European computer scientists are calling for an intergovernmental artificial intelligence laboratory that could compete with leading world universities. ISTOCK.COM/IMAGINIMA Europe’s plan to catch up to the United States and China in an artificial intelligence (AI) arms race is coming into focus. The European Commission today announced that it would devote €1.5 billion […]

Racists take advantage of social media algorithms to find people with similar beliefs. from www.shutterstock.com Although racism online feels like an insurmountable problem, there are legal and civil actions we can take right now in Australia to address it. Racism expressed on social media sites provided by Facebook and the Alphabet stable(which includes […]

A Peruvian man in a traditional headdress mapping out land use. Credit: Ashwin Ravikumar For many in the Western world, the conventional notion of “development,” or the idea that societies progress through industrialization and agricultural intensification, goes unquestioned: it provides people with housing, education, jobs, food, and overall stability. Particularly […]

Joe Gratz/Flickr (CC0 1.0) Scholarly publishing giants Elsevier and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have filed a lawsuit in Germany against ResearchGate, a popular academic networking site, alleging copyright infringement on a mass scale. The move comes after a larger group of publishers became dissatisfied with ResearchGate’s response to a […]

Environmental activist group Greenpeace protests commercial mining in the Amazon on August 17, 2017, two days after Brazilian President Michel Temer initially signed a degree opening up the Renca reserve A huge nature reserve in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest that the government wants to open to foreign mining companies already suffers […]