The U.S. healthcare system, with its emphasis on tests and interventions to treat individual illness rather than on prevention, is the most expensive in the world with only modest levels of health outcomes and life expectancy compared to similarly wealthy countries. Integrating better diets and more physical activity into everyday urban life can help Americans become healthier more effectively, and at less cost. … [Read more...] about How cities are making the obesity epidemic worse
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One of the more prominent vacancies was an abandoned 19th-century stone building, its roof excised by decay over the years, consumed by vines and graffiti. Originally the home of the park superintendent for nearby Druid Hill, one of the largest urban parks in the country, the abandoned structure sat empty for decades on a triangular, nine-acre section of land. It resembled a haunted house perched on the hill, a too-real apparition of a time long gone, when parks and recreation centers for city residents had been funded through a then-innovative tax on the public trolley system. What had been a well-used public space devolved into another dead zone after it was amputated from the neighborhood and bounded by busy roads. How do you find investment for a place like this? … [Read more...] about Designing Buildings Open To—Not Hiding From—Baltimore’s Streets
Enter AI Theoretically, this is where artificial intelligence can step in. Lots of startups and large tech companies are working on software that will make sense of all the various data inputs. The idea is that AI will analyze patient data and offer suggestions for diagnosis or treatment. But Madara warned that healthcare providers should be sure to understand what artificial intelligence can and cannot do before employing it, because so often the technology is a black box. He described an algorithm designed to look at x-rays showing lung disease and determine which patients needed more care. It was able to make the distinction, but it wasn’t always making determinations based on the health data itself. A review of the algorithm found it was also analyzing whether the x-ray was taken on a portable x-ray or one in a radiology suite. “All it had to know is that the patient was sick enough that they couldn’t be transported,” Madara said. … [Read more...] about Can high-tech capitalism fix the healthcare industry?
It’s not only women who suffer from Hollywood’s gender equity. Men suffer, too. Movies reinforce toxic masculinity, the idea that “being a man” means hiding vulnerability, ignoring emotion, and showing aggression. As we’re discovering, mainstream concepts of masculinity play an outsize role in explaining why men account for 79% of all suicides in the US. Our country isn’t alone. In Canada, men are four times more likely to die by suicide than women. And the single biggest killer of British men under the age of 45? Suicide. … [Read more...] about How Hollywood’s inequity is creating a social and economic crisis
CB: We do have a job right now that we’re trying to fill in AI governance [called the Enterprise Data Governance executive]. It’s a new role. The important thing about AI governance is that it exists, and it will sit in a different place for every organization. In our organization that person will report in my shop, but we’ll work closely with our chief risk officer to model governance. Fortunately in financial services we’ve been in a modeling business for a long time. Everything we think of as AI that involves a model, and we’ll go through our model risk management process and our AI process. … [Read more...] about The top qualification for an AI governance officer? Courage