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How fake science websites hijack our trust in experts to misinform and confuse

How fake science websites hijack our trust in experts to misinform and confuse

The scientific method is rigorous. Claims and premises are supported with evidence. The peer review system is designed to ensure that research is scrutinised by experts before publication. And whenever researchers lack certainty, they’ll emphasise that “further research is necessary” to land on the truth. Unfortunately, fake science websites are learning to appear equally rigorous in order […] … learn more→

Scientists are diligent in Tweeting , is it always accurate? We need to pay attention to 12 indicators of the quality of science communication to the public

Scientists are diligent in Tweeting , is it always accurate? We need to pay attention to 12 indicators of the quality of science communication to the public

The COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning of 2020 has increasingly made scientists have an important role in science communication to explain scientific problems accurately. Their role is getting bigger in dealing with global health issues. However, science communication by scientists often triggers public controversy. In fact, not a few leave information that is not correct ( misleading ) for […] … learn more→

Do we need an agency to oversee artificial intelligence?

Do we need an agency to oversee artificial intelligence?

We often come across advertisements for products labeled “with artificial intelligence”. But very rarely, if ever, is the user informed of more details. Who guarantees us that, effectively, this product works based on artificial intelligence (AI)? Who certifies that the answers it offers us are the correct ones? What code of ethics does it obey? Without knowing anything about it, when for […] … learn more→

Days on Earth have mysteriously gotten longer, and scientists don't (yet) know why

Days on Earth have mysteriously gotten longer, and scientists don’t (yet) know why

Atomic clocks combined with precise astronomical measurements have recently revealed that the length of a day on Earth is suddenly getting longer . This phenomenon has critical implications not only for our measurement of time, but also for things like GPS and other technologies that govern our modern lives. In recent decades, the rotation of […] … learn more→

Why you should immerse yourself into technology

Why you should immerse yourself into technology

Society is constantly changing, which means there’s always going to be new ways to do things. The innovations of technology have made things that were once considered impossible possible. In fact, not only has technology made life easier in general, it’s also one of the most bustling careers to date. There’s always going to be […] … learn more→

Push for AI innovation can create dangerous products

Push for AI innovation can create dangerous products

This past June, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced a probe into Tesla’s autopilot software. Data gathered from 16 crashes raised concerns over the possibility that Tesla’s AI may be programmed to quit when a crash is imminent. This way, the car’s driver, not the manufacturer, would be legally liable at the moment of […] … learn more→

How “low tech” is making a name for itself in France

How “low tech” is making a name for itself in France

Ceramic pots for filtering water, techniques for solar cooking, wind turbines, breeding edible crickets: these are some of the low tech (or “low” technologies) documented by the Nomad of the Seas . A veritable “laboratory boat”, the Nomade des Mers has experimented and documented around fifty low tech boats around the world. After six years of travel and 25 […] … learn more→

Has Google developed conscious AI?

Has Google developed conscious AI?

Blake Lemoine could have been the hero of a science fiction film. Employed at Google, his mission was to ensure that LaMDA , a robot created to converse with humans (or chat bot), did not present biased comments to users and avoid sexist or racist comments, for example. But, over the course of his exchanges with artificial intelligence, the engineer […] … learn more→

When will I be able to upload my brain to a computer?

When will I be able to upload my brain to a computer?

READER QUESTION: I am 59 years old, and in reasonably good health. Is it possible that I will live long enough to put my brain into a computer? John Wilson We often imagine that human consciousness is as simple as input and output of electrical signals within a network of processing units – therefore comparable to […] … learn more→

Less criticizing and more appreciating: keys to improve the professional environment

Less criticizing and more appreciating: keys to improve the professional environment

Winston Churchill said that criticism will not be pleasant, but it is necessary. However, it seems that current neuroscience points to the importance of developing another look. Neuroscience has found a negative effect of criticism on people, starting with self-criticism. We are continually judging ourselves and criticizing the people and systems of which we are a part. This […] … learn more→