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What can you really learn from Facebook data? (The Conversation)
by Matthew Hindman
How did Cambridge Analytica really use Facebook data to target voters? Kind of the way Netflix recommends movies for you, with similarly uneven results.
The incoming wave of gene-edited food (Wired)
by Megan Molteni
The magic of CRISPR gene-editing could bring us cacao beans that can withstand warming rainforest temperatures, and potatoes that are healthier for you. But how will you know if these products end up at your grocery store?
The organ we didn’t know we had (National Geographic)
by Sarah Gibbens
A fluid-filled mesh layer beneath our skin could turn out to be a previously undiscovered organ. And it might hold secrets as to how cancer spreads.
Citizenship, race, and the politics of the Census (The Washington Post)
by Shom Mazumder
For good or for ill, the Census has been part of American race and immigration politics for a long time. It played a role in the enforcement of voting rights during Reconstruction, and also assisted in rounding up Japanese-Americans during World War II.
The mind in the age of AI (The New Yorker)
by Larissa MacFarquhar
The mind’s development is inseparable from our experience moving through the world in a body. What does that mean at a time when we’re extending our minds with technology and trying to build new ones out of silicon?
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