A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can’t think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

#altman-samuel-h, #artificial-intelligence, #cerebras-systems, #computers-and-the-internet, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #google-inc, #internal-sub-only, #lemoine-blake, #mitchell-margaret-researcher

The Mysterious Dance of the Cricket Embryos

A team of biologists and mathematicians studied hours of video to learn how insects take shape in the egg. The secret is geometry.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #biology-and-biochemistry, #crickets, #di-talia-stefano, #donoughe-seth, #evolution-biology, #extavour-cassandra, #hoffmann-jordan-mathematician, #internal-sub-only, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #mathematics, #microbiology, #nakamura-taro, #rycroft-christopher, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Julie Benko Was the ‘Funny Girl’ No One Had Heard of, Until Now

The actress, who covered for Beanie Feldstein, gets the part to herself for the next month, and Broadway fans are thrilled for her.

#actors-and-actresses, #august-wilson-theater-manhattan-ny, #benko-julie, #brice-fanny, #feldstein-beanie, #funny-girl-play, #internal-sub-only, #karimloo-ramin, #michele-lea, #sher-bartlett, #streisand-barbra

In the Late ’70s, Teen Punks Ruled New York. These Are Their Stories.

High school students spent their nights forging a colorful late-night scene marked by big choruses and few rules. The bands didn’t last, but the taste of art and freedom shaped their lives.

#cbgb, #internal-sub-only, #manhattan-nyc, #maxs-kansas-city, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #pop-and-rock-music, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #the-blessed, #the-colors, #the-speedies, #the-student-teachers

Big Trouble in Little Loving County, Texas

Murdered cattle. Family feuds. People arrested showing up for jury duty. In America’s least populated county, a bare-knuckle struggle for control may hold implications for voters in the rest of Texas.

#cattle, #elections-county-commissioners, #internal-sub-only, #loving-county-tex, #texas, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

How a Recession Might — and Might Not — Happen

Goldilocks and the macroeconomic bears.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #inflation-economics, #internal-sub-only, #united-states-economy

Wonking Out: Why the Dollar Dominates

There still aren’t any plausible rival currencies.

#currency, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #euro-currency, #internal-sub-only, #united-states-economy, #us-dollar-currency

At P.S.G., Kylian Mbappé Has to Go

Mbappé is a generational talent who deserves a bigger stage on a weekly basis than the one Paris St.-Germain can offer.

#bennett-roger-1970, #internal-sub-only, #mbappe-kylian-1998, #paris-st-germain-fc-soccer-team, #soccer

Gas Prices Are Up in the U.S. Don’t Blame the President.

What do voters actually know about government and the economy?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #internal-sub-only, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states-economy

Wonking Out: How Global Is Inflation?

And Queen Victoria as a differential equation. 

#france, #germany, #inflation-economics, #internal-sub-only, #italy, #united-states

Aaron Rodgers’ and Mehmet Oz’s Irresponsible Choices

Being famous and being qualified are not the same thing.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-sub-only, #national-football-league, #oz-mehmet-c, #rodgers-aaron

A World Running on Empty

Shortages and inflation aren’t uniquely American problems.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #france, #germany, #great-britain, #inflation-economics, #internal-sub-only, #shortages, #united-states-economy

Colombians Are Uniting Around Land Reform. Here’s Why.

Helping farmers is an idea that unites the country’s left and right.

#blinken-antony-j, #colombia, #duque-ivan, #internal-sub-only, #land-use-policies, #transplants

How Tweeting Can Be Like Pro Wrestling, and Other Observations

Peter Thiel, decency and the supposed “pro-wrestlization” of tweeting.

#chafkin-max, #immigration-and-emigration, #internal-sub-only, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #the-contrarian-peter-thiel-and-silicon-valleys-pursuit-of-power-book, #thiel-peter-a, #twitter, #vaccination-and-immunization

Go See These Black Operas

Acquired taste is often richer than, as it were, the easy score.

