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The lines. They’re everywhere. In San Francisco, lines for trendy—and now, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, takeout-only—restaurants wend about the block. New Yorkers waiting for grab-and-go drinks—legalized especially for the pandemic—are socializing on line. (The locals will tell you: People wait “on line” in New York, not “in” one.) Across the nation, families line up …

Air-taxi startup Beta Technologies debuted its new aircraft Friday with a dramatic helicopter airlift of the sleek white model across Lake Champlain from Burlington, Vermont, to Plattsburgh, New York. Code-named Alia, the electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) airplane is the successor to Ava, a smaller prototype the company used to experiment with propulsion strategies and learn about …

We’re lucky that deepfake videos aren’t a big problem yet. The best deepfake detector to emerge from a major Facebook-led effort to combat the altered videos would only catch about two-thirds of them. In September, as speculation about the danger of deepfakes grew, Facebook challenged artificial intelligence wizards to develop techniques for detecting deepfake videos. …

To some in the tech industry, facial recognition increasingly looks like toxic technology. To law enforcement, it’s an almost irresistible crime-fighting tool. IBM is the latest company to declare facial recognition too troubling. CEO Arvind Krishna told members of Congress on Monday that IBM would no longer offer the technology, citing the potential for racial …

Speaking on a landline, the patient complained of an itchy eye. On the call’s other end, physician Carla Harwell considered the possibilities, from seasonal allergies to vision-damaging herpes. Luckily, the elderly patient’s daughter was visiting during the phone consultation, so Harwell asked her to text a picture of her mom’s eye. The photo shocked Harwell. …

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian said Friday he’s resigning from the company’s board of directors and wants a black candidate to take his seat on what has been an all-white, four-person board. CEO Steve Huffman promised to honor the request and said in a post on Reddit that the company will update its content moderation policies …

Tuesday evening seemed quieter across the US, more than a week after a black Minneapolis man named George Floyd died at the hands of a police officer. Police departments credited emergency curfews, which have been imposed in at least 11 cities since Saturday to quell sporadic violence and looting. Tuesday saw “big improvements from previous …

The collective outrage over the murder of George Floyd has led to nationwide protests, renewed calls for police reform, and uncharacteristically swift support for racial equity from Silicon Valley leaders. The backlash has been swift as well. Critics are calling out many companies now pledging support for Black Lives Matter, accusing them of failing to …

Late last year, David Haynes, a security engineer at internet infrastructure company Cloudflare, found himself gazing at a strange image. “It was pure gibberish,” he says. “A whole bunch of gray and black pixels, made by a machine.” He declined to share the image, saying it would be a security risk. Haynes’ caution was understandable. …

At the same time, Gregory says that activists around the world have argued for something like Twitter’s compromise position. “If you take down either false or harmful content, there’s no way of fighting back against it and counter-intervening—it’s sort of invisible,” he says. Twitter is attempting to strike a delicate balance between two conflicting values. …