Should we act to prevent this from ever happening?
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Machines that can target and kill people without human intervention or accountability pose a moral threat to the world.
People get suspicious when ethically fraught science is discussed behind closed doors.
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A recent closed meeting about building synthetic genomes raised suspicions about just what scientists were planning, away from the public eye.
Neoliberal policies have given way to resentment toward immigrants in Germany and other European countries.
Why are populist candidates all the rage this year in the race for the White House? Recent research from Harvard and BU links it to the market economy and a similar trend in Europe.
There is very little evidence that commodity producing countries diversify their economies by adding value to their raw materials.
The downturn in the commodity boom will not automatically lead to diversification of Africa's economies. This can only be achieved through a focus on creating learning economies driven by innovation.
Trump or Cruz? Whom to choose?
A survey of 1,200 voters provides insight into which candidate is closest to the median American voter on the issues.
Most of us agree inequality is a problem, but solutions and causes differ greatly depending on our partisan blinders.
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Americans tend to agree inequality is a problem, but Democrats and Republicans have very different ideas about what is causing it and how to solve it.
An electoral officer in Benin.
A classical political science debate focuses on whether democracy is dependent on development. The director of the Electoral Integrity Project revisits the issue using new data from African elections.
Votes are counted during Minnesota’s Democratic caucus.
America is not a shining example for developing democracies. Many of the electoral issues arise long before a single vote is cast.
‘As president, I will repeal every word of Obamacare,’ Ted Cruz proclaimed during the Feburary 25 GOP debate.
The leading GOP candidates all claim one of their top priorities will be to repeal Obamacare. An architect of the original law outlines the thorny – but plausible – path to repeal.
The site of an al-Qaida attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in January 2016.
Western commentators tend to see ISIS and al-Qaida attacks as fueled by ideology. But in Africa, such attacks are more often turf wars in the illicit drug trade.
Limited centrifuge operations: Iran’s Natanz enrichment facility.
(File photo from 2008.)
How can the international community be sure Iran is living up to its end of the new nuclear deal?
Champagne being served in a bar on McCarthy Street in Lagos.
It's easy to dismiss Africa as a place that is, at best, a provider of commodities, land and labour. A closer look shows that the continent is innovative and offers a lot more opportunities.
Negotiations between members of the United Nations Command and North Korean counterparts in 2013.
U.S. forces in South Korea are on high alert after North Korea claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb last week. But China may be better positioned to curb North Korea's menacing behavior.
Laurent Fabius has brought the gavel down on a successful deal.
The Paris deal has laid the foundations for real global progress on climate change. On that score, it must be judged a huge success.
Delegates might have to work late at COP21, but we can be confident a deal will be delivered by the weekend.
Progress is being made at the Paris climate talks, as negotiators being to accept the limits of what can and can't be delivered.
Manifestation de militants écologistes devant la Maison-Blanche (Washington), en février 2013.
Si Washington s’oppose à un accord sur le climat qui serait, à l’image du Protocole de Kyoto, juridiquement contraignant, il insiste sur la nécessaire « transparence » des engagements nationaux.
I returned from a brief trip to Paris two days before the horrific events of November 13, which shocked and saddened civilised people everywhere. I was in Paris for discussions regarding climate change…
Students across campuses are protesting against racial injustice.
A former activist turned professor says previous student movements may have opened the door for people of color to have greater opportunity but fell short of changing the power structure.
Asian and African leaders march together, with China’s President Xi at the center.
China has been spreading its wealth around to increase its influence, but what can the recipients of its largesse learn from its actions in Africa?
Polio vaccinators carry boxes of polio vaccine drops as they head to the areas they have been appointed to administer the vaccine, in Karachi October 21 2014.
Researchers are piloting a smartphone app to collect better information about who is getting vaccinated and to design better incentives for health workers on vaccination drives.