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Chicago thinks Zocdoc can help solve its vaccine chaos

Chicago thinks Zocdoc can help solve its vaccine chaos

During the first week of February, a winter storm blew through Chicago, leaving piles of snow before subzero temperatures set in. Eve Bloomgarden, an endocrinologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, got a call from a worried patient who was scheduled to receive a covid-19 vaccine that week. She was preparing to …

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Here’s Biden’s plan to reboot climate innovation

Here's Biden's plan to reboot climate innovation

The Biden administration announced its third major climate effort on Thursday, February 11, rolling out initiatives to accelerate innovation in clean energy and climate technology. The White House has formed a working group to help set up the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate (ARPA-C), which Biden pledged to create during the …

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The UK’s covid app made a serious difference during the winter surge

The UK’s covid app made a serious difference during the winter surge

The news: Researchers in the UK have calculated that its contact tracing app may have prevented around 600,000 cases of covid-19. The announcement is good news for the system—which underwent serious teething problems—and a step forward for exposure notification systems more generally. What they found: The study by a team …

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Auditors are testing hiring algorithms for bias, but big questions remain

Auditors are testing hiring algorithms for bias, but big questions remain

ORCAA and HireVue focused their audit on one product: HireVue’s hiring assessments, which many companies use to evaluate recent college graduates. In this case, ORCAA didn’t evaluate the technical design of the tool itself. Instead, the company interviewed stakeholders (including a job applicant, an AI ethicist, and several nonprofits) about …

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