 26.9 minutes each way commuting to work, while 15 million of us take more than an hour. Our commutes are usually the unpleasant ...

The Lonely World of Earbuds

Across six time zones, Americans sit in traffic, wait on platforms, and squeeze between strangers. We spend an average of 26.9 minutes each way commuting to work, while 15 million of us take more than an hour. Our commutes are usually the unpleasant ...

Preempting the Dangers of Deepfakes

Although they may seem like novelties at first glance, “deepfakes” threaten to usher in a new era where our eyes and ears can no longer trust online content. These videos take the face of one person and realistically superimpose it onto the body ...

Preempting the Dangers of Deepfakes

Although they may seem like novelties at first glance, “deepfakes” threaten to usher in a new era where our eyes and ears can no longer trust online content. These videos take the face of one person and realistically superimpose it onto the body ...

Algorithms and Bias in the Digital Age

Algorithms have been created in a way that both reflects and perpetuates biases, particularly those regarding race and gender. In the past, algorithms have been perceived as neutral; algorithms come from technology, are coded, and are ‘logical,’ ...

Algorithms and Bias in the Digital Age

Algorithms have been created in a way that both reflects and perpetuates biases, particularly those regarding race and gender. In the past, algorithms have been perceived as neutral; algorithms come from technology, are coded, and are ‘logical,’ ...

The Historical Roots of the Social Credit System

During the Cultural Revolution, Xi Zhongxun, Xi Jinping’s father, was purged by student militants following Mao’s call to “bombard the headquarters”.  Xi Zhongxun was a senior Communist Party official and was forced to flee to the countrysid...

The Historical Roots of the Social Credit System

During the Cultural Revolution, Xi Zhongxun, Xi Jinping’s father, was purged by student militants following Mao’s call to “bombard the headquarters”.  Xi Zhongxun was a senior Communist Party official and was forced to flee to the countrysid...

Zimbabwe’s New Weapon

This past January, Zimbabwe experienced another bout of political instability as rising fuel prices drove citizens to the streets to protest. Six months after the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the replacement after a military coup ousted ...

Zimbabwe’s New Weapon

This past January, Zimbabwe experienced another bout of political instability as rising fuel prices drove citizens to the streets to protest. Six months after the election of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the replacement after a military coup ousted ...

Big Data Takes a Byte

Over half a century ago, American mathematician and philosopher Norbert Weiner stated that “information is information, not matter or energy,” effectively dubbing data the third constituent of the universe. The trend is evident: Information, now ...

Big Data Takes a Byte

Over half a century ago, American mathematician and philosopher Norbert Weiner stated that “information is information, not matter or energy,” effectively dubbing data the third constituent of the universe. The trend is evident: Information, now ...