How do you tell reality from a deepfake?

The more you see them, the better you get at spotting the signs.

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  • The number of deepfake videos online has been increasing at an estimated annual rate of about 900%.
  • Technology advances have made it increasingly easy to produce them, which has raised questions about how best to prevent malicious misuse.
  • It's been suggested that the best way to inoculate people against the danger of deepfakes is through exposure and raising awareness.
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    How your brain bonds with fictional characters

    Scans show similar activity to what occurs when you think about yourself.

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  • Researchers explored the brain activity that accompanies our often-close association with fictional characters.
  • The same brain region that's active when we think about ourselves seems to be involved.
  • When we like a fictional character, the research suggests, we see ourselves in them.
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    New research shows that bullies are often friends

    Remedies must honor the complex social dynamics of adolescence.

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    • Bullies are likely to be friends according to new research published in the American Journal of Sociology.
    • The researchers write that complex social dynamics among adolescents allow the conditions for intragroup dominance.
    • The team uses the concept of "frenemies" to describe the relationship between many bullies and victims.
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    A philosophical approach to routines can illuminate who we really are

    What can 'behaviorism' teach us about ourselves?

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    There are hundreds of things we do – repeatedly, routinely – every day. We wake up, check our phones, eat our meals, brush our teeth, do our jobs, satisfy our addictions.
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    Study: Language (not geography) major force behind India’s gene flow

    The study found that people who spoke the same language tended to be more closely related despite living far apart.

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    • Studies focusing on European genetics have found a strong correlation between geography and genetic variation.
    • Looking toward India, a new study found a stronger correlation between gene variation and language as well as
    • social structure.
    • Understanding social and cultural influences can help expand our knowledge of gene flow through human history.
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