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I'm listening to a webinar on how the pandemic has given us all eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, depression. This is from grief. The longer it goes on, the less people are able to cope. And in each country the effects are different.
Algorithms using artificial intelligence are discovering unexpected tricks to solve problems that astonish their developers. But it is also raising concerns about our ability to control them. The gaggle of Google employees peered at their computer…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸Like a science fiction movie, artificial intelligence often takes its own trajectory to solve problems.
The Arizona Republic
Peiyu Lin, The Arizona Republic
– Feb 20, 6:00 AM
Francine Hardaway, an entrepreneur who has lived in Phoenix for 50 years, describes herself as 'a very active 79.' Before COVID-19, she used to go to San Francisco once a month and London twice a year to visit her children. In between, she's been…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸#yesPhx is in the news. If you know me, you know that I feel this way. Well, if it didn't save my life it at least kept me sane. Social media doesn't usually do that.
The Arizona Republic
Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic
– Feb 19, 7:00 AM
Arizona drivers heading out of town for the weekend wouldn't find road closures on Twitter. Parents curious about teacher conferences couldn't get updates on Facebook. Voters couldn't see updates from their city council representatives on…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸Are you kidding me? We ought to organize against this bill. Maybe silence politicans, but government agencies? How will we know anything local?
Last month the esteemed Oxford Internet Institute announced a major report on disinformation and “cyber troops” with a press release describing an 'industrial-scale problem.' Worldwide press coverage echoed claims that OII had…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸What is Truth? 'The private companies responsible for disinformation are understudied and underreported.' Media bias is nothing in the grand scheme of things. Northrup Grumman got a $500 million contract for psyops.
Forensic audits that Maricopa County commissioned to investigate the ballot tabulation machines used in the 2020 elections came back with a clean bill of health, finding no evidence of hacking, malware, vote switching or internet connectivity. The…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸I'm done with this election stuff. The elections may not have been fair, but it had nothing to do with voting machines. Now if. you want to talk gerrymandering, it can be a longer convo.
Not even two months into their reign as the majority party that controls the White House and both houses of Congress, key Democrats have made clear that one of their top priorities is censorship of divergent voices. On Saturday, I detailed how…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸This is one of the reasons I left the Democratic Party. This is totally crazy and just shows that the shit is flying from both sides.
Becker's Hospital Review
– Feb 19, 10:37 AM
HHS has waived some HIPAA requirements for Texas healthcare providers to assist in disaster relief after winter storms caused water and power outages across the state. HHS will not impose penalties on healthcare providers or their business…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸This exposes the fact that HIPAA has probably outlived its usefulness, and that most people don't understand it anyway. I mean, all those regs need updating.
Twitter announced a pair of big upcoming features today: the ability for users to charge their followers for access to additional content, and the ability to create and join groups based around specific interests. They're two of the more…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸How much would you pay for my tweets? And how does this compare to accepting advertising.
AP Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company's annual F8 developer conference in 2017. Facebook is discussing building facial recognition into its upcoming smart glasses product and has been weighing the legal implications of the…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸Of course it would be Facebook to have the first smart glasses with facial recognition, something Google had assiduously avoided turning on years ago.
By Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business
– Feb 25, 7:37 AM
New York(CNN Business) Costco will raise its starting rate for hourly store workers in the United States to $16 an hour, putting its starting wage above rivals such as Amazon, Target and Best Buy. Costco has around 180,000 US employees, and 90% of…
Francine Hardaway #ReUnitedStates🇺🇸Costco has always been a shining example of a good company to work for. Now I guess it has decided to consider a higher minimum wage as a competitive advantage.