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Whenever something goes wrong, it's tempting to just say '2020.' It means you don't have to say anything else. Fires, Hurricanes, pandemics, lies, and Carol's flat tire. In no other year would they all occur simultaneously, right?
By Nick Valencia, Sara Murray and Kristen Holmes, CNN
– Aug 26, 9:00 AM
(CNN) A sudden change in federal guidelines on coronavirus testing came this week as a result of pressure from the upper ranks of the Trump administration, a federal health official close to the process tells CNN. 'It's coming from the top down,'…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterAre we in a war with out own president?
Many months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus is still spreading uncontrolled through the U.S. Public health authorities including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) tell us…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterHere’s the latest way to avoid Covid.
The Washington Post
– Aug 22, 11:29 AM
August should have been a blockbuster month for the rapper Megan Thee Stallion. Her latest collaboration with Cardi B, “WAP,” racked up 93 million streams in the United States in the week after its release on Aug. 7 (the most ever…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterBlack women have so much responsibility. They’re also supposed to prevent their abusers from being abused by police? Give me (or better them) a break!
The Wall Street Journal
– Aug 26, 4:00 AM
After months of video chats and binge-watching streaming video, some people are trying out digital platforms built for audio. The exclusive networking app Clubhouse, from Alpha Exploration Co., has drawn attention to the space, but others such as…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterI’m that person. I’ve spent my entire WFH experience on Clubhouse, which can’t be exclusive because it let me on!
The Wall Street Journal
– Aug 21, 7:39 AM
The United States of America, heralded as the land of plenty, still doesn't have enough paper towels. Long after the coronavirus sparked a run on them, retailers can't keep their shelves full. Target.com had no Bounty paper towels for delivery this…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterOne of the few articles from the Wall Street Journal that isn’t behind a pay wall. It’s pretty funny, but all that lean manufacturing we taught everybody to do is the reason we don’t have enough paper towels or toilet paper today. Nobody has any inventory
Six months into a pandemic economy, rifts in American inequality are deeper than ever. The picture is especially dystopian in Silicon Valley, where hundreds of thousands have filed unemployment claims while their Big Tech neighbors are minting…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterThis is going to be just as bad nationwide. Mass homelessness is coming, along with empty apartments.
Earlier this year, the independent research organisation of which I am the Director, London-based Ada Lovelace Institute, hosted a panel at the world's largest AI conference, CogX, called The Ethics Panel to End All Ethics Panels. The title…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatter“When the field of AI believes it is neutral, it both fails to notice biased data and builds systems that sanctify the status quo and advance the interests of the powerful. What is needed is AI by and for the people.” I knew this would have to come.
The idea of using a public bathroom with see-through walls may sound like the stuff of nightmares. But a famous Japanese architect is hoping to change that view, using vibrant colors and new technology to make restrooms in Tokyo parks more…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterOooh, don't you love this idea? You can actually see what you're getting into.
Although the benefit of population-level public facial masking to protect others during the COVID-19 pandemic has received a great deal of attention, we discuss for one of the first times the hypothesis that universal masking reduces the…
Francine Hardaway #BlackLivesMatterThis would be awesome news.