Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing Yelp to punish bars that require vaccine proof

Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing Yelp to punish bars that require vaccine proof

June 14, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

On the first hot weekend of the summer, Richard Knapp put up a sign outside Mother’s Ruin, a bar tucked in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. It had two arrows: one pointing vaccinated people indoors, another pointing unvaccinated people outdoors. The Instagram post showing the sign (above) quickly went viral among European anti-vaxxers on Reddit. “We started…

Clinical trials are better, faster, cheaper with big data

Clinical trials are better, faster, cheaper with big data

June 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Clinical trials have never been more in the public eye than in the past year, as the world watched the development of vaccines against covid-19, the disease at the center of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Discussions of study phases, efficacy, and side effects dominated the news. The most distinctive feature of the vaccine trials was…

What makes the Delta covid-19 variant more infectious?

What makes the Delta covid-19 variant more infectious?

June 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Covid cases are on the rise in England, and a fast-spreading variant may be to blame. B.1.617.2, which now goes by the name Delta, first emerged in India, but has since spread to 62 countries, according to the World Health Organization. Delta is still rare in the US. At a press conference on Tuesday, the…

Building the engine that drives digital transformation

Building the engine that drives digital transformation

June 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Digital transformation has long been a well-established strategic imperative for organizations globally. The effects of covid-19—which have transformed the world into a (perhaps permanently) dispersed collection of individual broadband-connected consumers, partners, and employees—have not disrupted or wholly redefined this trend, instead they have created additional emphasis on digital transformation strategies already well underway. This is…

The coming productivity boom

The coming productivity boom

June 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

The last 15 years have been tough times for many Americans, but there are now encouraging signs of a turnaround. Productivity growth, a key driver for higher living standards, averaged only 1.3% since 2006, less than half the rate of the previous decade. But on June 3, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that US…

How wearable AI could help you recover from covid

How wearable AI could help you recover from covid

June 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Angela Mitchell still remembers the night she nearly died. It was almost one year ago in July. Mitchell—who turns 60 this June—tested positive for covid-19 at her job as a pharmacy technician at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. She was sneezing, coughing, and feeling dizzy. The hospital management offered her a choice. She…

Which US vaccine plans actually helped hard-hit communities?

Which US vaccine plans actually helped hard-hit communities?

June 10, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Long before the first covid-19 vaccines went into arms, certain groups in the US felt the impact of the pandemic more severely: those who whose jobs had to be done in person, who were suddenly labeled “essential”; those who were shut out from government assistance; and certain communities of color. Officials promised that the vaccine…

Five questions posed by Facebook’s two-year ban on Donald Trump

Five questions posed by Facebook’s two-year ban on Donald Trump

June 6, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

On Friday, Facebook announced that it would suspend former president Donald Trump from the social network for two years, until at least January 7, 2023, and said he would “only be reinstated if conditions permit.” The announcement comes in response to recommendations last month from Facebook’s recently created Oversight Board. Facebook had hoped that the…

AI still sucks at moderating hate speech

AI still sucks at moderating hate speech

June 6, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

For all of the recent advances in language AI technology, it still struggles with one of the most basic applications. In a new study, scientists tested four of the best AI systems for detecting hate speech and found that all of them struggled in different ways to distinguish toxic and innocuous sentences. The results are…