Researchers say Google has laid low by refusing to share detailed data with researchers and letting Facebook get hit with most of the negative press.
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Palantir is the Rudy Giuliani of tech: Just give them a few minutes and they'll begin contradicting themselves in hopes that investors will ignore a central truth.
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To make sure you're getting a full cleaning whenever you brush your teeth, you'll need the best electric toothbrush. These are our top picks in 2020.
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The definition of "mainstream" in American cuisine is in perpetual motion, and so is the definition of what is outside of it, experts say.
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Galloway says that colleges are reopening to cash in on fall tuition, knowing full well they'll have to shut down before long.
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I took Scott Galloway's business strategy course online, and it gave me some great MBA insights for a fraction of the price I would have had to pay.
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The increase doesn't appear related to election results or to the spread of the coronavirus, writes Brett Goodin, a postdoctoral fellow at NYU.
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(New York University) Adolescents who perceive their parents to be loving and supportive are less likely to engage in cyberbullying, according to a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
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(NYU Tandon School of Engineering) The team, led by Maurizio Porfiri, Institute Professor at NYU Tandon, devised a novel approach to getting physically separated fish to interact with each other, leading to insights about what kinds of cues influence social behavior. The innovative system, called 'behavioral teleporting,' transfers the complete inventory of behaviors and actions (ethogram) of a live zebrafish onto a remotely located robotic replica swimming with another live fish.
(Carnegie Mellon University) People rarely use just one sense to understand the world, but robots usually only rely on vision and, increasingly, touch. Carnegie Mellon University researchers find that robot perception could improve markedly by adding another sense: hearing.
WeWork's membership dropped by 81,000 in the second quarter, per financial information sent to employees on Thursday.  The company's revenue increased 9% year-on-year to $882 million. SoftBank extended another $1.1 billion in debt financing in the second quarter, giving WeWork $4.1 billion in cash and unfunded cash commitments.  For more WeWork stories, click here. WeWork saw its membership number fall in the second quarter, but the coworking giant continued to add locations and nabbed a fresh $1.1 billion in financing from SoftBank.  The company lost 81,000 memberships over the second quarter, per financial highlights sent to employees on Thursday.  The company ended the second quarter with 612,000 memberships, down from 693,000 memberships at the start of the quarter. Now, WeWork's numbers are more in line with the third quarter of 2019, when it had 609,000 memberships.  "The numbers illustrate that similar to virtually every company around the world, COVID-19 has had an impact on our business," chief financial officer Kimberly Ross wrote in the Thursday email reviewed by Business Insider. "However, they also show our five year plan in action." WeWork's revenue ticked up in the second quarter to $882 million, a 9% increase year-on-year, as it continues a long-term restructuring plan. WeWork's first-quarter revenue came in at $1.1 billion, up 45% year-over-year.  Ross wrote that WeWork's financial position is "strong," strengthened by the $1.1 billion in new debt financing from lead investor SoftBank.  "Though revenue is down from Q1 due to COVID-19-related business disruptions, our overall financial foundation as well as our sales pipeline continues to grow stronger," Ross wrote in the email.  WeWork did not provide information on occupancy rates at its vast network of offices spread in cities across 38 countries.  See more: Wells Fargo is ditching a 750-person WeWork space, while Citi inked a deal with the flex-office giant far from a big city. Here's a look at how financial firms are retooling their real estate. Among the other data included in the WeWork email: Free cash outflow: $671 million, "an increase in outflows from Q1 but, notably, a nearly 50% improvement from our peak outflow of $1.3 billion in Q4'19." That cash outflow included $116 million in one-time restructuring costs, like severance for layoffs that affected at least hundreds of employees.  Overall footprint: 843 locations across 150 cities and 38 countries; up from 828 locations across 149 cities and 38 countries the previous quarter. Total memberships: 612,000, a 16% year-over-year increase. Enterprise – companies with more than 500 employees – made up 48% of those memberships, versus 45% last quarter. Enterprise customers like BlackRock can write bigger and more consistent checks than the entrepreneurs and freelancers who made up WeWork's original customer base.  