How to fix what the innovation economy broke about America

How to fix what the innovation economy broke about America

February 22, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Valerie Moreno laughed out loud when I asked if her family received regular medical checkups. “Oh my gosh, no!” she said. “We have to be dying before we see a doctor.”  The reason why wasn’t a mystery. Valerie, who was dressed in a sweatshirt and jeans, her dark hair showing a few grays, pulled her…

President Joe Biden

February 22, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced changes Monday to target more federal pandemic assistance to the nation’s smallest businesses and ventures owned by women […]

How to have a better relationship with your tech

How to have a better relationship with your tech

February 18, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Our dependency on tech has soared during the pandemic. The app analytics company App Annie found that people spent around 4 hours and 18 minutes per day on mobile devices in April 2020. That’s a 20% increase from the year before, equating to an extra 45 minutes per day of screen time. Research shows that…

The battle of algorithms: Uncovering offensive AI

The battle of algorithms: Uncovering offensive AI

February 18, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

As machine-learning applications move into the mainstream, a new era of cyber threat is emerging—one that uses offensive artificial intelligence (AI) to supercharge attack campaigns. Offensive AI allows attackers to automate reconnaissance, craft tailored impersonation attacks, and even self-propagate to avoid detection. Security teams can prepare by turning to defensive AI to fight back—using autonomous…

Predictive policing is still racist—whatever data it uses

Predictive policing is still racist—whatever data it uses

February 18, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

It’s no secret that predictive policing tools are racially biased. A number of studies have shown that racist feedback loops can arise if algorithms are trained on police data, such as arrests. But new research shows that training predictive tools in a way meant to lessen bias has little effect. Arrest data biases predictive tools…

Bill Gates and the problem with climate solutionism

Bill Gates and the problem with climate solutionism

February 17, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

In his  new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Bill Gates takes a technology-­centered approach to understanding the climate crisis. Gates begins with the 51 billion tons of greenhouse gases that people create every year. He slices this pollution into sectors by the size of their footprints—working his way from electricity, manufacturing, and agriculture…

Bill Gates: Rich nations should shift entirely to synthetic beef

Bill Gates: Rich nations should shift entirely to synthetic beef

February 17, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

In his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Bill Gates lays out what it will really take to eliminate the greenhouse-gas emissions driving climate change. The Microsoft cofounder, who is now cochair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and chair of the investment fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures, sticks to his past argument…

Why a failure to vaccinate the world will put us all at risk

Why a failure to vaccinate the world will put us all at risk

February 17, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

Isabel Rodriguez-Barraquer currently works remotely from Colombia. As an epidemiologist, she has been watching from afar as her colleagues back at the University of California, San Francisco, have started receiving vaccines available to lab workers. The situation is very different where she now lives. Colombia is suffering a massive covid-19 outbreak and is still waiting to…

Chicago thinks Zocdoc can help solve its vaccine chaos

Chicago thinks Zocdoc can help solve its vaccine chaos

February 17, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

During the first week of February, a winter storm blew through Chicago, leaving piles of snow before subzero temperatures set in. Eve Bloomgarden, an endocrinologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, got a call from a worried patient who was scheduled to receive a covid-19 vaccine that week. She was preparing to brave the weather—and drive for…

Here’s Biden’s plan to reboot climate innovation

Here’s Biden’s plan to reboot climate innovation

February 17, 2021 Darnetta Mahaffy 0

The Biden administration announced its third major climate effort on Thursday, February 11, rolling out initiatives to accelerate innovation in clean energy and climate technology. The White House has formed a working group to help set up the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate (ARPA-C), which Biden pledged to create during the campaign. Its mission will be…