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Global Airline Industry Body IATA Will Release COVID Travel Pass for iOS in April

It has been a year since the pandemic struck us. Pandemic forced the world to adapt to conditions like lockdown and travel restrictions. This meant video conferencing tools like Zoom became the norm. Even Apple and Google collaborated for contact tracing technology. Now global airline industry body IATA says it is launching a digital travel […]

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In pursuit of pragmatic solutions to pervasive problems

The Alibaba Damo Academy is a unique hybrid research and development (R&D) facility. An academically-oriented independent science organization established in 2017 in Hangzhou, China, it is also an arms-length research affiliate of its founder, Chinese internet technology giant Alibaba. Damo’s project development pipelines are positioned around developing data-enabled technologies for fundamental business and social challenges, […]

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Geoengineering researchers have halted plans for a balloon launch in Sweden

In an unexpected move, the advisory committee for a Harvard University geoengineering research project is recommending that the team suspend plans for its first balloon flight in Sweden this summer. The purpose of that initial flight was to evaluate the propelled balloon’s equipment and software in the stratosphere. In subsequent launches, the researchers hope to […]

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Deepfake “Amazon workers” are sowing confusion on Twitter. That’s not the problem.

The news: Ahead of a landmark vote that could lead to the formation of the first-ever labor union at a US-based Amazon warehouse, new Twitter accounts purporting to be Amazon employees started appearing. The profiles used deepfake photos as profile pictures and were tweeting some pretty laughable, over-the-top defenses of Amazon’s working practices. They didn’t […]