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Industry Dominates Trump’s New Council of Science Advisers

President Trump revived the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology on Tuesday after nearly two years without it. “Under this administration, science and technology in America continues to advance by leaps and bounds,” said the president’s science adviser, Kelvin Droegemeier, who will chair the council, in a statement. Read more in    Authorship and Peer Review ...




US Lawmakers Concerned by Accuracy of Facial Recognition


US politicians expressed concerns about the accuracy and growing use of facial recognition software, at a hearing on Wednesday. The technology is being developed by firms including Amazon and Microsoft and increasingly used by law enforcement worldwide. Some facial recognition technologies misidentify women and people of colour. Civil liberties and privacy groups have raised concerns about how the data for these programs is being gathered. Read more in    Human and Animal Experimentation ...




Humanity is waging a 'suicidal' war on nature, UN chief warns


UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a searing indictment of humanity's "war" on the environment Wednesday, in a speech on the state of the planet in which he urged everyone to prioritize "making peace with nature. "We are facing a devastating pandemic, new heights of global heating, new lows of ecological degradation and new setbacks in our work towards global goals for more equitable, inclusive and sustainable development," Guterres said in the address, delivered at Columbia University in New York. Read more in    Professional Responsibility ...




Emotion-Detecting Tech Should Be Restricted by Law - AI Now


A leading research centre has called for new laws to restrict the use of emotion-detecting tech. The AI Now Institute says the field is "built on markedly shaky foundations". Despite this, systems are on sale to help vet job seekers, test criminal suspects for signs of deception, and set insurance prices. It wants such software to be banned from use in important decisions that affect people's lives and/or determine their access to opportunities. Read more in    General Interest ...