See more: WeWork is ditching a major Manhattan office it hasn't even moved into yet — and it's the first big step in a turnaround that's put its entire real-estate portfolio under review WeWork, like other real estate and flexible-office providers, is grappling with the global effects of the pandemic on its business. The company has kept its US locations open and is reconfiguring spaces to include more sanitation and distance. It's eyed schools as one new customer base, offering more than 3,000 Chinese students at New York University the option to take fall classes in a Shanghai WeWork.  Earlier this month, WeWork starting allowing members to access any global location, as some customers look to return to an office, but perhaps not their home base.  The company is also in the process of bringing its New York employees back to the office, with a rolling plan that started in late June.  SoftBank has invested more than $10 billion in debt and equity in WeWork. At its height, the Japanese investor valued WeWork at $47 billion, but most recently valued the company at $2.9 billion.  SoftBank, WeWork, and some shareholders have been embroiled in a legal dispute for the last few months. As part of SoftBank's October bailout of WeWork, the investor agreed to a $3 billion stock buyback program and a $1.1 billion debt investment.  But SoftBank, citing multiple closing conditions that weren't met, backed out of the deal, which was set to close April 1. Two WeWork board members representing minority investors and cofounder Adam Neumann sued SoftBank in litigation that's expected to take months to complete. Last month, WeWork asked a judge to dismiss the suit from the pair of board members, saying they didn't have authority to sue on behalf of WeWork.  Have a tip? Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app Signal at +1 (646) 768-1627 using a non-work phone, email at [email protected], or Twitter DM at @MeghanEMorris. (PR pitches by email only, please.) You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.SEE ALSO: WeWork is leasing a big new office in Jersey City to house the headquarters of a planned spin-off from pharma giant Merck. Here's how the deal will work, and why it's a big win for the struggling coworking giant. READ MORE: WeWork faces 3 new discrimination and harassment lawsuits, including a complaint that says a manager brought knives and a crossbow to work SEE ALSO: WeWork is embracing big brokerage firms to help it fill space it gobbled up in NYC and Los Angeles. It's a key pivot for the coworking giant as leasing demand slows. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
(NYU Tandon School of Engineering) A multi-institution research team led by Andre ? D. Taylor, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering demonstrated a novel approach to MXene fabrication that could lead to methods for at-scale production of MXene freestanding films: drop-casting onto prepatterned hydrophobic substrates. Their method led to a 38% enhancement of EMI shielding efficiency over conventional methods.
French rideshare app BlaBlaCar, like its rivals Uber and Lyft, saw its business plummet during the coronavirus lockdown. A group of drivers, with the company's support, created BlaBlaHelp, a volunteer mutual-aid network that dropped off essential items to people in need. 20,000 people registered within 72 hours. The move highlights the cultural chasm that has emerged between BlaBlaCar and its gig economy rivals. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A month into the coronavirus quarantine, French rideshare company BlaBlaCar turned its users into a makeshift volunteer network. Instead of being paid for rides, drivers offered to deliver essential items to people who needed them by downloading BlaBlaHelp. This tech shortcut to mutual aid clearly struck a chord — 20,000 people registered within 72 hours and thousands have followed since.  The move highlighted the cultural chasm that has opened up, and is still widening, between the startup and its rivals, such as Uber and Lyft. BlaBlaCar launched in 2006 and now has a billion-dollar valuation. It has gained nearly 90 million users and expanded to 22 countries across four continents. Profits increased by 71% in 2019 as the company expanded operations to include buses (BlaBlaBus) and regular commutes (BlaBlaLines). The company announced BlaBlaRide, a scooter service, earlier this month. In other words, it's growing just as fast as its rivals — but it differs in two key areas.  Firstly, it focuses on carpooling, connecting drivers planning an intercity trip with passengers who have the same destination. Secondly, its drivers do it to cut costs, not make a profit. They are part of the sharing economy, not the gig economy — and pricing is designed to cover gas, wear and tear, and BlaBlaCar's operation fee (10-20% depending on the journey).  Because the company doesn't employ freelance taxi drivers, it has avoided many of the regulatory headaches Uber and Lyft have faced, particularly in Europe. But it, like other startups, has had a difficult year. Coronavirus nearly brought operations to a complete stop — the prospect of sharing a car with a stranger was either unappetizing or against lockdown rules. In France, where 40% of people aged 18-35 are BlaBlaCar users, the company was operating at less than 10% of normal capacity. Uber and Lyft were similarly devastated during lockdown — Uber lost nearly $1.8 billion in the second quarter of the year. BlaBlaHelp was the result of a week-long hackathon, which began after around 50 BlaBlaCar drivers decided they wanted to help others during the pandemic. The app connects volunteers, called Helpers, with neighbors in need of groceries or medication. To participate, a BlaBlaCar user just needs to connect their existing account to the BlaBlaHelp app. From there, others in the area can see a brief bio and their star rating, imported from BlaBlaCar. Once a Helper lists themselves as available, they are connected to a neighbor in need.  "We asked ourselves and our community how we could best contribute in these difficult times … Now it's over to the community to play their part," chief executive and co-founder Nicolas Brusson said in the company's official statement. BlaBlaCar charges a service fee per journey but BlaBlaHelp does not. Volunteers around the world advertise their help on the app. In the suburbs of Paris, Axelle says she "can get your groceries, pick up your packages, your medication, and more if you need it!" Lucia, in Madrid, says: "Just let me know what you need and where you are."  Mutual aid and the gig economy According to a study commissioned by BlaBlaCar in 2016, users see ridesharing as "a relationship of equals." Research conducted by New York University in partnership with the company showed similar results. Almost half of BlaBlaCar users say ridesharing has made them "more open to others," emphasizing the social nature of the platform. Uber's research on its users in 2015 revealed different motivations. "Driver-partners" use the app in order to "be their own boss". The research did not mention helping others as a motive. They have continued to drive, despite the danger of exposure to the virus, because they need money. Nearly two-thirds of Uber drivers who responded to a survey said they have no alternative source of income. As demand for rides plunged, Uber pledged 10 million rides and food deliveries to healthcare workers and people in need as part of its Move What Matters campaign. The company is also providing governments with user data to aid contact tracing.  But, in May, a survey by The Rideshare Guy blog found nearly 80% of drivers felt rideshare companies weren't doing enough to support them during the pandemic. Despite Lyft and Uber distributing money to drivers since the crisis began, critics have argued that financial assistance like sick pay should not be ad-hoc charity but an automatic right. "It's not in the same spirit at all. Uber isn't a cooperative mutual aid platform like BlaBlaCar," says driver Franck O'Clair, who has logged 343 trips in BlaBlaCar, but none for Uber. Perhaps this goodwill has contributed to BlaBlaCar's recovery. After coming to a near standstill in spring, the company has reported hundreds of thousands of bookings for summer vacations.  "I don't like to make money with BlaBlaCar because for me, that's not the point. I'm not a taxi driver, and the passengers aren't cash cows," O'Clair said. SEE ALSO: Uber reports a $1.78 billion loss as its food-delivery business outshines rides for the first time Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
(New York Genome Center) Neville Sanjana, Ph.D., Core Faculty Member at the New York Genome Center, Assistant Professor of Biology, New York University, and Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology, NYU School of Medicine, is the recipient of a 2020 Technology Impact Award from the Cancer Research Institute (CRI). Dr. Sanjana received this award to support his research study utilizing a new, high-throughput approach to overcome T-cell immunosuppression in pancreatic cancer.
We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.With a vaccine not looking likely this side of Christmas, scientists and health experts are scrabbling to find existing drugs that can help fight against the worst effects of Covid-19.The Recovery trial in the UK has already unearthed one game-changing drug, dexamethasone, and has crossed two other treatments off the list after they didn’t show any clinical benefits. The first is hydroxychloroquine, the drug fiercely advocated for by Donald Trump despite studies showing it’s not effective; the other is lopinavir-ritonavir, a drug commonly used to treat HIV. Related... How Close Are We To Getting A Coronavirus Vaccine? More than 11,500 Covid-19 patients from over 175 NHS hospitals in the UK have been enrolled on the trial with a view to finding treatments that reduce deaths and the need for mechanical ventilation.Here’s what you need to know about the drugs currently being tested, as well as those already in use for treating the virus.RemdesivirWhat is it?Remdesivir is an antiviral drug that was originally developed to treat ebola but was dropped from trials after other drugs were found to be more effective.What’s the deal? The experimental drug, produced by US pharmaceutical company Gilead, was revived as a potential treatment for coronavirus after animal trials showed it had some impact fighting other strains of coronavirus: MERs and SARs.The aim of antiviral drugs is to directly target a virus (such as Covid-19) and either kill it or prevent it from spreading.The drug is being trialled worldwide with data suggesting it can shorten recovery time by approximately four days in hospitalised patients. Results have also shown a small trend toward better survival rates for the drug – 8% of patients given remdesivir died, compared to 11.6% in the placebo group. However, scientists admitted the difference wasn’t significant enough to be sure it was down to the effect of the drug. The Department of Health and Social Care has approved the drug for limited use in the UK, which means it will be made available to selected