Posts Tagged ‘quote’

Is the Coronavirus as Deadly as They Say? – WSJ

April 5, 2020

Interesting analysis, illustrating selection bias

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On or around Jan. 31, countries sent planes to evacuate citizens from Wuhan, China. When those planes landed, the passengers were tested for Covid-19 and quarantined. After 14 days, the percentage who tested positive was 0.9%. If this was the prevalence in the greater Wuhan area on Jan. 31, then, with a population of about 20 million, greater Wuhan had 178,000 infections, about 30-fold more than the number of reported cases. The fatality rate, then, would be at least 10-fold lower than estimates based on reported cases.

The best (albeit very weak) evidence in the U.S. comes from the National Basketball Association. Between March 11 and 19, a
substantial number of NBA players and teams received testing. By March 19, 10 out of 450 rostered players were positive. Since not everyone was tested, that represents a lower bound on the prevalence of 2.2%. T… But if we extend that lower-bound assumption to cities with NBA teams (population 45 million), we get at least 990,000 infections in the U.S. …These numbers imply a fatality rate from Covid-19 orders of magnitude smaller than it appears.
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https://www.wsj.com/articles/is-the-coronavirus-as-deadly-as-they-say-11585088464

Dr. Tom Frieden: There’s a long war ahead and our Covid-19 response must adapt – CNN

April 1, 2020

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/20/health/coronavirus-response-must-adapt-frieden-analysis

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Massively scale up telemedicine. We need to reduce the number of people attending health care facilities while at the same time preserving and improving health.

Adapt to a new normal. The Covid-19 pandemic will change our world forever. Until it is controlled, we will all need to change how we wash our hands, cover our coughs, greet others and how close we come to others. We will rethink the need for meetings and conferences. We will need broadband for all as a public utility like mail or water. We will need to support the vulnerable, even if only because their illness can risk our health.
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Governors Tell Outsiders From ‘Hot Zone’ to Stay Away as Virus Divides States – The New York Times

March 26, 2020

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/us/coronavirus-united-states.html
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On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, a Republican, signed an executive order requiring a 14-day quarantine of anyone who had arrived from the New York region over the past three weeks. All new arrivals will have to report names of people they have contact with to public health officials so they can trace those people as well, he said.
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Artificial Intelligence Will Serve Humans, Not Enslave Them – Scientific American

February 29, 2020

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/artificial-intelligence-will-serve-humans-not-enslave-them/

Interesting discussion of the development of “Digital Doubles” as a kind of computational subconscious for each person, residing in the cloud

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SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN SEPTEMBER 2018

Artificial Intelligence Will Serve Humans, Not Enslave Them
AI will serve our species, not control it
By Pedro Domingos
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Humans are the only animals that build machines. By doing so, we expand our capabilities beyond our biological limits. Tools turn our hands into more versatile appendages. Cars let us travel faster, and airplanes give us wings. Computers endow…
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98.6 Degrees Fahrenheit Isn’t the Average Anymore – WSJ

February 28, 2020

https://www.wsj.com/articles/98-6-degrees-fahrenheit-isnt-the-average-any-more-11579257001

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Today, they say, the average normal human-body temperature is closer to 97.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
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Can the Manufacturer of Tasers Provide the Answer to Police Abuse? | The New Yorker

February 1, 2020

Can the Manufacturer of Tasers Provide the Answer to Police Abuse
https://newyorker.com/magazine/2018/08/27/can-the-manufacturer-of-tasers-provide-the-answer-to-police-abuse… Article has a good quote/point: “Smith assembled an AI Ethics Board… His lead AI researcher…told him that he wouldn’t be able to hire the best engineers without [such] a board.”

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Recently, Smith assembled an A.I. Ethics Board, to help steer Axon’s decisions. (His lead A.I. researcher, recruited from Uber, told him that he wouldn’t be able to hire the best engineers without an ethics board.) Smith told me, “I don’t want to wake up like the guy Nobel, who spent his life making things that kill people, and then, at the end of his life, it’s, like, ‘O.K., I have to buy my way out of this.’ ”
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https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/08/27/can-the-manufacturer-of-tasers-provide-the-answer-to-police-abuse

Paul Singer, Doomsday Investor

February 1, 2020

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“He had also written a farewell letter. “I believe that working for something larger than yourself is the greatest thing a human can do. A family, a cause, a company, a country—these things give shape and purpose to an otherwise mechanical and brief human existence,” the letter read. “The downside about things that are larger than ourselves, of course, is that we who have the privilege of serving them ourselves are fungible. It is the fundamental definition. You can’t have the grace of the one without the other.””
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Paul Singer, Doomsday Investor
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/08/27/paul-singer-doomsday-investor

Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia

January 27, 2020

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““From time to time, snippets of audio do go back to [other apps like Facebook’s] servers but there’s no official understanding what the triggers for that are,” explains Peter. “Whether it’s timing or location-based or usage of certain functions, [apps] are certainly pulling those microphone permissions and using those periodically. All the internals of the applications send this data in encrypted form, so it’s very difficult to define the exact trigger.””
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Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/wjbzzy/your-phone-is-listening-and-its-not-paranoia

Do You Know If Milk Is an Acid or a Base?

January 25, 2020

https://www.thoughtco.com/milk-an-acid-or-a-base-607361

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It’s easy to get confused about whether milk is an acid or a base, especially when you consider that some people drink milk or take calcium to treat an acidic stomach. Actually, milk has a pH of around 6.5 to 6.7, which makes it slightly acidic. Some sources cite milk as being neutral since it is so close to the neutral pH of 7.0. However, milk contains lactic acid, which is a hydrogen donor or proton donor. If you test milk with litmus paper, you’ll get a neutral to a slightly acidic response.
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pH Of Yogurt – Is It Basic Or Acidic? – Discover Food Tech

January 25, 2020

https://discoverfoodtech.com/ph-of-yogurt-is-it-basic-or-acidic/
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Generally, the pH of yogurt is in the range of 4-4.6, averagely 4.4. “}}