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Saturday, May 30, 2020
I listened to the coronavirus playlists on Spotify so you don’t have to

I listened to the coronavirus playlists on Spotify so you don’t...

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As the COVID-19 global pandemic has turned us all into hermit crabs, amusing ourselves has become more important than ever. So, because I’m kinda bored and I want to see what people have created, let’s check out the coronavirus-related playlists on Spotify and see what kinds of songs are on them. My Spotify playlists have…
Why Amazon’s Ring and facial recognition technology are a clear and present danger to society

Why Amazon’s Ring and facial recognition technology are a clear and...

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“The deployment of connected home security cameras that allow footage to be queried centrally are simply not compatible with a free society.” Amazon engineer Max Eliaser The greatest threat posed to democracy in any free nation is that of ubiquitous government surveillance. Many countries today are struggling to find the proper balance between useful facial…
Why using AI to screen job applicants is almost always a bunch of crap

Why using AI to screen job applicants is almost always a...

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Millions of potential employees are subjected to artificial intelligence screenings during the hiring process every month. While some systems make it easier to weed out candidates who lack necessary educational or work qualifications, many AI hiring solutions are nothing more than snake oil. Thousands of companies around the world rely on outside businesses to provide…
Opinion: It’s Time To End The Colonial Mindset In Global Health

Opinion: It’s Time To End The Colonial Mindset In Global Health

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On a trip to India, Abraar Karan (second from right) interviews a local woman to talk about the challenges of cataracts. Daniel Carvalho hide caption toggle caption Daniel Carvalho On a trip to India, Abraar Karan (second from right) interviews a local woman to talk about the challenges of cataracts. Daniel Carvalho "Any western medical…
Opinion: Placenta-Eating Went Mainstream When Many Doctors Stopped Listening

Opinion: Placenta-Eating Went Mainstream When Many Doctors Stopped Listening

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Placenta purveyors often dehydrate and grind a new mother's placenta to a powder, then add it to a pill capsule. Generally, the goal is to increase her milk production, energy and mood, but scientists dispute such benefits. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Placenta purveyors often dehydrate…
Just putting it out there: Ban Wi-Fi on airplanes

Just putting it out there: Ban Wi-Fi on airplanes

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In this column, “Just putting this out there…,” we write about the odd ways we engage with tech and the unpopular opinions we form about it. You can read the rest of the articles in this series here. I truly don’t want to be able to go online during flights — no matter how long…
Researchers were about to solve AI’s black box problem, then the lawyers got involved

Researchers were about to solve AI’s black box problem, then the...

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AI has a “black box” problem. We cram data in one side of a machine learning system and we get results out the other, but we’re often unsure what happens in the middle. Researchers and developers nearly had the issue licked, with “explainable algorithms” and “transparent AI” trending over the past few years. Then came…
OPINION: Obesity Is Linked To Food Insecurity. SNAP Cuts May Make Both Worse

OPINION: Obesity Is Linked To Food Insecurity. SNAP Cuts May Make...

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A shopper holds fresh produce at Northgate Gonzalez Market before a press conference there, where the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced new data on food insecurity in the county, September 2017. Food insecurity affected one out of three low-income households in the county, the data showed. Danny Moloshok/Los Angeles County Department of…
Opinion: Emergency Rooms Shouldn’t Be Parking Lots For Patients

Opinion: Emergency Rooms Shouldn’t Be Parking Lots For Patients

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Waits for inpatient beds are an important factor in ER overcrowding. UpperCut Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption UpperCut Images/Getty Images Waits for inpatient beds are an important factor in ER overcrowding. UpperCut Images/Getty Images On a good day in the emergency room where we work, patients who need to be admitted to the hospital…
Why can’t Internet companies stop awful content?

Why can’t Internet companies stop awful content?

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Enlarge / Don't abandon the Internet yet! Eric Goldman is a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law and co-director of the High-Tech Law Institute. Jess Miers is an Internet Law & Policy Foundry fellow and a second year Tech Edge J.D. student at Santa Clara University School of Law. The opinions expressed here…

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