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Deepfakes make it harder for us to communicate truths to one another and reach consensus on what is real. Screenshot

People who spread deepfakes think their lies reveal a deeper truth

We know that social media platforms have an incentive to promote whatever gets the most attention, regardless of its authenticity. We're more reluctant to admit that the same is true of people.
Wikipedia depends on the collaborative effort of volunteer writers to add information, bypassing trusted authorities. Shutterstock

What Wikipedia can teach us about blockchain technology

The technology behind blockchain remains a mystery to many, but the it shares many common features with the popular online encyclopedia with which most web users are very familiar.
It takes more than protest: demonstrators at a 2012 climate change conference in Doha, Qatar. Omar Chatriwala/flickr

Playing ‘serious games,’ adults learn to solve thorny real-world problems

How can diverse societies agree on strategies for tackling complex problems? Lawrence Susskind and Ella Kim of MIT explain how role-playing games can help people learn to collaborate.
Two of millions of cane toads found across northern Australia. Mark Lewis, Radio Pictures, Mullumbimby

Everyone agreed: cane toads would be a winner for Australia

When cane toads were released in Australia in 1935, they were the latest innovation in pest control, backed by a level of consensus support that a scientist could only dream of. So what went wrong? Research…

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