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This podcast provides daily updated information on the spread and containment of the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) including confirmed cases, mortality rates and significant news on its global spread and mitigation, with focus on events in the United States. Please write a nice review. Information sources: U.S. CDC, Johns Hopkins University, WHO And from these major news publications (with credit attribution): Associated Press Thomas-Reuters The Epoch Times Executive Producer James Watkins is a 3 ...
 
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Most of our discussions about how “technology will change the world” focus on the global cities that drive the world economy. Even when we talk about China, we focus on its major cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Xiaowei Wang corrects this metronormativity in their recent book Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China's Coun…
 
In this special report we look at two datasets, new cases and average deaths, as both tell a more accurate story of the true impact of Coronavirus. Most media avoid telling people that death counts are dropping, in large part because therapy has drastically approved. More people are leaving the hospital because of better treatment. Follow us online…
 
Monopoly, Solitaire, football and Minecraft are all games, but for C. Thi Nyugen they are also an art form – specifically, the art form of agency, our capacity to set goals and pursue them. In Games: Agency as Art (Oxford UP, 2020), Nguyen argues that a game designer sculpts agency by specifying the goals and abilities of the potential player – wha…
 
Are robots going to be our overlords? In Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines (RosettaBooks, 2020), Jamie Merisotis says they don't have to be. We can make them our friends. Jamie Merisotis is a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, education, and public policy. Since 2008, he’s served as president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, an independ…
 
This is the second episode of a two-part conversation with Hodgson, and in it we pick up our conversation on anticipatory systems and the role they play in ‘decision integrity’. Hodgson then talks about the second half of the book which focuses on “developing latent capacities beyond the analytical rational” and offers possibilities for more enligh…
 
The digital age has thrown questions of representation, participation and humanitarianism back to the fore, as machine learning, algorithms and big data centres take over the process of mapping the subjugated and subaltern. Since the rise of Google Earth in 2005, there has been an explosion in the use of mapping tools to quantify and assess the nee…
 
LOOKING AT THE TOP FIVE STATES MOST HARD HIT IN RECENT MONTHS… CALIFORNIA, WHICH HAS RECORDED THE MOST CASES WITH 858,000 NEW DAILY CASE AVERAGE IS 3200 AT ITS PEAK IN AUGUST IT 11,000 CASES A DAY WERE BEING REPORTED… DAILY DEATHS ARE AVERAGE 59 PEOPLE A DAY, DOWN FROM 140 DEATHS PER DAY AVERAGE ON AUGUST 14TH, TWO MONTHS AGO… TEXAS, DAILY NEW CASE…
 
Today I spoke with Dr Margaret Heffernan about her latest book, Uncharted: How to Map and Navigate the Future Together (Simon and Schuster, 2020). Margaret produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she became a businesswomen. She is the author of six books and a successful TED Talk speaker. She is also a Professor…
 
Many assume that information technology will one day clear away the “fog of war.” But as Jon Lindsay shows in Information Technology and Military Power (Cornell UP, 2020), the digitization of warfare can also increase confusion and misunderstanding. To understand why, it is important to understand the micro-foundations of military power in the info…
 
In the view of Anthony Hodgson, fragmentation of local and global societies is escalating, and this is aggravating vicious cycles. To heal the rifts, Hodgson believes we need to reintroduce the human element into our understandings – whether the context is civic or scientific – and strengthen truth-seeking in decision-making; and that the applicati…
 
In this most recent Coronavirus Update we look at the 7 to 10 day trends to assess the growth and death rates across the globe and in the U.S. Highlights of this report includes: Total Global Cases and Fatalities Hard-hit countries and how they are trending UK and France Trends - is there a 2nd Wave? U.S. Case counts and death trends in the hard hi…
 
The online journal Theory & Event has published a special supplement which focuses on the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this year. Nine essays attempt to examine the situation from a number of angles. Guest editor Melvin Rogers, an associate professor of Political Science and African American Studies…
 
How are algorithms changing journalism? In Metrics at Work: Journalism and the Contested Meaning of Algorithms (Princeton University Press), Angèle Christin, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, explores the impact of metrics and analytics on the newsrooms of New York and Paris. Using an ethnography of t…
 
Health and Human Services Director Alex Azar and Dr Stephen Hahn, FDA Commissioner, both presented an update on what is described as promising treatment of COVID 19 patients with a 35% reduction in fatality rates when former patients who have recovered from COVID 19 donate blood plasma which is used in therapy for serious COVID 19 patients. Here is…
 
Despite stereotypes of colleges and universities still stuck in the age of the blackboard and sage-on-stage lectures, a quiet revolution has been taking place on America’s campuses led by a diverse group of learning innovators. Digital technology is one catalyst for this “turn to learning,” but professionals leading the charge include instructional…
 
Those who have followed this podcast in the past, and those who follow developments in cybernetics in the present, will be no strangers to the name Ranulph Glanville. This brilliant, multiple-PhD holding polymath who co-mingled cybernetics with ethics, pedagogy, and, above all, design, has, through his voluminous body of ground-breaking papers, had…
 
22 MILLION CASES AS OF TODAY 14.8 MILLION PEOPLE RECOVERED 778,000 COVID RELATED DEATHS WORLDWIDE SERIOUS CASES REPRESENT LESS THAN 1% ACCORDING THR WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DAILY NEW CASES DROPPED BY FIFTY THOUSAND TO 198,000 NEW CASES, ITS THE FIRST TIME SINCE AUGUST 5TH THAT NEW CASE COUTS FOR ONE DAY WERE UNDER 200,000 NEW DEATHS DROPPED FOR A…
 
How can we understand computerization as a social process? Life by Algorithms: How Roboprocesses Are Remaking Our World (University of Chicago Press, 2019) is a timely and welcome edited volume in which a set of interdisciplinary contributors explore how people make automated processes work, and how these systems reciprocally transform everyday lif…
 
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, boosters of digital educational technologies emphasized that these platforms are vital tools for cultivating global citizenship, connecting students across borders, and creating a participatory learning environment. In Bring the World to the Child: Technologies of Global Citizenship in American Education (MIT Pres…
 
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