Louise Watts

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This New Platform Lets You Donate Directly To Humanitarian Projects

In Syria, local relief organizations shoulder 75% of the aid effort, but receive less than 1% of the funding for the crisis–most goes to large international NGOs. A new platform called CanDo wants to tip the balance back toward the grassroots.<p>Rola Hallam was practicing as a doctor in the United …

Middle East

Here’s why it matters that the fast-food industry could finally get its first union

Fast-food chain Burgerville has earned die-hard fans in the Pacific Northwest by serving up local, seasonal fast food (think Tillamook Cheddar cheeseburgers, Walla Walla onion rings, and huckleberry milkshakes). Now Burgerville fans have something new to talk about: The chain’s employees are trying …

Fast Food

These 7 Common Speaking Habits Undercut Your Credibility

These simple behaviors are easy to fall into when you’re nervous, but they can make listeners think twice about taking you seriously.<p>Every speaker needs to be credible. If your audience spends the duration of your talk mulling over whether or not to take you seriously, you can kiss goodbye to any …

Public Speaking

In Pursuit of a Better Democracy - A blog about civics, statesmanship, and leadership; not partisan politics

This post was inspired in part by Khal Spencer’s blog posts about the gun debate and in great part to yesterday’s March For Our Lives.<p>First, let me …

Political Science

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

They weren’t the first mass-shooting victims the Florida radiologist saw—but their wounds were radically different.<p>As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read “gunshot wound.” I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the …

Guns

Police in the UK can now scan fingerprints from anyone on the street using portable devices that identify immigrants and criminals in minutes

The police will soon be able to routinely stop people and identify them from a fingerprint<p>The UK Home Office has begun rolling out police mobile …

The workplaces of the future will be more human, not less

In the 18th century, those operating at the highest levels of society, from London to Moscow, needed to be able to speak French, then the language of …

Surgeons are using HoloLens to 'see inside' patients before they operate on them

Surgeons in the UK are using Microsoft’s mixed-reality headset to “see inside” patients before they operate on them.<p>A team at Imperial College London …

Augmented Reality

Democrats' 'Resistance' to Trump Is Eroding, and So Are Their Poll Numbers

The notion that the president “constitutes a crisis in American governance,” is waning among party leaders, jeopardizing their mid-term advantage.<p>Remember “this is not normal?”<p>A year ago, it was the motto of the self-styled “Resistance”—the coalition of liberals, Democrats, and a few wayward …

Political Science

Trump Discovers the Costs of Undermining Truth

At the same time that the president sows doubt and confusion to undermine his adversaries, he finds those forces depriving him of credit he believes he deserves.<p>A long weekend with lots of executive time, simmering tensions with politicians of both parties, a looming government shutdown: It’s the …

Donald Trump
Net Neutrality

Robots Have Been Taking American Jobs, Study Says | US News

Automation has hit manufacturing employment particularly hard and wiped out hundreds of thousands of jobs in the 1990s and 2000s, according to a …

The Future

Will robots take our jobs, or make life better?

Possibly both, says Seismic CEO Rich Mahoney.<p>When people who don’t know much about robots talk about robots, the conversation drifts in two dire directions: Robots are going to kill us all, “Terminator” style, or automation is going to reach every industry and we’ll have mass unemployment.<p>Someone …

Robotics

The U.S. will be hit worse by job automation than other major economies

A new study from PwC estimates that 38 percent of U.S. jobs could be lost to automation in the next 15 years.<p>Nearly 40 percent of jobs in the U.S. may be vulnerable to replacement by robots in the next fifteen years, according to a new study by the research firm PwC.<p>Other major advanced economies …

Automation

Stephen Hawking calls for ‘world government’ to stop a robot uprising

Physicist Stephen Hawking reiterated his view that artificial intelligence presents both threats and possibilities. One way to address this and other …

Artificial Intelligence

Where machines could replace humans--and where they can’t (yet)

The technical potential for automation differs dramatically across sectors and activities.<p><b>As automation technologies</b> such as machine learning and …

Manufacturing

This map shows where you're most likely to lose your job to robots

In low-wage large metropolitan areas including Las Vegas, Nevada; El Paso, Texas; San Bernardino County, in Southern California; robots are poised to take more than 60% by 2035, according to analysis from the Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis.<p>In cities with more jobs in the tech industry, …

Economics

Bill Gates says robots that take your job should pay taxes

In a recent interview with Quartz editor-in-chief Kevin Delaney, the billionaire philanthropist explained that robot labor should get taxed just like human labor — primarily as a way to maintain funding for society's many social services.<p>"You can't just give up that income tax," Gates …

Bill Gates

ALIBABA'S JACK MA: 'In the next 30 years, the world will see much more pain than happiness'

"In the next 30 years, the world will see much more pain than happiness," the Chinese entrepreneur said at a conference in China, according to a report from Bloomberg.<p>"Social conflicts in the next three decades will have an impact on all sorts of industries and walks of life."<p>Ma's doomsaying was …

The Future

Theater Producers Accuse Casting Directors of Forming Illegal Cartel

Escalating an acrimonious battle on Broadway, an association of commercial producers on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against the industry’s most powerful casting directors, accusing them of violating antitrust laws.<p>The lawsuit comes as casting directors in theater have been attempting to …

Cartels

Six Ways We Can Adapt to Climate Change

<i>This is an article from</i> <i>Turning Points</i><i>, a magazine that explores what critical moments from this year might mean for the year ahead.</i><p>As our climate changes, human creativity has been turning to solutions to problems ranging from restoring water supplies to rebuilding failing ecosystems. In …

Climate Change

What the heck is a 5G network?

The hype about this important phone network standard is about to become deafening. CNET's Stephen Shankland explains what you need to know.

Phones
Middle-class

Inside India’s race to cool 1.3 billion people in a warming world

How do you cool 7.5 billion people on a warming planet?<p>When Rutam Vora was growing up in Vadodara, a city of about 2 million people near the western coast of India, his parents kept cool each summer by drenching bedsheets in water and hanging them in the windows of their house. When the scorching …

Climate Change

Most people think about success all wrong — because they won't accept a brutal truth

(We'll get back to that lovely little scene in a moment.)<p>Many people feel that buying something new — new technology, new devices, new systems, new "stuff" — is the key to success. They're convinced that what they have is not enough. What holds them back are the things they <i>don't</i> have.<p>But that is …

Self-improvement

Nasa to send asteroid away from Earth by firing a bullet at it in attempt to save the Earth from future strikes

Nasa is going to fire a bullet at an asteroid in an attempt to save the Earth.<p>The agency has laid out the plans for its DART mission – where it will …

This house was 3D-printed in just 24 hours

As we start to 3D-print everything — including houses, of all things — it's pretty impressive that a company built one in just 24 hours.<p>Located in …

This tiny home was 3D-printed in 24 hours

And it cost just over $10,000<p>At this point, a house (or a five-story building) made of 3D-printed parts is no longer a shocking sight. However, a new project in Russia takes the instant gratification of a 3D-printed structure one step further by getting all the printing done right on site.<p>Completed …

3D Printing