America’s Sick Priorities

by Finian Cunningham – Americans are crying out for urgent economic assistance to cope with unemployment and to put food on the table for their families, and yet their Congress is still wrangling and delaying over passing a pandemic relief bill because “it would cost too much”.

Finland first in Europe to use dogs to detect Covid-19

In Finland, dogs are providing a cheap, fast and effective alternative method of testing people for Covid-19. Around 100 travellers a day and 2200 per month have been queuing up for the test since the booth was set up in September. Testing has shown an accuracy level of nearly 100% even 5 days before actual symptoms appear.

The Dark Side of Big Tech’s Funding for AI Research

Last week, prominent Google artificial intelligence researcher Timnit Gebru said she was fired by the company after managers asked her to retract or withdraw her name from a research paper, and she objected. Google maintains that she resigned, and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said in a company memo on Wednesday that he would investigate what happened.