Newsweek 11/12/2021

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the archives

1965 “Dapper, relaxed Joe Wilson, president of Xerox Corp., is one executive who can say he is literally working up a storm,” Newsweek said. He “plans to turn his bumptious $385 million a year Xerox Corp. into a $2 billion a year behemoth by 1975.” Now a Fortune 500 company, Xerox has evolved by driving innovation into the 3D-printing industry. The company also has expanded its environmental impact with its recently published 2021 Global Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which outlines its goals and commitment to producing more eco-friendly procedures and technologies. 1976 “The chance to boogie again is appealing to the Beautiful People, the bourgeoisie and the blue-collar worker alike,” Newsweek wrote at the height of the disco era. This year, Netflix released the series Halston about the designer whose name was synonymous…

sharing a common goal

PUERTO RICO HAS BEEN PLAGUED BY HURRICANES, earthquakes and political turmoil in recent years. But the tiny island has gained a badge of honor that may surprise some: it’s the most vaccinated place in America. The U.S. territory has fully vaccinated more than 2.3 million residents, amounting to just over 73 percent of its population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The island also has among the lowest COVID-19 infection rates in the U.S. While some people across the U.S. mainland continue to resist vaccine mandates, Puerto Rico successfully vaccinated a majority of its residents by “putting science before politics,” Daniel Colón-Ramos, a Yale University professor who heads the coalition of scientists advising Puerto Rico’s government on the coronavirus pandemic, tells Newsweek. “Social distancing, use of masks among children…

american small business is being murdered

RECENT HISTORY IS PUNCTUATED with a lot of not-so-great economic “greats” from the Great Depression to the Great Recession. Now we have a new one: When historians look back on the decisions made beginning in March 2020 and still going strong, this period will be remembered as the “Great Consolidation”—the acceleration of a historic wealth transfer and power concentration out of the hands of the middle class and into those with political power and connections. The “connected” form a powerful bloc comprised of big government, big business and big special interests. And though their monikers label them “big,” they are comprised of relatively small elites. And they are seeking to use their power to benefit themselves at your expense. Prior to COVID, more than 30 million small businesses accounted for about half…

talking points

“Don’t be that afraid, you’re not going to die now.”—BRAZILIAN SINGER-SONGWRITER CAETANO VELOSO, 79, ON THE ADVICE HE'D GIVE HIS 18-YEAR-OLD SELF“MY DAYS ARE COMPLETELY MICROMANAGED TO THE MINUTE.”—KIM KARDASHIAN“When you see billionaires being able to go space and back for hobby and fun—in a society worried about floods on a periodic basis—that’s a problem.”—ECONOMIST DARRICK HAMILTON“Do you want Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Ron DeSantis and our ex-fearless leader deciding the fate of the American experiment?”—BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN“WHAT I WOULD LIKE IS TO JUST LEAD A PEACEFUL LIFE IN MY NEW ENVIRONMENT.”—Japan’s Princess Mako on marrying a commoner, renouncing her title and moving to New York City“Wild $T1mes!”—ELON MUSK ON TESLA INC. BEING VALUED AT OVER $1 TRILLION“MY FATHER WAS THE CHEAPEST PERSON. ONE YEAR I DONATED MONEY TO THE…

under pressure

JOE BIDEN’S PRESIDENCY WAS MEANT TO be defined by calm, experienced competence. Yet just nine months into his term, he has been teetering on the brink of failure. Vicious infighting within his own party has threatened to torpedo his ambitious domestic agenda, encapsulated in two sprawling pieces of legislation that Democrats have not yet been able to vote out of Congress. Even before the bickering over the bills, Biden’s claim to competence, based on more than 40 years in Washington, had been shredded by a calamitous exit from Afghanistan and an ongoing crisis at the southern border. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on, inflation is on the rise and there’s sideline carping every day from the president’s predecessor, Donald Trump, who seems to be campaigning three years early for a…

machines don’t blink

In ways large and small, artificial intelligence (AI) has become ubiquitous. Search engines, maps and social media are analyzing our histories to make predictions and tailor relevant responses. Text and email applications, which know the words and phrases we use most often, are trying to complete our sentences. AI programs like AlphaGo and AlphaZero are winning games—in their cases, Go and chess—by playing themselves and, in so doing, developing their own not-quite-human concepts of the games. At MIT, an AI program discovered a new antibiotic by identifying patterns in data that humans did not—or possibly never could. Struck by these and other breakthroughs, the all-star team of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Schmidt Futures co-founder and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and MIT Schwarzman College of Computing Dean Daniel…