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‘Rules as Code’ will let computers apply laws and regulations. But over-rigid interpretations would undermine our freedoms

Interpreting legal rules is a very human process. How do we enable computers to read and apply them?
The growing use of artificial intelligence in health care should be driven by careful consideration of what is important to members of the public. (Shutterstock)

What the public hopes and fears about the use of AI in health care

The use of artificial intelligence in health care is on the rise, and the concerns of the public need to be considered in developing policy that regulates its application.
Computer algorithms can involve complicated math, but the concept of an algorithm is simple. Hill Street Studios/DigitalVision via Getty Images

What is an algorithm? How computers know what to do with data

A close look at how you decide what clothes to put on in the morning can help you understand how computers work.
AI-powered detectors are the best tools for spotting AI-generated fake videos. The Washington Post via Getty Images

In a battle of AI versus AI, researchers are preparing for the coming wave of deepfake propaganda

Fake videos generated with sophisticated AI tools are a looming threat. Researchers are racing to build tools that can detect them, tools that are crucial for journalists to counter disinformation.
Joe Biden faces a disinformation campaign promulgating the false notion that he is in cognitive decline. Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Faked videos shore up false beliefs about Biden’s mental health

It's easy to edit video of public figures to make them appear asleep, confused, drunk or cognitively impaired when they are not. The technique is being used to undermine Joe Biden's campaign.

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