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Which face is real?

caption: Choosing correctly is harder than you'd think at first blush.
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Choosing correctly is harder than you'd think at first blush.

Telling the real from the fake. The tech that might endure after the grid fails. And a clash of worldviews threatens to rend a venerated writers’ association.

How to tell which face is real

Can you pick real people out from a crowd of fakes? Most people would say they could – and most of them would be wrong, say University of Washington professors Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West. The two research deepfakes and teach a class on discerning reality from fiction.

Esther Jang and Matthew Johnson, "Unplanned Obsolescence"

We’re obsessed with big showy apocalypses: nuclear aftermath, zombie takeovers. But what about something smaller? A moderately sized earthquake, or even just a grid failure? Some technology will survive better than others. UW researchers Esther Jang and Matthew Johnson are co-authors of the paper “Unplanned Obsolescence: Software and Hardware After Collapse.”

Romance Writers of America

Romance writing is often unfairly stereotyped as a land of formulaic plots and heaving bodices. But as publishing’s most popular genre, it’s also at the vanguard of struggles about whose lives and loves are valid, and what outdated perspectives might need to change. There’s been a rift about that in the Romance Writers of America; romance authors Olivia Waite, Jasmine Silvera, and Shree C. Aier sat down with Bill Radke to discuss it.

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