A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

For Armin Raznahan, publishing research on sex differences is a fraught proposition. Now chief of the section on developmental neurogenomics at the National Institutes of Health, Raznahan learned early that searching for dissimilarities between men’s and women’s brains can have unintended effects. “I got my fingers burned when I first started,” Raznahan says. As a…

The Centuries-Long History of Racism in Surveillance Tech

The Centuries-Long History of Racism in Surveillance Tech

When Simone Browne wrote her book Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness in 2015, her goal was to position the invention of contemporary surveillance technologies “as not being outside of that of the social and historical formation of slavery.” Browne’s book helped inform our next episode of the Get WIRED podcast: Senior writer Sidney…

Facebook’s ‘Red Team’ Hacks Its Own AI Programs

Facebook’s ‘Red Team’ Hacks Its Own AI Programs

Instagram encourages its billion or so users to add filters to their photos to make them more shareable. In February 2019, some Instagram users began editing their photos with a different audience in mind: Facebook’s automated porn filters.Facebook depends heavily on moderation powered by artificial intelligence, and it says the tech is particularly good at…