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If you look at today's stories, you can see that the tech backlash is in full swing. This means that people have gotten their educations about tech and I hope will make better choices in the future.
The New York Times
Claire Cain Miller
– Aug 21, 2019, 2:00 AM
Britni Hebert was chief resident, on track for a career in the highly demanding field of oncology, when she found out she was having twins. “Everything kind of just tilted on its head,” she said. She couldn't imagine 80-hour workweeks…
francine hardawayAs it should be. It's normally a nurturing profession, and it's nice for women to be 'let in' in such great numbers because they have something all the medical devices lack: empathy.
The co-founder of DeepMind, the high-profile artificial intelligence lab owned by Google, has been placed on leave after controversy over some of the projects he led. Mustafa Suleyman runs DeepMind's “applied” division, which seeks…
Kaiser Permanente, Molina Healthcare, and Humana offer the best digital experience based on customer satisfaction and Net Promoter Scores, according to a survey of 11,500 consumers conducted by Verint Systems Inc. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan…
francine hardawayI’m not sure that’s saying much, although I know Kaiser tries.
The New York Times
Aaron E. Carroll
– Aug 19, 2019, 2:00 AM
In many areas of health policy, the best of intentions can lead to more harm than good. Such is the case with America's approach to alcohol and pregnancy. The best evidence shows that punitive policies — such as equating drinking while…
francine hardawayThe nanny state mostly doesn’t work. Also, I drank the whole time I was pregnant and my kids are fine.
Every year, millions of students sit down for standardized tests that carry weighty consequences. National tests like the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) serve as gatekeepers to higher education, while state assessments can determine everything…
francine hardawayOf course they are. The algorithms are written by privileged white people and applied across the board to people who haven't had that privilege. But that has been true since before algorithms existed in their present forms.
– Aug 19, 2019, 4:13 PM
When Roger Klug told his employer he was retiring, there was a shiver of panic among the bosses. Now 70 years old, Mr Klug is in his 47th year at Alexandria Industries, an aluminium company in rural Minnesota. After almost five decades…
francine hardawayThe ones that aren’t firing them. What a dichotomy
Humans have seemingly perfected the science of staying cool. Air conditioning and refrigeration units are relatively cheap, the mechanics are pretty simple, and access to them is on the rise. The downside is that they're horrible for a planet…
francine hardawayWhat can we use for sustainable air conditioner technology?
A week ago last Friday, I spoke to Joi Ito about the release of documents that implicate Media Lab co-founder Marvin Minsky in Jeffrey Epstein's horrific crimes. Joi told me that evening that the Media Lab's ties to Epstein went much deeper, and…
francine hardawayThis is a sad story. Schools need money and it drives them into the wrong beds, as it were. Joi Ito did not strike me as a person without principles, so there must be more of a story there, as there usually is.
The New York Times
– Aug 21, 2019, 9:35 AM
Growing up in Nacogdoches, Tex., Eve Wiley learned at age 16 that she had been conceived through artificial insemination with donor sperm. Her mother, Margo Williams, now 65, had sought help from Dr. Kim McMorries, telling him that her husband was…
francine hardawayMultitudes of doctors beating off in their offices in the name of science. (Sarcasm)
Robert Chang, a Stanford ophthalmologist, normally stays busy prescribing drops and performing eye surgery. But a few years ago, he decided to jump on a hot new trend in his field: artificial intelligence. Doctors like Chang often rely on eye…
francine hardawayThis is an awesome concept. And yes, AI needs huge amounts of data to be trained well, which it doesn't have now because of our health policies, which are silly to say the least.