“Technologies can be liberating, but it can also be a tool of coercion and control.”
— Noam Chomsky
8:48 pm • 19 October 2014
How one boy with autism became BFF's with Apple's Siri
I happened to be doing this when Gus was nearby. “Why would anyone need to know what planes are flying above your head?” I muttered. Gus replied without looking up: “So you know who you’re waving at, Mommy.”
5:36 pm • 19 October 2014
A hospital from hell, in a city swamped by Ebola
As the Ebola epidemic intensifies across parts of West Africa, nations and aid agencies are pledging to respond with increasing force. But the disease has already raced far ahead of the promises, sweeping into areas that had been largely spared the onslaught and are not in the least prepared for it.
The consequences in places like Makeni, one of Sierra Leone’s largest cities, have been devastating.
“The whole country has been hit by something for which it was not ready,” said Dr. Amara Jambai, director of prevention and control at Sierra Leone’s health ministry.
11:12 am • 17 October 2014
“Who can believe America is a force for good in that part of the world when we have just blown the whole place up – and left a failed state in our wake?”
— Andrew Sullivan
8:48 pm • 15 September 2014
“With so many large and growing problems in the world – hunger, disease, climate change, homelessness, chronic unemployment – why are America’s leading tech companies, each overflowing with talent and creativity and with hundreds of billions of dollars to spare, coming up with such trivial solutions to non-problems?”
— Robert Reich
8:48 pm • 14 September 2014