By John VillasenorDeepfakes are videos that have been constructed to make a person appear to say or do something that they never said or did. With artificial intelligence-based methods for creating deepfakes becoming increasingly sophisticated and accessible, deepfakes are raising a set of challenging policy, technology, and legal issues. Deepfakes can be used in ways…
By Mark Muro The 2016 presidential election revealed—as nothing before it—one of the most striking but least-anticipated aspects of the global digital revolution. In a single dramatic vote, the victory of Donald Trump highlighted the emergence of a stark and widening divide between two Americas: one based in large, digitally oriented metropolitan areas; the other…
Brookings survey finds 51 percent prefer digital access to government services over phone calls or personal visits to agency offices
By Darrell M. West Fifty-one percent of Americans prefer to access public services through digital technologies or mobile apps, according to a national survey undertaken by researchers at the Brookings Institution. Only 13 percent say they prefer accessing services through phone calls, 9 percent favor personally going to government offices, and 27 percent don’t know….
By Darrell M. West Artificial intelligence is advancing rapidly. It is powering autonomous vehicles and being applied in areas from health care and finance to retail sales and national defense. As noted in a 2018 Brookings Institution report, “AI is a technology that is transforming every walk of life. It is a wide-ranging tool that…
Mete out love and discipline. Set ambitious goals. Endure a teenager’s first dates. Fans say the game Chinese Parents is a surprisingly poignant exercise in role reversal.
A so-called neural network analyzed the medical records of 600,000 hospital patients in China, diagnosing their conditions as accurately as doctors did in some cases.
The paper, which has flourished under Mr. Bezos’ ownership, is now reporting on his dispute with another publisher, American Media Inc.
The order did not set aside additional funds for A.I. development, and officials provided few details about how it would track the progress of the administration’s new policies.
By Simon Zadek Digitalization is transforming financial and capital markets, of that there is no doubt. Less clear is how we can best harness this disruption to ensure financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The newly-established U.N. Secretary General’s Task Force on Digital Financing…
Last week, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus spacecraft departed the International Space Station, having delivered a batch of new experiments and cargo. Among them was the Refabricator, a new machine that will not only make objects on demand things for the astronauts, it will recycle them too. While 3-D printers are becoming commonplace, nowhere are their benefits more obvious than…
A neural network analyzed the medical records of 600,000 hospital patients in China, and diagnosed their conditions as accurately as doctors did in some cases.
From Tokyo to Zurich, readers told us how New York’s subway compares with the public transportation in their cities (spoiler alert: not well).
CB Insights, a firm that tracks start-ups, analyzed a variety of data to create a list of 50 private companies around the world that are on a path to a $1 billion valuation.
Uber and Airbnb were part of an early generation of tech start-ups that quickly reached $1 billion in value. The up-and-coming generation is looking very different.
OnlyFans has put X-rated entertainment in the hands of its entertainers. Call it the paywall of porn.
With new vegetarian and lab-produced burgers coming to stores, several states are looking to bar newcomers from using the word meat on their labels.
The threat of legal action by the Chinese tech giant is part of a broader effort to defend itself from charges that it poses a security risk.
“When people have something to say, they come to Medium, where they can say it at length,” a spokeswoman for the online platform said.
By William Drozdiak
(Inside Science) — There are enough nuclear weapons in the world to cause atomic Armageddon many times over, according to scientists, who estimate that no country could fire more than 100 nuclear warheads without wreaking such devastation that their own citizens back home would be killed. Most nuclear nations recognized by the Treaty on the…
Blackmail and extortion schemes have existed for centuries, from 17th-century Scottish farmers paying off plunderers to David Letterman revealing he was targeted to keep his affairs quiet.
In an online post, the chief executive of Amazon said the tabloid’s owner had used “extortion and blackmail” to try to stop his investigation into leaked photos and text messages.
By Fred Dews Automation and artificial intelligence are bringing change to the ways people live and work. In this week’s edition of Charts of the Week, a focus on recent research on automation and the future of work. Nearly half of jobs NEEDING LESS THAN A bachelor’s degrees face automation Mark Muro, Robert Maxim, and…
Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, will no longer allow images of cutting and will make nongraphic photos of self-harm, such as healed scars, more difficult to find.
The competition authority said the company could no longer combine data from different sources without explicit permission from users.
Global criticism of the tech industry hasn’t had an impact on the bottom line — at least not yet, writes Kate Conger.
By Mark Muro, Fred Dews How will automation change the way we live and work? Will robots take your job? These and related questions have been asked about labor and the economy for decades, and with more urgency as artificial intelligence continues to become more pervasive in our lives. In this episode, Mark Muro, a…
Britain’s chief medical officers declined to recommend specific age or time limits, but saw associations between social media use and mental health problems.
Net income was $255 million in the fourth quarter, the fifth straight with a profit. But the company reported a loss of users for the third consecutive quarter, to 321 million.
By Tom Wheeler On Feb. 7, 2019, Brookings Visiting Fellow Tom Wheeler testified before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. In his testimony, Wheeler, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), argued in support of net neutrality. The Trump FCC has eliminated the net neutrality rules that were previously in…
By Kevin C. Desouza, J. David Selby The information age has transformed society in the last three decades thanks to the rapid adoption of innovative technology. While the economy in aggregate has benefited from this technological and social change, its unintended consequences have made cities more fragile. Much like cracks making a windshield more fragile,…
The new emojis and variants, which emphasize inclusivity, are expected to come out later this year, the organization that sets standards for emoji compatibility announced.
The N.Y.P.D. said that Waze, by allowing people to share the locations of sobriety checkpoints, was impeding the police’s ability to keep streets safe.
From massive fortresses to sprawling suburbs, a bold new vision of the vanished Maya civilization takes shape.
In the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, Facebook, working with a local partner, has found a way to overcome China’s internet blocks to make ad dollars.
With its acquisition of two podcasting companies, the streaming service broadens its ambitions to include everything audio.
By Bhaskar Chakravorti
The delivery app’s practice of counting tips toward guaranteed minimum payments for its contract workers drew accusations of wage theft.