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Inequality


One perennial concern about new technology is that it will create a more unequal world, reducing wages and widening the divide between the haves and have-nots. Those fears have acquired a more panicked urgency with the rapid adoption of robotics and artificial intelligence. It’s easy for this kind of apprehension to lead to a sort of …

Online functioning of courts, necessitated due to the coronavirus pandemic, created an unintended inequality as some people did not have access to ditigal technology, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said on Saturday. However, he was proud that courts in the country kept functioning amid the pandemic, he said. The CJI was speaking after …

with Paulina Firozi The unceasing political wars over Obamacare took a back seat as the country dealt with a global pandemic. But the year’s major news events — the novel coronavirus and the recent protests over the police killing of George Floyd — make the 2010 health-care law more relevant than ever. And Democratic presidential …

Feb 29th 2020 TEN YEARS ago the Marmot Review, a study commissioned by the government, asked a big, complicated question: why do some people in England live longer, healthier lives than others, and what can be done to reduce the gap? The answer it found was simple. Some people lived longer because they were better-off. …

A new study from researchers look at teens’ use of technology and technology-related problems. (Photo by Teddy/Rawpixel) Download image WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Adolescents are avid users of smartphones and social media. And with that use come concerns that constant connectivity is leading to bad academic performance, disconnection from life offline and heightened psychological distress. …

Some scientists believe that geoengineering, the idea that we could spray reflective particles into the atmosphere to reverse global warming, may especially reduce suffering in the hottest, poorest parts of the world. A new paper in Nature Communications goes further, concluding that such measures could accelerate economic growth in nations most vulnerable to climate change. …

So the robots are coming for our jobs, are they? Yawn. That’s such an old story. Goes back to Elizabeth I and the stocking frame, if my memory serves me right. Machines have been taking our jobs forever. But economists, despite their reputation as practitioners of the “dismal science”, have always been upbeat about that. …

Researchers compared Americans’ health status today to 25 years ago and found that health is worsening among lower-income Americans. Orbon Alija/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Orbon Alija/Getty Images Researchers compared Americans’ health status today to 25 years ago and found that health is worsening among lower-income Americans. Orbon Alija/Getty Images Income inequality has grown …