#blanchard-terence, #blow-charles-m, #classical-music, #folk-music, #internal-sub-only, #jazz, #opera, #race-and-ethnicity

Vaccine Mandates Could Stop Supply-Chain Woes at U.S. Ports

How vaccine mandates can unclog the ports.

#delays-transportation, #delivery-services, #durable-goods-economic-indicator, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #internal-sub-only, #international-trade-and-world-market, #shopping-and-retail

Some Tenants in Los Angeles May Lose the City Councilwoman They Elected

How some tenants in Los Angeles may lose the voice they found on the City Council.

#affordable-housing, #city-councils, #homeless-persons, #internal-sub-only, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #rent-control-and-stabilization

College Degrees Are Overrated

Employers are missing out on a large talent pool by insisting on diplomas for jobs that don’t require them.

#colleges-and-universities, #dostoyevsky-fyodor, #hiring-and-promotion, #inflation-economics, #internal-sub-only, #labor-and-jobs

My Thoughts on Life After Death

Death, for all of us, is a journey interrupted.

#deaths-fatalities, #internal-sub-only, #jesus-christ, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief, #sendak-maurice

A Home Built for the Next Pandemic

A new Covid concept house pitches itself as empowering and feminist. Is it?

#affordable-housing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-sub-only, #parenting, #telecommuting, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Chappelle’s Netflix Show Just Isn’t Funny

The comedian needs to just move on.

#blue-origin, #chappelle-dave, #comedy-and-humor, #global-warming, #internal-sub-only, #netflix-inc, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #viacomcbs-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

A Blackface Scandal at Michigan

Michigan’s campus cancelers aren’t snowflakes, they’re radicals.

#black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #internal-sub-only, #olivier-laurence, #sheng-bright, #university-of-michigan

Don’t Blame Workers for Inflation

They are victims of rising prices, not the perpetrators.

#inflation-economics, #internal-sub-only, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #production, #wages-and-salaries

The Fed Shouldn’t Make a Call on Inflation Yet

I beseech you, think it possible you may be mistaken.

#economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #internal-sub-only, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-economy

Soccer’s Problem With Silver Medals

It was notable when Spain’s players kept their runner-up awards after losing a final. It shouldn’t be.

#chelsea-soccer-team, #enrique-luis-1970, #internal-sub-only, #manchester-united-soccer-team, #mourinho-jose, #soccer

What You Need to Know About the Latest Aspirin Recommendations

New recommendations about aspirin, heart health and colon cancer have left many people confused. Here’s what you need to know.

#aspirin, #colon-and-colorectal-cancer, #content-type-service, #heart, #internal-sub-only, #preventive-medicine, #united-states-preventive-services-task-force

California Homeowners Flex Their Political Muscle

The lasting power of neighborhood organizing.

#affordable-housing, #california, #city-councils, #hancock-park-los-angeles-calif, #hancock-park-homeowners-assn, #homeowners, #internal-sub-only, #los-angeles-calif, #politics-and-government, #raman-nithya, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-fernando-valley-calif, #sherman-oaks-calif, #sherman-oaks-homeowners-assn, #zoning

Where Biden Is Most Vulnerable

He said he knew how to get things moving. But we’re stalled.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #internal-sub-only, #polls-and-public-opinion, #states-us, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Nobel Awards for Real-World Economists

This year’s laureates showed us how to distinguish causation from correlation in the real world.

#economics-theory-and-philosophy, #internal-sub-only, #labor-and-jobs, #nobel-prizes, #wages-and-salaries

The Truth About How Instagram Affects Teen Girls’ Body Image

You can’t blame social media for everything.

#instagram-inc, #internal-sub-only, #parenting

Can Hollywood Adapt to Streaming?

More of us are watching movies at home. Will Hollywood ever adapt?

#internal-sub-only, #movies, #nondisclosure-agreements, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sexual-harassment, #theaters-buildings, #venture-capital, #whistle-blowers

Controversial Words You Can Use

The language police have gone too far.