patients in NHS hospitals.Related... Am I Immune To Covid-19 – And How Would I Know? DexamethasoneWhat is it? Dexamethasone is a type of steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation. It’s typically used to treat inflammatory conditions such as allergic disorders and skin conditions.What’s the deal? As part of the UK’s Recovery trial, 2,104 patients were given dexamethasone once a day for 10 days and outcomes compared with 4,321 patients receiving usual care. The steroid reduced deaths by one third in ventilated patients and by one fifth in other patients receiving oxygen. There was no benefit found among patients who did not require respiratory support.The drug works by suppressing the body’s immune response to Covid-19. This is important because in some people the immune system can go into complete overdrive and cause more havoc than the actual virus itself. As immunologist Dr Jenna Macciochi previously told HuffPost UK: “For some reason the natural brakes of our immune system fail and the inflammatory reaction overshoots.”This can result in blocked airways, overwhelmed organs, and can potentially lead to multi-organ failure and death. The steroid drug, however, is thought to suppress this process. Professor Peter Horby, an expert in emerging infectious diseases at University of Oxford and one of the chief investigators for the trial, said the survival benefit is “clear and large” in those patients sick enough to require oxygen treatment. Dexamethasone is the first drug shown to improve survival in Covid-19 and is already being used to tackle the virus by the NHS. Its use is still being studied in children and is not suitable for mild cases.Related... How Does Covid-19 Affect Your Immune System? SNG001What is it? SNG001 is an inhaled form of interferon beta, which is typically used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS). Interferon beta is a naturally occurring protein in the body which is made into a drug and used to reduce inflammation in the body.One of the key impacts of the coronavirus is suppressing the body’s production of interferon beta, Richard Marsden, CEO of Synairgen, the company behind SNG001, told the BBC. The aim of the drug is to put the protein straight into the lungs of Covid-19 patients to help give them a fighting chance. What’s the deal? A small clinical trial of the drug found it stopped the disease from progressing and in some cases sped up recovery. Patients who received SNG001 had a 79% lower risk of developing severe disease compared to placebo, and were more than twice as likely to recover from Covid-19 compared to those taking a placebo.Over the treatment period, the measure of breathlessness was markedly reduced in patients who received SNG001 compared to those receiving the placebo. And there were no deaths among subjects treated with SNG001, compared to three from the placebo group.The results haven’t been published in a peer-reviewed journal yet.AzithromycinWhat is it? A commonly used antibiotic with antiviral and immunomodulatory properties (which basically means it modifies the immune response or the functioning of the immune system). It’s traditionally used to treat different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as respiratory infections, skin infections, ear infections, eye infections, and sexually transmitted diseases.What’s the deal? Most studies to date have been conducted on hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a combination, so it’s been hard to gauge the drug’s potential as a treatment on its own. The reason it’s being trialled is because it’s thought azithromycin might have potential when it comes to handling the body’s immune response to Covid-19 and preventing it from going into overdrive (a key factor in most of treatments being trialled.)Professor Martin Landray, an expert in medicine and epidemiology at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, and deputy chief investigator of the Recovery trial, tells HuffPost UK: “Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic. In addition to their antimicrobial properties, macrolide antibiotics modify the response of the immune system by decreasing the production of cytokines, proteins that cause inflammation. In some patients, excessive levels of cytokines are released, resulting in a ‘cytokine storm’, a complication of Covid-19 which can kill the patient.“We hope that azithromycin will show positive benefit for hospitalised Covid-19 patients but whether there is a benefit can only be determined by testing the treatment through a randomised controlled trial. We do not anticipate results until later in the year.”Some experts are sceptical of whether the antibiotic will work. Writing in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases in June, Dr Jennifer Lighter and Dr Vanessa Raabe from New York University’s School of Medicine argued there is “no justifiable preclinical or clinical evidence” to suggest that the benefits of azithromycin for Covid-19 outweigh the risks of treatment, and warned that clinicians should stop prescribing it.Related... These 'Distance Aware' Badges And Lanyards Let Others Know To Keep 2m Away TocilizumabWhat is it? An anti-inflammatory treatment given by injection. It’s normally used to treat moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis in adults, as well as cytokine release syndrome (CRS), which is caused by an overactive immune response to certain types of blood cell treatments for cancer. What’s the