Access to abortion pills and Europe’s ethical AI


If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the 1973 legal decision that enshrined abortion as a constitutional right, parts of the country will be poised to plunge into a reproductive rights dark age in which doctors are prohibited from performing abortions. in some states even in cases of rape, incest or a fetus with genetic abnormalities.

But there’s still one big loophole: Most of these pending state laws exempt the person requesting the abortion from penalties. The likely result is an increase in the number of people who terminate pregnancies at home using so-called abortion pills.

MIT Technology Review spoke with medical professionals and reproductive rights attorneys to find out how the abortion pills work, where to get them, and the risks of using them without a doctor’s care. Read the full story.

—Antonio Regalado

The must reads

I’ve scoured the internet to find the funniest/important/scary/fascinating stories about technology today.

1 The EU wants to make AI more ethical
But experts and major players disagree on how to achieve this — and even what it means. †new statesman
+ A quick guide to the most important AI law you’ve never heard of. (MIT Technology Review)
+ Google’s LaMDA AI is not conscious. †The Atlantic Ocean
+ But unsurprisingly, humans are increasingly fooled by humanoid AI. †the guard
+ This AI tries to mimic the spirit of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. †WP

2 The Crypto Crash Gets Worse
After a series of hacks NFT project targeted Discords. †Motherboard
+ More asset exchanges also shed workers. †FT

3 Internet Explorer Is Officially Dead
After 27 years of service, the browser is no more. †the guard
+ Microsoft is under pressure to fix vulnerabilities in software more quickly. †Ars Technica

4 Brain has a built-in power-saving mode
Which is especially important to understand how diets affect people’s perception of the world. †Quanta
+ The mysteries of the human brain. (MIT Technology Review)

5 A Woman’s Search For Her Father Led To… An Insemination Doctor
Join a long list of fertility fraud victims. †The edge

6 Sheryl Sandberg’s Legacy Lumps Up On Facebook
But her particular brand of corporate feminism hasn’t aged well. †Slate
Experts are divided on whether Meta’s plan to stop teens from doomscrolling will work. †protocol

7 Fact-checkers expose lies about the crisis in Sri Lanka
Their protest tracking efforts create a comprehensive historical database. †Rest of the world

8 Virtual Reality Helps Children With Autism Focus
By removing the distracting sensory stimuli from the real world. †NYT
+ Robots that teach autistic children social skills can help them develop. (MIT Technology Review)

9 Minority Report Tried To Warn Us
20 years later maybe we should have listened. †The Atlantic Ocean

10 A Love Note For Voice Notes
Love them or hate them, they bridge the gap between calling and texting. †FT

Quote of the day

“Clearly, expensive digital images of monkeys will greatly improve the world.”

-Bill Gates sarcastically explains why he’s not a fan of NFTs at a TechCrunch conference, reports CNBC