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Daily Archives: May 15, 2023

Measuring trends in Artificial Intelligence

The Disappearing White-Collar Job

WSJ – free access: “A once-in-a-generation convergence of technology and pressure to operate more efficiently has corporations saying many lost jobs may never return For generations of Americans, a corporate job was a path to stable prosperity. No more.  The jobs lost in a monthslong cascade of white-collar layoffs triggered by overhiring and rising interest… Continue Reading

Your DNA Can Now Be Pulled From Thin Air. Privacy Experts Are Worried

The New York Times: “Environmental DNA research has aided conservation, but scientists say its ability to glean information about human populations and individuals poses dangers. David Duffy, a wildlife geneticist at the University of Florida, just wanted a better way to track disease in sea turtles. Then he started finding human DNA everywhere he looked.… Continue Reading

“AlternativeTo is a free service that helps you find better alternatives to the products you love and hate. The site is made by Ola and Markus in Sweden, with a lot of help from our friends and colleagues in Italy, Finland, USA, Colombia, Philippines, France and contributors from all over the world. That’s right, all… Continue Reading

How Death Outlives War: The Reverberating Impact of the Post-9/11 Wars on Human Health

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs “War’s destruction of economies, public services, infrastructure, and the environment leads to deaths that occur long after bombs drop and grow in scale over time. This report reviews the latest research to examine the causal pathways that have led to an estimated 3.6-3.7 million indirect deaths in post-9/11… Continue Reading

A Christian Nation? Understanding the Threat of Christian Nationalism to American Democracy and Culture

PPRI: “The rising influence of Christian nationalism in some segments of American politics poses a major threat to the health of our democracy. Increasingly, the major battle lines of the culture war are being drawn between a right animated by a Christian nationalist worldview and Americans who embrace the country’s growing racial and religious diversity.… Continue Reading

Bound Congressional Record Now Back to 1873 in

In Custodia Legis, Andrew Weber: “In April, Robert shared the news about how we enhanced the display of historical bill text on One of the longer term projects we have been working on, also related to historical material, has been to add the Bound Congressional Record to Robert announced that our first Congress… Continue Reading

HP disables customers’ printers if they use ink cartridges from cheaper rivals

The Telegraph: “A well-known computer brand has disabled the printers of customers using ink cartridges from rival companies. Hewlett-Packard, or HP, has sparked fury after issuing a recent “firmware” update which blocks customers from using cheaper, non-HP ink cartridges in its printers. Customers’ devices were remotely updated in line with new terms which mean their… Continue Reading

Casey Tree Report – DC

“Last year Casey Trees reported that DC lost 550 acres of canopy—an area roughly the size of the National Mall—largely to development. While we recognize that a growing DC is a healthy DC, development that does not preserve existing trees and replace those that are lost makes neighborhoods hot, unhealthy, and unsustainable. In response, this… Continue Reading