Who's listening? Inside the voice-profiling revolution

Do you sound friendly? Hostile? And which voice would be more likely to buy something?

You decide to call a store that sells some hiking boots you're thinking of buying. As you dial in, the computer of an artificial intelligence company hired by the store is activated.
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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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    Why we have breakup sex, according to psychology

    Is breakup sex ever a good idea?

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    • A July 2020 study aimed to better understand post-breakup behavior, specifically why we have breakup sex.
    • This research established there are three main reasons people engage in breakup sex: relationship maintenance, ambivalence, and hedonism.
    • Experts weigh in on whether or not breakup sex can be beneficial.
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    Science says you should pet your dog before leaving

    A study explores how your dog does when you're not home.

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    • Just exactly how much are dogs upset when we leave?
    • A new study finds that dogs spend time looking for us after we're gone.
    • The experiment also found that dogs are more relaxed when we give them an affectionate, gentle petting before leaving.
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    Study: Militarization of police does not reduce crime

    A new look at existing data by LSU researchers refutes the Trump administration's claims.

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    • The United States Department of Defense gifts surplus military equipment and clothing to local police departments.
    • The militarization of police coincides with a significant loss of trust in law enforcement from the American public.
    • Militarized police departments are more likely to interact violently with their communities.
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