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Older adults are increasingly using technologies in their everyday lives, but the needs of this population are often ignored in AI design. (Shutterstock)

Artificial intelligence can discriminate on the basis of race and gender, and also age

Algorithms have been shown to discriminate on the basis of race and gender. Studying age-related discrimination is essential to develop more equitable AI systems and technologies.
In ‘Don’t Look Up,’ scientists played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence watch with horror as people willfully ignore warnings of an impending disaster. Entertainment Pictures/Alamy Stock Photo

‘Don’t Look Up’: Hollywood’s primer on climate denial illustrates 5 myths that fuel rejection of science

Just because something isn’t 100% certain doesn’t mean you ignore it, and other lessons from two researchers who study the problem of science denial.
Engineering classes at the University of San Diego have started integrating discussions of the social impact of technology like drones. Gordon Hoople

Future engineers need to understand their work’s human impact – here’s how my classes prepare students to tackle problems like climate change

Solving mathematical equations is only part of the job. Students should be spending more time thinking about the human dimensions of the problems they are trying to solve.
Headphone designers have to balance scientific limitations with human preferences. Vladimir Godnik via Getty Images

Great headphones blend physics, anatomy and psychology – but what you like to listen to is also important for choosing the right pair

There is a lot to consider when buying a new pair of headphones. A professional musician and acoustics researcher explains how the science of sound and quirks of human hearing make for a great listening experience.
Hiring managers often prefer nondegree credentials from top universities over credit-bearing certificates from for-profit institutions. Drazen_/E+ Collection via Getty Images

Want to take an online course? Here are 4 tips to make sure you get the most out of it for your career

Enrollment in online courses surged during the pandemic. An expert on online learning behaviors shares what to do before, during and after taking a course in order to reap the most benefits.
Older adults can experience negative health effects due to social isolation. (Shutterstock)

Online arts programming improves quality of life for isolated seniors

Social isolation in older adults can contribute to negative health outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, but an arts-based program can alleviate some of the loneliness.

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