Exclusive: Google cancels AI ethics board in response to outcry

Exclusive: Google cancels AI ethics board in response to outcry

The controversial panel lasted just a little over a week. This week, Vox and other outlets reported that Google’s newly created AI ethics board was falling apart amid controversy over several of the board members. Well, it’s officially done falling apart — it’s been canceled. Google told Vox on Thursday that it’s pulling the plug on the ethics board. The board survived for barely more than one week. Founded to guide “responsible development of AI”…

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The strange sight of a solar eclipse on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover saw two solar eclipses on Mars in March. On Earth, total solar eclipses are spectacular events. But they’re the result of a total coincidence: The moon in the moments it passes between Earth and the sun is just the right size to cover the sun completely from where we stand. It blots it out, revealing the sun’s atmosphere, the great glowing solar corona. There’s no scientific reason for this. We’re just lucky….

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What’s going on with Mar-a-Lago and Chinese spies, explained

What’s going on with Mar-a-Lago and Chinese spies, explained

Federal authorities are reportedly probing potential Chinese spying efforts at Trump’s Palm Beach resort. Concerns about security and the level of access to President Donald Trump at his private Florida club Mar-a-Lago have been swirling since he was elected, but scrutiny kicked into high gear after the US Secret Service arrested a Chinese woman, Yujing Zhang, who they say was carrying four cellphones and a malware-infected thumb drive at the resort over the weekend. According…

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Trump, of all people, tries to score political points on Biden’s treatment of women

Trump, of all people, tries to score political points on Biden’s treatment of women

The utter shamelessness of the Trump administration, in one tweet. Less than two months ago, Alva Johnson, a former Trump campaign staffer, came forward to accuse Donald Trump of kissing her without her consent in 2016. In so doing, Johnson became the 16th woman to accuse the president of groping, kissing, or assaulting her. At least seven additional women have accused Trump of sexual harassment. Beyond the slew of accusations, Trump was infamously recorded bragging…

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The border shutdown was a reality show threat, but the border slowdown is real

The border shutdown was a reality show threat, but the border slowdown is real

Add “residents of border communities” to the list of people whose lives Trump is using as leverage. President Trump, having successfully squeezed several news cycles out of a will-he-or-won’t-he reality show drama over his threats to “close the border” between the United States and Mexico, has apparently decided he prefers threatening to close the border over actually moving to do it. On Thursday, Trump announced that he wouldn’t close the border imminently, but said it…

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