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The role of artificial intelligence in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals


The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) is shaping an increasing range of sectors. For instance, AI is expected to affect global productivity1, equality and inclusion2, environmental outcomes3, and several other areas, both in the short and long term4. Reported potential impacts of AI indicate both positive5 and negative6 impacts on sustainable development. However, to date, there is no published study systematically assessing the extent to which AI might impact all aspects of sustainable development--defined in this study as the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets internationally agreed in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development7. This is a critical research gap, as we find that AI may influence the ability to meet all SDGs.

Averbury stone circle is concealing hidden strucutre

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A'striking and apparently unique' square monument built nearly 3,000 years ago has been found hidden underneath Avebury, the Neolthic stone circle just miles from Stonehenge. The series of elaborate stones, thought to have been hidden and buried hundreds of years ago, were unearthed by scientists using radar technology. Archaeologists said the newly unearthed stones were arranged in a square shape surrounding a Neolithic house, which predates the rest of the site by at least 500 years. They added that the uncovered ancient home, which was built sometime in the 3rd millennium BC, may have been the first building in a vast Neolithic settlement in south west England. A mysterious square-shaped monument made from a series of standing stones was unearthed beneath Avebury.

Instagram's 'Close Friends' feature lets you keep Stories private


Instagram is introducing a bit more privacy to its social network with a new feature called Close Friends. It lets you share Stories that might be of a more private nature with just a select group of besties, while shutting out the rest of your followers. "With Close Friends, you'll have the flexibility to share your personal moments with exactly who you want -- whether that's inside jokes with your team or showing off your new relationship to your inner circle," the company said. To use the new feature, you first have to designate who you want in your Close Friends list. You have complete control over that list, since no one can request to be added.

It's the golden age of female fashion photographers

Los Angeles Times

It would be a mistake to label these photographers by their gender. Despite their shared chromosome, their aesthetic wonderfully varies. Like so many other fields, it's taken women longer to claim their stake in the fashion photography industry. But the equalizer effect of social media and third-wave feminism are causing women not only to be accepted in the field -- they're also leading it. If it weren't for early pioneers like Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Lee Miller and later, Nan Goldin and Cindy Sherman there wouldn't be much of a conversation.

Peskov: alleged author of Trump dossier unknown to Kremlin

U.S. News

The documents that surfaced this week cite unidentified sources as claiming that Russia has evidence of Trump engaged in sexual activities, that members of his inner circle met secretly with Russian officials and that Russia conducted hacking and disinformation campaigns to affect the US elections.