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What should the government spend to save a life?

March 28th, 2020 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Economists have a way of measuring the cost of protecting people from COVID-19. Economists have done the math. The staggering economic toll of the new coronavirus is becoming abundantly, unavoidably clear. On Thursday, a Department of Labor report showed that a record-shattering 3.3 million people applied for initial unemployment claims last week. And with entire […]



For the first time, Uber drivers and other gig workers qualify for unemployment insurance as part of the Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill

March 27th, 2020 at 12:16 pm » Comments Off

A protester outside Uber’s office in Massachusetts. The Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus economic bailout bill includes help for gig-economy workers, like Uber and Lyft drivers, who have seen their livelihood dissolve during the coronavirus crisis. For the first time, these workers would qualify for unemployment insurance. They would also qualify for the additional four months […]



The intelligence community is developing its own AI ethics

March 13th, 2020 at 2:54 pm » Comments Off

While less public than the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, the intelligence community has been developing its own set of principles for the ethical use of artificial intelligence. The Pentagon made headlines last month when it adopted its five principles for using artificial intelligence, marking the end of a months-long effort over what guidelines the […]



Elon Musk says all advanced AI development should be regulated, including at Tesla

February 27th, 2020 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is once again sounding a warning note regarding the development of artificial intelligence. The executive and founder tweeted on Monday evening that “all org[anizations] developing advance AI should be regulated, including Tesla.” Musk was responding to a new MIT Technology Review profile of OpenAI, an organization founded in 2015 […]



EU introduces AI strategy to build ‘ecosystem of trust’

February 26th, 2020 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission The European Commission today unveiled a sweeping set of proposals that it hopes will establish the region as a leader in artificial intelligence by focusing on trust and transparency. The proposals would lead to changes in the way data is collected and shared in an effort […]



The year women became eligible to vote in each country

February 14th, 2020 at 12:01 pm » Comments Off

SUFFRAGE HAPPENED in 1920 in the United States, three years behind Russia and Canada but 91 years ahead of Saudi Arabia, as noted by this map depicting the year women became eligible to vote in each country. Countries began joining the fray en masse by the mid-twentieth century, but the leader of the pack comes […]



World’s biggest carnivores are turning their backs on beef

February 8th, 2020 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

Argentine officials try to prop up beef binge with price caps Dwindling purchasing power, changing food trends are to blame. Argentines, who have long been among the world’s most voracious meat eaters, can no longer afford to binge on their own beef. Red-meat consumption in the country has fallen to the lowest in a century. […]



Look to cities, not nation-states, to solve our biggest challenges

February 4th, 2020 at 12:17 pm » Comments Off

Los Angeles’ economy is bigger than that of many nation states. This article is part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting The world in 2020 is looking more turbulent and uncertain than ever. Powerful economic, demographic and technological forces are rewiring international politics. According to the World Economic Forum’s new Global Risks Report, structural […]



Is America’s fossil fuel empire collapsing?

February 3rd, 2020 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

Since the close of World War II, the United States has overseen an expanding global order built on fossil fuels. That era has come to an end. Where coal powered the British Empire, and oil powered the American Century, renewable energy technologies are now set to drive the post-American world. Europe’s “Green Deal” represents the […]



China plans 39 million-mile race to Mars to catch up with NASA

January 23rd, 2020 at 1:16 pm » Comments Off

“Mars Base 1” is a Mars simulation center in the Gobi desert. China is taking its rivalry with the U.S. to another planet. The Chinese space agency is preparing a mid-year mission to Mars, marking the most ambitious project on an exploration checklist intended to achieve equal footing with NASA and transform the nation’s technological […]



The most powerful passports in the world in 2020, ranked

January 12th, 2020 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

Singapore, which ranked as the second-best place to hold a passport from in 2020, tied for first place last year. The Henley Passport Index, an annual ranking of the most powerful passports in the world based on how many destinations the holder can enter without a visa, was just released. Japan secured the top spot […]



The coming surge of separatism

January 8th, 2020 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Why splittists will be on a roll around the world FROM CATALONIA to Kashmir, and from Hong Kong to Scotland, separatist movements will make headlines in 2020. At best, this will lead to political turbulence and tension. At worst, it could lead to violence. Across the world, two types of identity-driven movements are increasingly clashing—and […]



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