deal? Tocilizumab is currently being trialled in the UK, and the timing of the results will depend on the scale of the epidemic in the coming months, Professor Landray tells HuffPost UK. The drug has had a promising impact in Italy where a study of adults with severe Covid-19 pneumonia who were admitted to hospital during the height of the pandemic found that out of 544 patients with severe Covid-19 pneumonia, 16% of patients in the standard care group needed mechanical ventilation, compared with 18% of patients treated with tocilizumab.One in five patients (20%) in the standard care group died, compared with 7% of patients treated with tocilizumab. The study’s authors concluded that treatment with tocilizumab “might reduce the risk of invasive mechanical ventilation or death in patients with severe Covid-19 pneumonia”.One concern is that taking the drug can lead to other bacterial infections in the body. The same study from Italy found 13% of patients treated with tocilizumab were diagnosed with new infections, compared with only 4% of patients treated with standard of care alone.Convalescent PlasmaWhat is it? Convalescent plasma is collected from donors, via their blood, who have recovered from Covid-19 and contains antibodies which help fight against the virus. The hope is that this antibody-rich plasma can be donated by recovered Covid patients and transfused into infected patients whose immune systems are struggling to fight the infection.What’s the deal? There is some limited evidence that patients might benefit from the use of convalescent plasma. Clinical trials are now underway in the UK to confirm whether transfusions are safe and effective for treating Covid-19.The first transfusion happened back in June and was given to a child – since then 300 people have received plasma. Professor Landray says: “We anticipate that much larger numbers will be needed before we have a clear result. Like the other treatments we are studying, there are good theoretical reasons to believe this treatment may be beneficial – but we need the evidence from this large randomised trial before we will know whether that hope is translated into real benefits for patients.”NHS Blood and Transplant is appealing for people who have recovered from Covid-19 or the symptoms, and who live near one of its 23 donor centres, to offer to donate their plasma by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visiting www.nhsbt.nhs.uk.Plasma donations from men are particularly welcomed, as figures show that 43% of male blood plasma donors have high antibodies, compared to 29% of women. Explaining why men might have a higher antibody count, Professor David Roberts, from NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Our studies and many others around the world show men with Covid-19 are more likely to become seriously ill than women. This makes them better plasma donors once they’ve recovered.”Researchers anticipate results from the plasma trial in the last quarter of 2020.Related... WHO Warns Coronavirus Pandemic Will Be 'One Big Wave' What We Know About The Long-Term Impact Of 'Mild' Covid-19 Flu Vaccine To Be Offered Free To 'Millions More' – Are GPs Ready?
(NYU Tandon School of Engineering) Elisa Riedo, professor at the New York University (NYU) Tandon school of Engineering led an international team that used thermal scanning probe lithography (t-SPL) to fabricate state-of-the-art "p-n junctions" on a single atomic layer of molybdeunum disulfide (MoS2) a transition metal dichalcogenide. The work, 'Spatial defects nanoengineering for bipolar conductivity in MoS2,' appears in Nature Communications.
Jack Dorsey cofounded Twitter in 2006, and the company has made him a billionaire. He is famous for his unusual life of luxury, including a daily fasting routine, regular ice baths, and a penchant for dating models. Dorsey holds two CEO jobs at Twitter and Square, and activist investor Elliott Management has threatened to oust him from Twitter. Dorsey is now on damage control following a massive July 15 hack on Twitter that compromised more than 100 accounts, including those of Elon Musk and Barack Obama.  A lawmaker is calling for Dorsey to join his fellow tech leaders of Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook in an antitrust hearing designed to investigate the firms' monopolistic grip of the market. Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories. From fighting armies of bots to quashing rumors about sending his beard hair to rapper Azealia Banks, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey leads an unusual life of luxury. Dorsey has had a turbulent career in Silicon Valley. After cofounding Twitter in 2006, he was booted as the company's CEO two years later, but returned in 2015 having set up his second company, Square. Since then, he has led the company through the techlash that has engulfed social media companies, at one point testifying before Congress alongside Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. His latest threat comes from Elliott Management, an activist investor seeking Dorsey's removal from Twitter, per Bloomberg reporting. The firm holds substantial stock in Twitter and four board seats. And on July 15, hackers compromised 130 Twitter accounts, including those of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Kanye West, in a bitcoin scam. The hack exposed the security risks of the platform, and now a lawmaker is calling upon Dorsey to appear in an upcoming antitrust hearing that will