Recommended Reading: Fighting deepfakes

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The 2016 US presidential election was plagued by fake news and election meddling across the internet. With the rise of so-called deepfake technology, fact-checkers and arbiters of truth face a new challenge. And as The Washington Post reports, researchers aren't ready to separate the real from the fabricated in 2020.

The day the music burned
Jody Rosen,
The New York Times

Universal has disputed some of the details of this breathtaking report on a 2008 fire, but it didn't address portions that detailed lost master recordings. The UMG archive held masters from Buddy Holly, John Coltrane, Nine Inch Nails, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent, the Roots and a whole lot more.

How Amazon cloned a neighborhood to test Its delivery robots
Tom Simonite,

If you're going to train delivery robots to drop off packages in real neighborhoods, why not build faithful virtual copy of one to do so.