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Anticipatory reads by GESDA

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown the sometimes complicated relationship between science and politics. However, the stakes around this year’s US Presidential elections are so high that venerable academic institutions such as the US National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences have, for the first time, publicly raised the alarm about the growing political interference in science. With the pandemic reaching a new intensity in many parts of the world and looking at the grand challenges laying ahead, a functioning, transparent and trust-based relationship between science, politics and society is essential for us to master those future turning points in our shared history.

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Artificial general intelligence: Are we close, and does it even make sense to try? A machine that could think like a person remains AI's most divisive idea.

MIT Technology Review (EN) (EN)

Tired of science being ignored? Get political. The idea that competent researchers are apolitical is false, and it costs lives.

Nature (EN)

Fresh off her Nobel prize win, Jennifer Doudna predicts what’s next for CRISPR. The Nobel laureate chats about what her gene-editing companies are up to.

Future Human (EN)

New technology accelerates crop improvement with CRISPR. How one team has devised a genome-changing solution.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (EN)

Capture carbon in concrete made with CO2. Researchers vying for a $7.5m Carbon XPrize will demonstrate their system in Wyoming

IEEE Spectrum (EN)

Satellites could soon map every tree on Earth after analysis of satellite images has pinpointed individual tree canopies over a large area of West Africa.

Nature (EN)

France and Netherlands join forces to back EU move against tech giants. A joint position paper says breaking up large companies is ‘on the table’.

Financial Times (EN)

Behavioural research in the service of humanitarian aid. ICRC's Fiona Terry is using behavioural science to strengthen the impact of the organization.

Le Temps (FR)

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