#black-people, #discrimination, #english-language, #internal-sub-only, #language-and-languages

Inside Republicans’ Policy Rift With Corporate America

Corporations learn that extremism is not their friend.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #corporations, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #internal-sub-only, #republican-party

Will a Global Minimum Tax End the Tax Haven Race to the Bottom?

To crack down on tax havens, nations have agreed on a plan for a global minimum tax of 15 percent.

#corporate-taxes, #federal-taxes-us, #internal-sub-only, #organization-for-economic-cooperation-and-development, #tax-shelters

How to Help Kids Process the Trauma of Covid

We should resist the temptation to shield children from the realities of the pandemic.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #desantis-ron, #education-k-12, #internal-sub-only, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #taleb-nassim-nicholas

Trouble Comes for Big Tech

Will the industry finally have its feet held to the fire?

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #haugen-frances, #internal-sub-only, #kanter-jonathan-s, #ressa-maria, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #whistle-blowers

The Team Heard Round the World

The nationalization of sports tells a tale of American politics too.

#athletics-and-sports, #cincinnati-bengals, #dallas-cowboys, #football, #green-bay-packers, #internal-sub-only, #national-football-league, #politics-and-government

Wonking Out: Coins and Credibility

Biden should do whatever it takes to avoid default.

#economics-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-budget-us, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #internal-sub-only, #national-debt-us, #treasury-department, #united-states-economy

Bill Clinton, Race and the Politics of the 1990s

What does “popularism” look like in practice?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-bill, #democratic-party, #internal-sub-only, #race-and-ethnicity, #shor-david-1991, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

What Is Facebook Worth to Us?

All public policy is about tradeoffs. Tech regulation is no exception.

#computer-network-outages, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #internal-sub-only, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #whatsapp-inc, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Covid Rapid At-Home Tests: How Accurate Are They and Other Questions Answered

Regular home testing for coronavirus can lower risk, ease worry and allow you to live a more normal life.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-sub-only, #tests-medical

Tech Jobs Are Everywhere Now

New data show that companies are increasingly hiring outside of places like Silicon Valley.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-sub-only, #labor-and-jobs, #musk-elon, #relocation-of-business, #tai-katherine-1974, #telecommuting, #tesla-motors-inc, #urban-areas

Cultural Appropriation Can Be Beautiful

There has always been cultural melding between white and Black America.

#arlen-harold, #berlin-irving, #black-people, #blue-angel, #blues-music, #internal-sub-only, #jazz, #music, #race-and-ethnicity, #theater

The Enduring Importance of the 1965 Immigration Act

How Asians arrived in America.

#asian-americans, #chinese-americans, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #foreign-workers, #immigration-and-emigration, #internal-sub-only, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #korean-americans, #visas

Texas’ Toxic Heart

Its poisoned politics course through the nation’s bloodstream.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-sub-only, #law-and-legislation, #state-legislatures, #texas, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

What a Trillion-Dollar Coin Can Teach Us

It may be a gimmick, but it raises profound issues about the nature of money.

#currency, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #internal-sub-only, #national-debt-us, #treasury-department, #yellen-janet-l

How to Fix Facebook

This is a pivotal moment in Facebook’s history. Here are suggestions for how to improve the company.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #internal-sub-only, #social-media

Brazen Is the Order of the Day at Facebook

But how long can we wait for action against the social media company?

#computer-network-outages, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #initial-public-offerings, #internal-sub-only, #netflix-inc, #rent-the-runway, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Gender-Neutral Pronoun ‘They’ Causes a Stir

Readers argue against the usage of the gender-neutral “they,” but I’m not convinced.

#english-language, #gender, #gender-neutral, #grammar, #internal-sub-only, #nonbinary, #pronouns, #they

Worried About Low Interest Rates? Jane Austen Can Help.

What Jane Austen can teach us about monetary policy.

#austen-jane, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #england, #income-inequality, #interest-rates, #internal-sub-only, #pride-and-prejudice-book, #sense-and-sensibility-book