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Bitter taste for coffee shop owner, as new $600 jobless benefit drove her to close

April 26th, 2020 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

  Some businesses that want to stay open say it’s hard to do so when employees can make more money by staying home.  $600 per week. That’s what the federal government is now offering to people who’ve lost their jobs because of the coronavirus. For many workers and employers, that money is a godsend — […]



Frustrated, self-employed, and left behind by SBA loan programs

April 13th, 2020 at 3:00 pm » Comments Off

‘Our government has failed us’: Frustrated, self-employed, and left behind by SBA loan programs Like many businesses across Ohio, Nathan’s Barber Shop in Marion County was ordered to close its doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has since extended the state’s stay-home order until at least May, and Nathan Riddle, the shop’s […]



Peter Diamandis: When will our stay-at-home lockdown end?

April 13th, 2020 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

I live in Los Angeles, CA, where we have now been on lockdown for about a month. A few days ago, California Governor Newsom announced a 30-day extension of the shelter-at-home order, through at least May 15th. Ouch. The same is happening in states and countries worldwide. While I’ve never sat still for so long, […]



AI-powered smart glasses are finding people with coronavirus in China

April 7th, 2020 at 11:57 am » Comments Off

Security officers in China are wearing AI-powered smart glasses to find people with a fever, one of the main symptoms of the coronavirus. The specs use a thermal imaging camera to measure someone’s temperature from up to 1 metre away. The glasses were developed by AI startup Rokid, which claims each set can check the […]



‘We can’t go back to normal’: how will coronavirus change the world?

April 5th, 2020 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Times of upheaval are always times of radical change. Some believe the pandemic is a once-in-a-generation chance to remake society and build a better future. Others fear it may only make existing injustices worse. Everything feels new, unbelievable, overwhelming. At the same time, it feels as if we’ve walked into an old recurring dream. In […]



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. […]



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