Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Log In Log In Today’s Paper The Upshot | Why the Fed Cut Rates: To Try to Fix Last Year’s Mistake Advertisement Upshot Supported by Not a recession-fighting measure per se, but a recalibration of strategy, and a recognition that the world has changed. ByNeil Irwin Jul 31, 2019 Several of the questions directed at Jerome Powell at his Wednesday afternoon news conference boiled down to this: Why did you just cut interest rates when, by your own acknowledgment, the American economy looks perfectly solid? What good can this possibly achieve? Mr. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, answered by ticking off the reasons — persistently low inflation and a troubled world economy that poses risks to the United States — for the Fed policy committee’s move. But there is a broader way to interpret it. The quarter-percentage-point cut to … [Read more...] about Why the Fed Cut Rates: To Try to Fix Last Year’s Mistake
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When Pamela DeSalvo read the clinical note from her doctor’s visit, the words on the page hit her hard: “clinically morbidly obese.” She knew she was overweight, but seeing those three words together shocked her. It also inspired her to start losing weight. “I needed to see it in black and white, what I actually in my heart already knew. It forced me to get honest with myself,” DeSalvo said. “Reading that note saved my life.” Studies show that, indeed, reading your doctor’s notes can improve your health. DeSalvo lives in Metuchen, N.J., and works in health information technology. In the years after reading her doctor’s notes, DeSalvo kept that experience in mind as she helped Atrium Health implement a system that allows doctors to share clinical notes.MORE HEALTH: Why do people faint?Many patients go home with a summary of their office visit. That recap often includes a list of medications or reminders to schedule a follow-up. … [Read more...] about Why you should take a peek at your doctor’s notes on your health
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called privacy the “right to be let alone.” Perhaps Congress should give states trying to protect consumer data the same right. For years, a gridlocked Congress ignored privacy, apart from occasionally scolding companies such as Equifax and Marriott after their major data breaches. In its absence, states have taken the lead in experimenting with privacy-related laws. California, for example, recently passed legislation giving citizens the right to know what data businesses have on them – and to block the information’s sale to third parties. It’s the first of its kind in the U.S. and has prompted lawmakers in other states to try to follow suit. That’s gotten the attention of businesses, especially in tech, which have been lobbying Congress to preempt a possible patchwork of state laws with what could amount to a weaker federal one. Some observers predict this could be that rare issue that inspires bipartisan … [Read more...] about Why a U.S. federal privacy law could be worse than no law at all
One moment I’m in a haunted mansion, being chased by a giant ogre. The next, I’m playing billiards. Afterwards, I find myself in Van Gogh’s bedroom–I drink a bottle of absinthe, float out the window, and watch Starry Night appear in the sky. Then I’m a fox on the streets of Paris. Then I’m flying a starship in an intergalactic dog fight. Then I’m Mario playing the first level of Super Mario Bros. Then I’m alone in a house, walking past a bottle of pills. The radio says a man has killed his family . . . is that man me? These experiences happen in rapid succession, and each is its own microworld, teasing the possibility that I could see a million different places, created by a million different people. That’s when it dawns on me: Dreams is one of the most important pieces of gaming software made in the past decade. What Uber did for ride sharing, and what Instagram did for the selfie, Dreams is doing for creating and consuming the … [Read more...] about Dreams is the most important new game in a decade
Business | Hadi Partovi Was Raised in a Revolution. Today He Teaches Kids to Code. Sections Skip to content Skip to site index corner office The founder and chief executive of Code.org, who was born in Iran, says computer science is a “foundational skill,” one that future doctors, lawyers and politicians should all possess. Hadi Partovi, the founder of Code.org. Credit Credit Matt Edge for The New York Times Supported by ByDavid Gelles Jan. 17, 2019 Just how much influence should Silicon Valley have over the classroom? It’s a question roiling educational circles, and one The New York Times explored in a recent series of articles. At the center of the debate are organizations like Code.org, a nonprofit group that advocates computer science training and provides coding curriculum for schools around the country. Founded by Hadi Partovi, an Iranian immigrant who had an enormously successful career in … [Read more...] about Hadi Partovi Was Raised in a Revolution. Today He Teaches Kids to Code.