Society + Culture

Hang On to That Mask — Reinfections Ratchet Up Risk of Death and Long-Term Effects

In two studies published this month, researchers report compounded risks of repeat Covid infections and the remarkable effectiveness of universal masking.

In Our Own Best Interests

Biden has signed some groundbreaking legislation lately, but mostly our leaders are failing us. Too many are taking actions that harm us and even them. What’s wrong with working for collective betterment?

Yes, the World Needs Saving

It’s a challenging time to be an optimist. There are blights on our time. If we cannot turn ostensible optimism into action to address the world’s wrongs, we are failing our fellow humans, and ourselves.

Now You Can Get an AI to Write for You

Generative AI is increasingly available to every person–software that can create works of art, music, video, code, and yes, even writing columns like this one, in response to your written commands. Such software was once...

The Next Cold War Has a Chip On Its Shoulder

I’m no longer hiding under my desk awaiting missiles, but don’t be surprised if you see me stockpiling chips in my desk drawer.  Many companies have already reported doing the same, many of them Chinese...

Pandemic Hit to U.S. Life Expectancy May Last

The pandemic “has been the most severe global mortality shock since World War II,” researchers find.

The Clinton Global Initiative Makes a Comeback: 5 Key Takeaways

For a summit that many thought would never see the light of day again, this event proved it still has a lot to offer.

Biden Proclaims AI Bill of Rights (Kinda/Sorta)

As AI assumes more and more previously human tasks, ethicists, futurists, and legal minds are getting apoplectic, scurrying to get out ahead of the issues.

How COVID Changed the Retail and Restaurant Industry Forever

In an exclusive roundtable presented by Techonomy and Lightspeed Commerce, industry veterans and innovators shared their thoughts on the new digital consumer.

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