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Covid-19 expanded telemedicine measures that we’ve needed for years

Coronavirus got its devastating foothold in the US in part because of the dated and inadequate infrastructure of healthcare for older Americans. It took a pandemic to spur change.
Automation May Take Jobs—but AI Will Create Them

Automation May Take Jobs—but AI Will Create Them

A Silicon Valley executive returns home to the rural South to see for himself the ways in which AI is affecting the local economy.
My Phone Keeps Me Sane During This Crisis … and Insane, Too

My Phone Keeps Me Sane During This Crisis … and Insane, Too

What happens when the only device that can make you stop crying is exactly the device that is making you cry?

The coronavirus crisis proves reasonable workplace accessibility has been possible all along

For ages, employees with disabilities have been asking for changes that companies have made in a matter of weeks in response to coronavirus.
The Dangers of Moving All of Democracy Online

The Dangers of Moving All of Democracy Online

To protect governments as well as people’s rights from coronavirus, we need to use tech as a scalpel, not a sledgehammer.
What Plant-Based Burgers Can Teach Us About Saving the Planet

What Plant-Based Burgers Can Teach Us About Saving the Planet

Implementing radical climate solutions is less a technological project than an anthropological one—one that goes all the way down into our beliefs about food.
The Relief Package Ushers In Trump's Planned Economy

The Relief Package Ushers In Trump's Planned Economy

Our success in combating the pandemic and restarting the economy will depend on this administration's choices—and political pressure from citizens.
Covid-19 Is Our 9/11. Who Will Be Our Rudy Giuliani?

Covid-19 Is Our 9/11. Who Will Be Our Rudy Giuliani?

The scale of the Covid-19 crisis is dwarfing the leaders confronting it.

Children’s music never broke through in China, but coronavirus may change that

China's first (and only) international kid-friendly music festival is among the country's startups nimble enough to weather the coronavirus storm.
This Pandemic Is Perilously Boring

This Pandemic Is Perilously Boring

It's far from being the most important source of human suffering. But the rapid spread of boredom across the world is a crisis of its own.
People Read a Lot of Covid News—but It Won't Save the Media

People Read a Lot of Covid News—but It Won't Save the Media

Yes, everyone is hungry for information about the pandemic. But media's ability to monetize that readership is dissolving. Time for policymakers to act.
It's Time to Face Facts, America: Masks Work

It's Time to Face Facts, America: Masks Work

Official advice has been confusing, but the science isn't hard to grok. Everyone should cover up.
This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For

This Is Not the Apocalypse You Were Looking For

Pop culture has been inundated with catastrophe porn for decades. None of it has prepared us for our new reality.

The borderless nature of gaming is allowing esports to thrive during coronavirus

The inherently borderless nature of gaming is coming into play in a new way in the coronavirus economy; and it's not just because esports are online.
‘Star Trek: Picard,’ Fancy Sheets, and the Meaning of Home

‘Star Trek: Picard,’ Fancy Sheets, and the Meaning of Home

In the show’s first season, the aging explorer, played by Patrick Stewart, returns to the final frontier on a journey of remembrance.
AI Can Help Scientists Find a Covid-19 Vaccine

AI Can Help Scientists Find a Covid-19 Vaccine

Artificial intelligence has already played a vital role in the outbreak since day 1—a reminder for the first time in a while that it can be a tool for good.
The Science of This Pandemic Is Moving at Dangerous Speeds

The Science of This Pandemic Is Moving at Dangerous Speeds

Much of the research that emerges in the coming weeks will turn out to be unreliable, even wrong. We'll be OK if we remember that.
Always-on display finally coming to OnePlus phones

Always-on display finally coming to OnePlus phones

After years of requests and waffling, the company has promised it's "on our roadmap" Although the company has been teasing us with the idea for almost a year now, OnePlus has just announced that a
Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

Silicon Valley Is Saving Us—for Now

But let's not get too attached to nifty tools that help us cope with isolation.

Coronavirus is blocking the painstaking path to equal pay in sports

The US women’s soccer team battled for equal pay for a year. Then coronavirus happened.