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Sam Weiss Evans
Science & Technology Studies, security, and that fuzzy line between technologies that harm and those that help. Tufts STS. Visiting
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Maya Brehm 3h
"menstrual surveillance" for "vaginal digitalization"... revealing of how building "trust" in AI is really more about desensitization through structural coercion
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Sam Weiss Evans 12h
This is an excellent analysis of the 230 comments ⁦⁩ received in response to its thoughts about extending export controls to emerging technology. Well done ⁦
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Sam Weiss Evans 15h
This is a blatant diversionary tactic from Apple. It’s playing into people’s belief that a photo somehow has more identifying power than a three-dimensional computer-readable representation.
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Sam Weiss Evans 16h
Just discovered a glorious way to block all advertising on my iOS devices: Settings -> Screen Time -> Content and Privacy Restrictions -> Advertising -> Don’t Allow. And done. Bliss.
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Sam Weiss Evans 19h
This is a kind of a “whiplash” story: They say that Oxitec’s gene editing is safer than a gene drive because it’s...a newer technology?
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Sam Weiss Evans 20h
Great Thread by : "Today a customer mentioned that she could get a new hardcover book online for $15... we do feel a responsibility to educate about what it means when a new hardcover is available for $15 online”
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Sam Weiss Evans 22h
This is the best IPO story I’ve read in a long time.
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Maryn McKenna Apr 17
Hey, non-scientist readers (I know there's lots of you): If you've ever wondered what's the deal with "statistical significance" and "P values," has the plain-language explanation you need.
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Sam Weiss Evans Apr 17
This sounds like a good take on the recent Algorithmic Accountability Act. Interesting discussion by on "migratory technologies" instead of the usual "dual-use" hubbub!
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Sam Weiss Evans Apr 17
I missed this news earlier this month...This was maybe one of the longest-serving scientific advisory groups in history (est. 1946)? "Navy Torpedoes Scientific Advisory Group"
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Sam Weiss Evans Apr 17
Oh wow, the email formatting is going from bad to worse...
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Sam Weiss Evans Apr 17
An excellent (& well-paid!) 3-year postdoc opportunity at : Research Associate in Global Justice and Global Catastrophic Risk Deadline 26 May
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Sam Weiss Evans Apr 16
Dr. Justin Sanchez, former director for DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, joins Battelle
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Kelsey Piper Apr 9
Matthew Meselson was a biologist at Harvard consulting with the government when he learned they were doing research on biological weapons because they'd be "cheaper than nukes".
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Patrick Tucker Apr 10
Some muddy water here. Have just contacted OSD on this. Response: "The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering has not terminated its contract with the MITRE Corporation for JASON studies." -- Heather Babb, DOD spokeswoman. Will update.
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Centre for the Study of Existential Risk Apr 10
Research Associate in Global Justice and Global Catastrophic Risk: 4 years of funding to work on some of the most important topics, produce ground-breaking and fascinating research, be part of a supportive and collaborative team, & achieve real impact
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Sam Weiss Evans Apr 10
I do an hour of work on holiday and discover... that the Pentagon is cancelling its JASON contact??!
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Sam Weiss Evans Apr 9
New Senate bill req unis to get a deemed export permit for foreign nationals conducting research subject to the Export Admin. Regs. I don’t see how this this necessary. 1) NSDD-189 excludes most of this research, and 2) all else already requires a license.
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Sam Weiss Evans Apr 8
🗣Out now: “Developing a Comprehensive, Adaptive, and International Biosafety and Biosecurity Program for Advanced Biotechnology: The iGEM Experience” by me and more!
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Sam Weiss Evans Apr 7
Replying to @STS_News
So I’m trying to figure out if there is an STS that isn’t critical, or an STS that is...seems like using the “critical” title implies STS isn’t critical by nature, which I think it is, but, as a good STS person, I know nature and practice to two very different things...
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