In the not too distant future, we might be able to get real-time, automated fact checks during political events. Squash, Duke University’s automated fact-checking platform, is certainly a step in the right direction; it’s able to listen to politicians’ claims, check their accuracy, and show its findings to viewers in seconds. However, it’s not without its faults. Its voice-to-text translations can be quite questionable; it once got the phrase “armpit sweat” from a statement about an Iowan storm.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here