If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 legal decision that enshrined abortion as a constitutional right, some parts of the country will be willing to plunge into a dark age of reproductive rights in which doctors are prohibited from performing any abortion, in some states even all in cases of rape, incest, or fetuses with genetic abnormalities.
But there is still a big gap: most of these pending state laws exempt the person requesting abortion from any sanction. The likely result is an increase in the number of people who end their pregnancy at home using so-called abortion pills.
The MIT Technology Review spoke with medical professionals and reproductive rights advocates to find out how abortion pills work, where to get them, and what the risks are of using them without a doctor’s attention. Read the whole story.
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1 The EU wants AI to be more ethical
But experts and key players are at odds over how to achieve this, and even what it means. (New statesman $)
+ A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve ever heard of. (MIT Technology Review)
+ Google’s LaMDA AI is not sensitive. (The Atlantic $)
+ But it is not surprising that people are increasingly being deceived by human-like artificial intelligence. (The Guardian)
+ This AI tries to recreate the mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (WP $)
2 Cryptographic fall is even worse
After a series of hackers, the NFT project led Discords. (motherboard)
+ More asset exchanges are also losing workers. (FT $)
3 Internet Explorer is officially dead
After 27 long years of service, the browser no longer exists. (The Guardian)
+ Microsoft is under pressure to fix software vulnerabilities more quickly. (Technical Art)
4 brains have an integrated low power mode
Which is especially important in understanding how diet affects people’s perceptions of the world. (Regarding)
+ The mysteries of the human brain. (MIT Technology Review)
5 The search for a wife by his father led to … an insemination doctor
Joining a long list of victims of fertility fraud. (The edge)
6 Sheryl Sandberg’s legacy grows on Facebook
But her specific brand of corporate feminism has not aged well. (Slate $)
+ Experts are divided on whether Meta’s plan to stop teenage convict travel will work. (Protocol)
7 Factors are discrediting the lies surrounding the Sri Lankan crisis
Their efforts to track protests are creating a comprehensive historical database. (Rest of the world)
8 Virtual reality helps children with autism to concentrate
Eliminating distracting sensory stimuli from the real world. (NYT $)
+ Robots that teach social skills to autistic children could help them develop. (MIT Technology Review)
9 Minority Report tried to alert us
20 years later, maybe we should have listened. (The Atlantic $)
10 A love note to voice notes
Loving or hating them bridges the gap between calls and text messages. (FT $)
Appointment of the day
“Obviously, digital monkey faces will greatly enhance the world.”
“Bill Gates sarcastically explains why he’s not a fan of NFTs at a TechCrunch conference,” CNBC reports.