At the beginning of the pandemic, before he began sounding the alarm on COVID-19’s seriousness, Feigl-Ding had around 2,000 followers. That number has since swelled to more than a quarter million, as Twitter users and the mainstream media turn to Feigl-Ding as an expert source, often pointing to his pedigree as a Harvard-trained epidemiologist. And he has earned the attention of some influential people. These include Ali Nouri, the president of FAS, who brought Feigl-Ding into his organization as a senior fellow; the journalist David Wallace-Wells, who meditated on Feigl-Ding’s “holy mother of God” tweet in his March essay arguing that alarmism can be a useful tool; and former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt. (“We all learn so much from you,” he tweeted at Feigl-Ding in July.) Ronald Gunzburger, senior adviser to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, even wrote a letter to Feigl-Ding attesting to how his … [Read more...] about Inside the controversial rise of a top Twitter COVID-19 influencer
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Hutz’s childhood in the shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster and the turmoil of the dying days of the Communist Soviet state might have been more disruptive than most, but what he learned about dealing with chaos could apply to anyone trying to navigate the precariously changing modern world. He told us, “Russia and the Ukraine are stuck between Europe and Asia. And don’t have the benefits of either one. We don’t have any organizational and managerial skills like Western Europe and the States. Nor do we have Asia’s thousands of years of spiritual tradition. We’re pretty chaotic. I dealt with the situation by making friends with the chaos and learning to accept what is already there. Which is not easy. Because we’re born into thinking we constantly have to rearrange things. Trying to constantly create order is a source of suffering. Because how much order can there be? The weather changes every fucking day so am I supposed to feel … [Read more...] about What A Punk Sensibility Can Teach You About Embracing Chaos
“Converting hotels can be done at roughly half the price of new construction. And they can also be brought online much quicker,” Rosen says. For the supportive housing projects that Breaking Ground specializes in, a new build would typically cost about $500,000 per unit and take around two years to open. A conversion, Rosen says, could be done for about half the cost in half the time. … [Read more...] about The affordable housing solution hiding in plain sight
It works well to agree on the core message, tone, and roles directly, through a live video meeting. After you log off, rest your eyes and then prepare to work independently. When working on your own, use online platforms to keep in contact with your group, without disrupting real work from getting done. As video meeting fatigue sets in, groups often prefer to only come back together to iron out the very last kinks before a deadline. For example, some groups like to meet live to read a final draft through one last time. … [Read more...] about How to complete a group writing assignment over Zoom
In these sliders, McDonald discovered his game mechanic: A meter that shows, in real time, how convinced an algorithm is that you are wearing a mask, have rosy cheeks, or are a CEO. (Yes, all of these are qualities that the AI can supposedly see.) In this way, Facework externalizes the internal work that algorithms do every day. “Because it’s so obscured from view, that’s part of the reason we don’t have well-informed conversations about it,” says McDonald. “For face recognition especially, those systems are kept outside the view of the average person.” … [Read more...] about Can you trick this AI into thinking you’re someone you’re not?