These are the hidden heroes of our region. Meet Hull's bravest and most selfless individuals that do not step forward to be recognised, but stand out in the community for their inspiration, perseverance, and giving natures. The incredible people have been shortlisted for the Hull Daily Mail's annual Heart Awards, which recognise the achievements of people across the region. Over the past couple of months, we have brought you the stories of Hull's bravest and most selfless individuals. They range from young children whose incredible courage will inspire you, to ordinary people who have shown remarkable bravery and those who dedicate their everyday lives to helping others. The uplifting annual awards are now in their seventh year and celebrate the outstanding efforts of the region’s unnamed stars to acknowledge those that have made a major contribution to society, overcome major setbacks, helped others, or helped out charity amongst other achievements. The main sponsor is … [Read more...] about Meet the everyday Hull heroes nominated for Heart Awards
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“The current problems afflicting social media are a perfect example of what can happen when uniform rules are imposed with no regard for social context and evolved behaviors. The rich and variegated patterns of communication that exist off-line have been replaced by scripted, standardized, and limited modes of communication on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. As a result, the nuances of face-to-face communication, and of news mediated by trusted outlets, have been obliterated. Efforts to “connect the world” with technology have created a morass of propaganda, disinformation, hate speech, and bullying.” . By Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics at MIT. Digital technology has transformed how we communicate, commute, shop, learn, and entertain ourselves. Soon enough, technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data, and the Internet of Things (IoT), could remake health care, energy, transportation, agriculture, the public sector, the natural … [Read more...] about Big Tech’s harvest of sorrow?
While science and technology have vastly improved human lives, they have also given certain visionaries the means to transform entire societies from above, writes Daron Acemoglu.Digital technology has transformed how we communicate, commute, shop, learn, and entertain ourselves. Soon enough, technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data, and the Internet of Things (IoT), could remake health care, energy, transportation, agriculture, the public sector, the natural environment, and even our minds and bodies. Applying science to social problems has brought huge dividends in the past. Long before the invention of the silicon chip, medical and technological innovations had already made our lives far more comfortable — and longer. But history is also replete with disasters caused by the power of science and the zeal to improve the human condition.For example, efforts to boost agricultural yields through scientific or technological augmentation in the context of … [Read more...] about Big tech and the battle to retain oversight
As the dominant discourse would have it, the economic world is a pure and perfect order, implacably unrolling the logic of its predictable consequences, and prompt to repress all violations by the sanctions that it inflicts, either automatically or —more unusually — through the intermediary of its armed extensions, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the policies they impose: reducing labour costs, reducing public expenditures and making work more flexible. Is the dominant discourse right? What if, in reality, this economic order were no more than the implementation of a utopia - the utopia of neoliberalism - thus converted into a political problem? One that, with the aid of the economic theory that it proclaims, succeeds in conceiving of itself as the scientific description of reality? This tutelary theory is a pure mathematical fiction. From the start it has been founded on a formidable … [Read more...] about The essence of neoliberalism
Nearly half the world’s population is at risk of the mosquito-borne disease. But a new vaccine may stop it in its tracks, saving millions of lives and boosting the economies of the developing world. By Gaia Vince 23 May 2019 “In each house were three or four patients who complained of chilling, severe headaches, sweating, pain in back and extremities. After four or five relapses, the headaches and pain became unbearable for many patients who then exhibited a muddling delirium with coma, ending in death. Most were between the ages of five and 20 years. Since they are far away from even the simplest clinic, which means no possibility of saving their lives, they are dying like bees in a smoked hive.” This is an extract from a field report of the 1958 malaria epidemic in Ethiopia that killed about 150,000 people in a single season, but it could have been from the last days of the Roman Empire, whose fall has been attributed to the disease, or Ancient … [Read more...] about How the malaria vaccine could change world health