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This Happened - April 7: Rwandan Genocide Begins

The Rwanda genocide started on this day in 1994, and lasted for approximately 100 days until mid-July 1994.

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What was the Rwandan genocide?

The Rwandan genocide was a mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu civilians in Rwanda that occurred over a period of 100 days. The genocide was caused by a combination of political, economic, and social factors, including ethnic tensions, economic inequalities, and political competition.

Who was responsible for the Rwandan genocide?

The Rwandan genocide was primarily carried out by extremist Hutu militia groups, with the support of the Rwandan government and military.

How many people were killed in the Rwandan genocide?

It is estimated that between 800,000 and 1 million people were killed in the Rwandan genocide, which amounted to about 20% of the country's population at the time.

What was the international response to the Rwandan genocide?

The international response to the Rwandan genocide was slow and ineffective, with many countries and organizations failing to intervene to stop the violence. The United Nations peacekeeping force in Rwanda was underfunded and understaffed, and the international community did not provide sufficient aid to the victims.

What was the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide?

The aftermath of the Rwandan genocide was marked by the prosecution of those responsible for the violence, efforts to reconcile the country's different ethnic groups, and the rebuilding of the country's infrastructure and economy. The genocide had a profound impact on Rwanda and the international community.

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Re;Memory — A New AI Program Makes Talking To The Dead Come Alive

There are many frontiers being crossed by AI lately, sparking debate and anxiety. But now, we're entering strange, new territory: an algorithm that lets bereaved family members communicate with deceased loved ones in the most realistic of ways. Yet it comes with very real and complicated risks.

A screenshot from the Re;memory promotional video, where a bereaved woman touches the screen that shows her dead relative talking to her

Screenshot from the Re;memory promotional video

Gianluca Nicoletti


TURIN — Generative artificial intelligence is said to be a threat to the jobs in a variety of creative professional fields. Are professional psychics next? Yes, communing with the dead, real or imagined, is an experience that the digital world may now be ready to outflank the human competition.

The technical term for these algorithms is "deadbots," which offer a sort of ephemeral evocation of the spirit of a deceased person. You don't have to look far to find them — even the usual suspect, ChatGPT, can light the path to the dead and establish a mutual, tangible dialogue between you and the dearly departed.

Yet the most realistic of these chatbot models is the consolatory Re;Memory. This ectoplasmic recreation, designed by South Korean company DeepBrain, comes almost as a natural evolution to the spiritual seances to which we're accustomed.

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