"Artificial intelligence has been on the rise in workplaces for at least the past decade. From consumer algorithms to quantum computing, AI’s uses have grown in type and scope," writes Anthony DiMauro. "One of the more recent advances in AI technologies is the ability to read emotions through facial and behavioral analysis. While the emotional AI technology has largely been implemented in marketing campaigns and health care, a growing number of high-profile companies are using it in hiring decisions. Companies should stop this immediately."
"When the leader of the 'free world' promotes a quack who states that gynecological problems are caused by sex with demons, you know the free world is in big, big trouble," writes Trudy Rubin. "What else can you say when President Donald Trump touts Dr. Stella Immanuel, who claims 'spirit husbands' and 'spirit wives' visit humans in their dreams, and cause fibroids and impotence? Trump retweeted a video in which Immanuel insists that hydroxychloroquine is a 'cure' for COVID-19 and says masks are not needed. Never mind that this dangerous fakery has been repeatedly rebuffed by medical studies and Trump’s own advisers, including Dr. Anthony Fauci; he found the good doctor 'very impressive.'”
"In recent decades, we have rarely seen so much worker anger and so many strikes as we’ve seen since COVID-19 hit America. Fears of the virus have greatly emboldened American workers," writes Steven Greenhouse. "In California, McDonald’s workers walked out in Los Angeles, San Jose and Oakland to protest a lack of personal protective equipment, while hundreds of farm workers in Washington state went on strike to demand safer conditions and $2 more an hour in hazard pay."
"The last few days have been filled with well-deserved tributes to John Lewis, the last of the great Southern Black leaders who played major roles in leading the civil rights revolution of the 1960s that demolished most legal barriers to equality for all Americans. In due course, the late Georgia congressman and civil rights icon will be honored by having his name placed on schools and other buildings, perhaps even the National Museum of African American History and Culture, whose construction he was instrumental in achieving," writes Carl P. Leubsdorf. "But members of Congress can create a more immediate memorial to Lewis by enacting the House-passed legislation to restore the key provision that the Supreme Court removed from the 1965 Voting Rights Act seven years ago."
"Last week, Mike Pompeo came to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to release a yearlong State Department study on the U.S. approach to human rights," writes Trudy Rubin. "You might think the secretary of state’s timing strange, as President Donald Trump mocks basic human rights principles at home and abroad. But Pompeo told his audience, 'The timing couldn’t be better.' I agree."
"In recent weeks, American banks have denounced systemic racism and pledged support to Black lives. Yet their practices during this pandemic and their role in distributing money from the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program show how systemic racism is embedded in their business model," write Emma Coleman Jordan and Jamillah Bowman Williams. "Last week, the Trump administration finally disclosed the names of many companies that received forgivable loans from the program, which is intended to keep small businesses afloat. Yet included among the recipients were big investment firms, big name law firms and companies connected to prominent political insiders."
"Analysis by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that women earn less as their childrearing responsibilities escalate," writes Joanne Cleaver. "While women earn less from the start, the gap becomes a chasm for women in their 30s. By about age 37, women with college degrees start to earn less than men without college degrees."
After exploring the issue, Clever concludes that "Flexible work must not come at the price of equitable pay. Employers need to analyze pay equity not just by gender and tenure, but also by work arrangement."
The state Public Service Commission is falling short in monitoring Charter Communications Inc. and other utilities across New York, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Auditors found regulators lacked the equipment to measure internet speeds, used inaccurate data to track service reliability and imposed only four penalties in four years.
The vast majority of the prodigious 2020 Democratic field, says Doyle McManus, are not the socialists Trump and his base are painting them as. With the exception of Bernie Sanders, he says, each candidate is simply proposing ways to make American capitalism more just and beneficial for more Americans — a goal that some economists think is possible to accomplish through policy without impeding economic growth.
"Critiques of the modern economy have some validity," writes Noah Smith. "But in the rush to bash capitalism — or to capitalize on the sudden unpopularity of the term — the critics haven't done a good job of defining what capitalism means. Does it mean private property? Private ownership of industry? Market economies? Public asset markets and joint-stock ownership? Often, the term capitalism seems like simply a stand-in for whatever market-like features of modern economies someone doesn't like." Before dismantling capitalism, he argues, it would be best to define it and address areas in need of adjustment.