feature the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Dorsey has elsewhere provoked his fair share of controversy and criticism, extolling fasting and ice baths as part of his daily routine. His existence is not entirely spartan, however. Like some other billionaires, he owns a stunning house, dates models, and drives fast cars. Scroll on to read more about the fabulous life of Jack Dorsey. Rebecca Borison and Madeline Stone contributed reporting to an earlier version of this story.SEE ALSO: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says the company will build support for a more remote workforce as concentrating employees in San Francisco 'is not serving us any longer' Dorsey began programming while attending Bishop DuBourg High School in St. Louis. At age 15, Dorsey wrote dispatch software that is still used by some taxi companies. Source: Bio. When he wasn't checking out specialty electronics stores or running a fantasy football league for his friends, Dorsey frequently attended punk-rock concerts. These days Dorsey doesn't favour the spiky hairdo. Source: The Wall Street Journal Like many of his fellow tech billionaires, Dorsey never graduated college. He briefly attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology and transferred to New York University before calling it quits. Source: Bio. In 2000, Dorsey built a simple prototype that let him update his friends on his life via BlackBerry and email messaging. Nobody else really seemed interested, so he put away the idea for a bit. Source: The Unofficial Stanford Blog Fun fact: Jack Dorsey is also a licensed masseur. He got his license in about 2002, before exploding onto the tech scene. Sources: The Wall Street Journal He got a job at a podcasting company called Odeo, where he met his future Twitter cofounders. Odeo went out of business in 2006, so Dorsey returned to his messaging idea, and Twitter was born. On March 21, 2006, Dorsey posted the first tweet. Dorsey kept his Twitter handle simple, "@jack." Dorsey and his cofounders, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, bought the Twitter domain name for roughly $7,000. Dorsey took out his nose ring to look the part of a CEO. He was 30 years old. A year later, Dorsey was already less hands-on at Twitter. By 2008, Williams had taken over as CEO, and Dorsey transitioned to chairman of Twitter's board. Dorsey immediately got started on new projects. He invested in Foursquare and launched a payments startup called Square that lets small-business owners accept credit card payments through a smartphone attachment. Sources: Twitter and Bio. In 2011, Dorsey got the chance to interview US President Barack Obama in the first Twitter Town Hall. Dorsey had to remind Obama to keep his replies under 140 characters, Twitter's limit at the time. Source: Twitter Twitter went public in November 2013, and within hours Dorsey was a billionaire. In 2014 Forbes pegged Dorsey's net worth at $2.2 billion. As of March of this year he was worth roughly $5.1 billion. Source: Bio. and Forbes It was revealed in a 2019 filing that Dorsey earned just $1.40 for his job as Twitter CEO the previous year. The $1.40 salary actually represented a pay rise for Dorsey, who in previous years had refused any payment at all. He's far from the only Silicon Valley mogul to take a measly salary, Mark Zuckerberg makes $1 a year as CEO of Facebook. Dorsey does, however, hold Twitter shares worth $557 million at the time of the filing. Source: Business Insider He might have been worth more had he not given back 10% of his stock to Square. This helped Square employees, giving them more equity and stock options. It was also helpful in acquiring online food-delivery startup Caviar. Sources: Business Insider and Caviar With his newfound wealth, he bought a BMW 3 Series, but reportedly doesn't drive it often. "Now he's able to say, like, 'The BMW is the only car I drive, because it's the best automotive engineering on the planet,' or whatever," Twitter cofounder Biz Stone told The New Yorker in 2013. Source: The New Yorker He also reportedly paid $9.9 million for this seaside house on El Camino Del Mar in the exclusive Seacliff neighborhood of San Francisco. The house has a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, which Dorsey views as a marvel of design. Source: Business Insider He works from home one day a week. In an interview with journalist Kara Swisher conducted over Twitter, Dorsey said he works every Tuesday out of his kitchen. He also told Kara Swisher that Elon Musk is his favourite Twitter user. Dorsey said Musk's tweets are, "focused on solving existential problems and sharing his thinking openly." He added that he enjoys all the "ups and downs" that come with Musk's sometimes unpredictable use of the site. Musk himself replied, tweeting his thanks and "Twitter rocks!" followed by a string of random emojis. Source: Business Insider Facebook CEO and rival Mark Zuckerberg once served Jack Dorsey a goat he killed himself. Dorsey told Rolling Stone about the meal, which took place in 2011. Dorsey said the goat was served cold, and that he personally stuck to salad. Source: Rolling Stone His eating habits have raised eyebrows. Appearing on a podcast run by a health guru who previously said that vaccines caused autism, Dorsey said he eats one meal a day and fasts all weekend. He said the first time he tried fasting it made him feel like he was hallucinating. "It was a weird state to be in. But as I did it the