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History Says Tariffs Rarely Work, but Biden’s 100% Tariffs on Chinese EVs Could Defy the Trend

<img class=”size-full” src=”https://images.theconversation.com/files/594644/original/file-20240516-25-zxcumw.jpg” width=”1920″ height=”1169″> Hundreds of BYD vehicles wait at a port in Suzhou, China, to ship out. AFP via Getty Images In June 2019, then-presidential candidate <a href=”https://x.com/JoeBiden/status/1138506137697959939″>Joe Biden tweeted</a>: “Trump doesn’t get the basics. He thinks his tariffs are being paid by China. Any freshman econ student could tell you that the...

Facebook Marketplace Is Home to Steals and Deals—and Serious Trust Issues
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Facebook Marketplace Is Home to Steals and Deals—and Serious Trust Issues

Love it or hate it, Facebook Marketplace is the largest online resale site today with more than one billion monthly users. A new study conducted by UBC researchers sheds light on the intricate web of trust, privacy and safety factors shaping users’ experiences on this popular platform. Researchers interviewed 42 Facebook Marketplace buyers and sellers...

Model Disgorgement: the Key to Fixing AI Bias and Copyright Infringement?
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Model Disgorgement: the Key to Fixing AI Bias and Copyright Infringement?

–  Ian Scheffler By now, the challenges posed by generative AI are no secret. Models like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Anthropic’s Claude and Meta’s Llama have been known to “hallucinate,” inventing potentially misleading responses, as well as divulge sensitive information, like copyrighted materials. One potential solution to some of these issues is “model disgorgement,” a set of techniques that force models to...

Pagan-Christian Trade Networks Supplied Horses from Overseas for the Last Horse Sacrifices in Europe
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Pagan-Christian Trade Networks Supplied Horses from Overseas for the Last Horse Sacrifices in Europe

Horses crossed the Baltic Sea in ships during the Late Viking Age and were sacrificed for funeral rituals, according to research from Cardiff University. Published in the journal Science Advances, studies on the remains of horses found at ancient burial sites in Russia and Lithuania show that they were brought overseas from Scandinavia utilising expansive trade...

Clean Needles Save Lives. In Some States, They Might Not Be Legal.
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Clean Needles Save Lives. In Some States, They Might Not Be Legal.

Kim Botteicher hardly thinks of herself as a criminal. On the main floor of a former Catholic church in Bolivar, Pennsylvania, Botteicher runs a flower shop and cafe. In the former church’s basement, she also operates a nonprofit organization focused on helping people caught up in the drug epidemic get back on their feet. The...

Information Warfare and Its Casualties
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Information Warfare and Its Casualties

A review of Peter Pomertantsev, “How to Win an Information War: The Propagandist Who Outwitted Hitler” (PublicAffairs, 2024) “And who, in this moment, is the real Sefton Delmer?” asks Peter Pomerantsev about the subject of his new book, “How to Win an Information War.” “Which is his real voice, the one that expresses his ‘true’...

What America’s First Board Game Can Teach Us About the Aspirations of a Young Nation
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What America’s First Board Game Can Teach Us About the Aspirations of a Young Nation

In 2023 alone, the board game industry topped US$16.8 billion and is projected to reach $40.1 billion by 2032. Classics like “Scrabble” are being refreshed and transformed, while newer inventions such as “Pandemic” and “Wingspan” have garnered millions of devotees. This growing cardboard empire was on my mind when I visited the American Antiquarian Society...

Biogeographical Evidence Shows Trickster Animal Folklore Limited by Environmental Factors
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Biogeographical Evidence Shows Trickster Animal Folklore Limited by Environmental Factors

Humans have the capacity to imagine civilizations and creatures that have never existed, and our language reflects that ability. It would therefore be understandable if the stories we tell ourselves stretched beyond the bounds of local ecology. However, research has shown that many cultural artifacts and ideas are strongly affected by environmental factors. Researchers in...

Ameliorating Afghanistan’s Economic Weakness
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Ameliorating Afghanistan’s Economic Weakness

Nearly three years into Taliban rule, the Afghan economy remains weak. What can the U.S. and other donors do about it? Editor’s note: The following article is based on remarks given by the author at the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce’s private-sector conference in Istanbul on March 4, 2024. Nearly three years into Taliban rule of...