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An unmarked grave with a headstone that resembles a computer screen, nicknamed ‘iGrave’, is seen in north-west London. Leon Neal/AFP

‘Deadbots’ can speak for you after your death. Is that ethical?

The recent case of a man making a simulation of his deceased fiancée raises important questions: while AI makes it possible to create “deadbots”, is it ethically desirable or reprehensible to do so?
Scientists hunt for meteorites on the Nansen blue ice area in East Antartica, close to the Belgian Antarctic research station Princess Elisabeth. BELARE 2019-2020 meteorite recovery expedition on the Nansen Ice Field

Mapping out meteorites in Antarctica: scientists’ bid to uncover our solar system’s deep past

Scientists have crafted the world’s first “treasure map” to reveal Antarctica’s meteorites. These chunks of stone-like material could throw light on the mysteries of our early solar system.
Psychedelics have been the subject of a recent surge of interest in their potential therapeutic effects. metamorworks/iStock via Getty Images

AI maps psychedelic ‘trip’ experiences to regions of the brain – opening new route to psychiatric treatments

Pinpointing the molecular targets behind the subjective effects of psychedelic drugs could help clinicians and researchers better treat psychiatric conditions.
Commercial satellite companies provide views once reserved for governments, like this image of a Russian military training facility in Crimea. Satellite image (c) 2021 Maxar Technologies via Getty Images

Technology is revolutionizing how intelligence is gathered and analyzed – and opening a window onto Russian military activity around Ukraine

National security professionals and armchair sleuths alike are taking advantage of vast amounts of publicly available information and software tools to monitor geopolitical events around the world.
The increasing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in public decision making is raising critical issues around fairness and human rights. Getty Images

Artificial intelligence carries a huge upside. But potential harms need to be managed

The increasing use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in public decision making is raising critical issues around fairness and human rights.
“Alfie”, a moral choice machine, is pictured in front of an important question during a press conference in Germany. Arne Dedert/picture alliance via Getty Images

Defining what’s ethical in artificial intelligence needs input from Africans

Inclusivity and diversity also need to be at the level of identifying values and defining frameworks of what counts as ethical AI in the first place.
Art historians have long used traditional X-rays, X-ray fluorescence or infrared imaging to better understand artists’ techniques. Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wikimedia Commons

How AI is hijacking art history

Breathless headlines of artificial intelligence discovering or restoring lost works of art ignore the fact that these machines rarely, if ever, reveal one secret or solve a single mystery.

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