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Understanding COVID reinfections; artificial intelligence that has learned human biases

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This is the rundown for Radio Boston on May 19. Tiziana Dearing is our host.

    • Warm weather is upon us, which has historically meant a reprieve from infections driven by indoor settings — yet COVID is running rampant and we may not even know to what extent. Months ago, CDC director Rochelle Walensky said it's not a matter of if you get COVID, but when. Well, tack on "and how often" to that, thanks to new variants of the virus that can reinfect a person multiple times in a year. It's "Ask the Docs."

    • From the big things, like a mortgage approval, to small things, like personalized ads on YouTube, AI is permeating everything, along with the algorithms that run it. One problem with that: computers are programmed by humans. And humans have biases. Boston Globe technology columnist Hiawatha Bray joins us for our biweekly segment, Tech Talk.

    • Hear another sneak peek from the WBUR CitySpace series, "Phenomenal Women." The series features in-depth conversations with women who have broken through as leaders in fields historically dominated by men. This time, Dr. Pardis Sabeti, who heads her own lab mapping the genome to discover new cures for diseases, and Dr. Aoife Brennan, president and CEO of Synlogic Inc., a clinical stage company creating transformative medicines.

This program aired on May 19, 2022.


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