next two times, it just became so apparent to me how much of our days are centered around meals and how — the experience I had was when I was fasting for much longer, how time really slowed down," he said. The comments drew fierce criticism from many who said Dorsey was normalizing eating disorders. In a later interview with Wired Dorsey said he eats seven meals a week, "just dinner." Sources: Business Insider, The New Statesman In the early days of Twitter, Dorsey aspired to be a fashion designer. Dorsey would regularly don leather jackets and slim suits by Prada and Hermès, as well as Dior Homme reverse-collar dress shirts, a sort of stylish take on the popped collar. More recently he favours edgier outfits, including the classic black turtleneck favoured by Silicon Valley luminaries like Steve Jobs. Sources: CBS News and The Wall Street Journal He also re-introduced the nose-ring and grew a beard. Dorsey seems to care less about looking the part of a traditional CEO these days. Singer Azealia Banks claimed to have been sent clippings of Dorsey's beard hair to fashion into a protective amulet, although Dorsey denied this happened. In 2016 Banks posted on her now-deleted Twitter account that Dorsey sent her his hair, "in an envelope." Dorsey later told the HuffPo that the beard-posting incident never happened. Sources: Business Insider and HuffPo Dorsey frequently travels the world and shares his photos with his 4 million Twitter followers. On his travels, Dorsey meets heads of state, including Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. Source: Twitter Tweets about his vacation in Myanmar also provoked an outcry. Dorsey tweeted glowingly about a vacation he took to Myanmar for his birthday in December 2018. "If you're willing to travel a bit, go to Myanmar," he said. This came at the height of the Rohingya crisis, and Dorsey was attacked for his blithe promotion of the country — especially since social media platforms were accused of having been complicit in fuelling hatred towards the Rohingya. Source: Business Insider However, Dorsey says he doesn't care about "looking bad." In a bizarre Huffington Post interview, Dorsey was asked whether Donald Trump — an avid tweeter — could be removed from the platform if he called on his followers to murder a journalist. Dorsey gave a vague answer which drew sharp criticism. Following the interview's publication, Dorsey said he doesn't care about "looking bad." "I care about being open about how we're thinking and about what we see," he said. In September 2018, Jack Dorsey was grilled by lawmakers alongside Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Dorsey and Sandberg were asked about election interference on Twitter and Facebook as well as alleged anti-conservative bias in social media companies. Source: Business Insider During the hearing, Dorsey shared a snapshot of his spiking heart rate on Twitter. Dorsey was in the hot seat for several hours. His heart rate peaked at 109 beats per minute. Source: Business Insider When he's not in Washington, Dorsey regularly hops in and out of ice baths and saunas. Dorsey said in the "Tales of the Crypt" podcast that he started using ice baths and saunas in the evenings around 2016. He will alternately sit in his barrel sauna for 15 minutes and then switch to an ice bath for three. He repeats this routine three times, before finishing it off with a one-minute ice bath. He also likes to take an icy dip in the mornings to wake him up. Source: CNBC Dorsey's dating life has sparked intrigue. In 2018, he was reported to be dating Sports Illustrated model Raven Lyn Corneil. Page Six reported in September last year that the pair were spotted together at the Harper's Bazaar Icons party during New York Fashion Week. Page Six also reported that Dorsey's exes included actress Lily Cole and ballet dancer Sofiane Sylve. Source: Page Six He's a big believer in cryptocurrency, frequently tweeting about its virtues. In particular, Dorsey is a fan of Bitcoin, which he described in early 2019 as "resilient" and "principled." He told the "Tales of the Crypt" podcast in March that he was maxing out the $10,000 weekly spending limit on Square's Cash App buying up Bitcoin. Source: Business Insider and CNBC   At the end of 2019 Dorsey said he would move to Africa for at least three months in 2020. Dorsey's announcement followed a tour of Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa. "Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I'll be living here for 3-6 months mid 2020," he tweeted. Dorsey then came under threat of being ousted as Twitter CEO by activist investor Elliott Management. Both Bloomberg and CNBC reported in late February 2020 that major Twitter investor Elliott Management — led by Paul Singer — was seeking to replace Dorsey.  Reasons given included the fact that Dorsey splits his time between two firms by acting as CEO to both Twitter and financial tech firm Square, as well as his planned move to Africa. Source: Business Insider Tesla CEO and frequent Twitter user Elon Musk weighed in on the news, throwing his support behind Dorsey. "Just want to say that I support @jack as Twitter CEO," Musk tweeted, adding that Dorsey has a good heart using the heart emoji. Source: Business Insider Dorsey managed to strike a truce with Elliott Management. Twitter announced on March 9 that it had reached a deal with Elliott Management which would leave Jack Dorsey in place as CEO. The deal included a $1 billion investment from private equity firm Silver Lake, and partners from both Elliott Management and Silver Lake joined Twitter's board. Patrick Pichette, lead independent director of Twitter's board, said he was "confident we are on the right path with Jack's leadership," but added that a new temporary committee would be formed to instruct the board's evaluation of Twitter's leadership. On April 7, Dorsey announced that he was forming a new charity fund that would help in global relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Dorsey said he would pour $1 billion of his own Square equity into the fund, or roughly 28% of his total wealth.  