Salesforce, a $17 billion software company, entered the debate over gay marriage debate legislation by pressuring the Indiana legislature to change proposed LGBTQ policies. Delta Airlines entered the gun control debate by curtailing flight discounts to National Rifle Association members in the wake of mass shootings. The financial firms BlackRock and JPMorgan Chase took a stand on the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi by canceling their participation in important meetings in Saudi Arabia, at least for a while. Hobby Lobby, a craft and decor store chain, entered the reproductive rights debate by challenging the Affordable Care Act on grounds that having to contribute to health insurance for its employees that covered birth control violated the religious beliefs of the company’s leaders. This corporate presence can turn public debates into battles between dueling piles of money. … [Read more...] about If billionaires really want to benefit society, they should work to reduce their own power
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The top panel also connects with the Raven R, another device Baidu plans to launch later this year. Although the functionality is similar, the Raven R can turn and look at the user in response to voice commands, using the LED lights to create a pair of eyes. It helps that Baidu’s AI acknowledges its wake phrase by voice, with phrases like “I’m listening” or “I’m here.” … [Read more...] about China Has Its Own Alexa, But It’s No Mere Knockoff
product for legislatures to meet and vote remotely, that the company has promoted during the pandemic. In many cases, the technology that courts use for remote hearings is not built for that purpose. Other courts around the world have formally or informally switched many proceedings to a number of garden-variety videoconferencing tools, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Google Hangouts. As of now, it is far from standardized, varying from state to state, county to county, and sometimes even from judge to judge. … [Read more...] about Remote court is now in session. But will defendants get a fair trial?