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A Big New Report on American Children Is Out. It’s Horrific.

Human Rights Watch: “How Do US States Measure Up on Child Rights? Challenging US States to Meet International Child Rights Standards for Child Marriage, Corporal Punishment, Child Labor, and Juvenile Justice. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the most ratified international human rights treaty to date. Since its adoption in… Continue Reading

Building America’s Clean Energy Future

Energy.Gov Invest – “President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda has spurred a new industrial revolution in clean energy. This web resource provides an interactive map on how the Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law are leading to announcements of historic levels of private sector investments in the United States, bringing manufacturing back to America… Continue Reading

How Shoddy Data Becomes Sensational Research

Chronicle of Higher Education [read free]: “Over the past 20 years, a wave of improbable-sounding scientific research has come under the microscope. Are Asian Americans really prone to heart attacks on the fourth day of every month? Do power poses really increase testosterone? Do men really eat more pizza when women are around? Are people… Continue Reading

Forrester’s 2023 Generative AI Jobs Impact Forecast

US Generative AI Will Reshape Far More Jobs Than It Eliminates August 30, 2023 – “Generative AI has captured the imaginations of leaders and employees alike, experiencing exponential growth in the workplace. This catalyzes questions about the future of jobs: It’s commonplace to hear pundits suggest that numerous job categories are doomed. We forecasted the… Continue Reading

The Great Gloom: In 2023, Employees Are Unhappier Than Ever. Why?

BambooHR’s Employee Happiness Index Benchmarks Employee Satisfaction Across 8 Key Industries Table of Contents Key Takeaways for Human Resources Professionals Employee Happiness Index Benchmarks (2020–Present) What Is the Happiest Sector of the Workforce? 8 Major Industries, Ranked Happiest Industry: Construction Plummeting Happiness: Technology Steadily Declining Happiness: Finance Increasing Happiness: Nonprofit Slowing Unhappiness: Restaurants, Food and… Continue Reading

Morgan Stanley to launch AI chatbot to woo wealthy

Reuters: “Wealthy clients going to a Morgan Stanley financial adviser to discuss their investments may have a different sort of experience in the future: having a chatbot listen to their conversation. After testing it with 1,000 financial advisers for some months, the bank will roll out a generative artificial intelligence bot this month, developed with… Continue Reading

The effect of copyright on the digitisation and availability of visual artworks

 Centre for Economic Policy Research: “There is an ongoing debate on the need for protection of creative works to ensure availability and distribution. This column exploits a change in copyright protection in the US to examine how copyright affects the digitisation and distribution of artworks over the internet. The authors find a strong increase in… Continue Reading

Bosses mean it this time: Return to the office or get a new job!

Washington Post via MSN: “…The new pushes for in-person work mark a major shift as executives directly acknowledge the challenges with the model — in some cases saying productivity has declined, and citing fewer opportunities for spontaneous collaboration, mentorship and connection-building. Meanwhile, employers have new leverage as the labor market has cooled, leaving workers less… Continue Reading

Invasive species costing the world at least $423bn every year

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – Assessment Report on Invasive Alien Species and their Control: “…Nearly 80% of the documented impacts of invasive alien species on nature’s contributions to people are also negative – especially through damage to food supplies – such as the impact of the European shore crab (Carcinus… Continue Reading

Business Adopting AI Risk a ‘Trust Gap’ with Customers

Salesforce Report: “Businesses could soon face an AI trust gap with customers, according to a new survey of more than 14,000 consumers and business buyers across 25 countries. As brands increasingly adopt AI to increase efficiency and meet increasing customer expectations, nearly three quarters of their customers are concerned about unethical use of the technology.… Continue Reading