The fund, dubbed Start Small LLC, will first focus on helping in the fight against the coronavirus disease, which has spread across the globe and infected more than 1.3 million people. The CEO said he will be making all transactions on behalf of the fund public in a spreadsheet. On July 15, hackers compromised 130 Twitter accounts in a bitcoin scam. The accounts of high-profile verified accounts belonging to Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian West, and others were hacked, with attackers tweeting out posts asking users to send payment in bitcoin to fraudulent cryptocurrency addresses. As a solution, Twitter temporarily blocked all verified accounts — those with blue check marks on their profiles — but the damage was done.     The hack is one of the largest of its kind in Twitter's history. The site's apparent vulnerability to security breaches prompted Republican lawmaker Jim Jordan to ask for Dorsey to join an upcoming antitrust hearing. It's unclear if he will attend the hearing, which is designed to investigate whether Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google have engaged in anti-competitive business practices to maintain their dominance of the market.
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While the NYU professor believes that the technique has played an important role in advancing AI, he also thinks the field’s current overemphasis on it may well lead to its demise.From a technical perspective, deep learning may be good at mimicking the perceptual tasks of the human brain, like image or speech recognition.But it falls short on other tasks, like understanding conversations or causal relationships.Already there have been innumerable examples of this: hate speech detectors that are easy to fool, job application systems that perpetuate discrimination, and self-driving cars that have crashed, sometimes killing the driver or a pedestrian.General AI also ought to be able to work just as comfortably reasoning about politics as reasoning about medicine.And I make a lot of inferences around them to guide my everyday actions.
The idea is simple: Carbon pollution is making the Earth uninhabitable, but companies have no incentive to stop polluting because they’re sociopathic.So slap a fee on every tonne emitted, and it should (in theory) cause companies to find other, less polluting ways of producing widgets, sprockets, and whatnot.But a paper published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences turns that logic on its head, suggesting the price should start high and, after a few years of ramping up, decline over time.Splinter’s Hamilton Nolan is a proponent; Republicans in the US Congress have sponsored carbon tax legislation numerous times (though it’s gone nowhere); and a bipartisan bunch of economists are into it.The general structure is that the price per tonne of carbon would start low (around $35-$40 in the US, for reference) and rise each year thereafter.But the new research suggests that thinking could be all backwards.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are complex subjects and while you might see them being mentioned every day, you might not necessarily understand how they work.Two years ago, Google launched a site called Teachable Machine, which let you train a simple model using their camera without any code.Now, it’s launching an updated version so you can train more advanced models.The new model, not only lets you define more than three classes, it also allows you to use images, audio clips, pose data, or your own dataset for the training.Here are some of the most prominent features of the updated Teachable Machine:Train a model on image data
Officials around the United States have spent the last three years scrambling to harden election and voting infrastructure against the disinformation campaigns, phishing attacks, and system probing that plagued 2016.With exactly one year to go until the 2020 presidential election, local and state boards of election have made significant progress on improving digital defenses.But researchers and election integrity advocates continue to sound the alarm that some of the most important changes—like replacing insecure voting machines and hiring necessary personnel—can't happen without more funding from Congress.They are particularly suited in some ways to aid campaigns, which are lightweight, temporary organizations by nature."I’ve heard election officials in particular say that they are bombarded with offers from private vendors to help with cybersecurity, and often feel like they have no basis for determining who to trust," says Lawrence Norden, deputy director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program at New York University School of Law.Private vendors aren't the only option for election officials and candidates.
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