COVID-19 has made Americans lonelier than ever – here’s how AI can help

The pandemic has contributed to chronic loneliness. Digital tools like video chat and social media help connect people who live or quarantine far apart. But when those friends or family members are not readily available, artificial intelligence can step in.

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Providing valuable lessons for today’s pandemic, Foege and Zhdanov honored for eradication of a much deadlier virus – The 2020 Future of Life Award

THE 2020 FUTURE OF LIFE AWARD is bestowed upon William Foege (left) & Viktor Zhdanov (right) for their critical contribution to eradicating smallpox.   (Press Release, Future of Life Institute, December 10, 2020)   Providing valuable lessons for today’s pandemic, Foege and Zhdanov honored for eradication of a much deadlier virus   Imagine how you’d …

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The stay-at-home slowdown – how the pandemic upended our perception of time

Cover: Time is fixed. Our grasp of it? Not so much. bestdesigns via Getty Images The stay-at-home slowdown – how the pandemic upended our perception of time Time is fixed. Our grasp of it? Not so much. bestdesigns via Getty Images Philip Gable, University of Delaware Think back to life before stay-at-home orders. Does it …

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Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory

Cover: Red Cross nurses in San Francisco, 1918. Wikimedia Face masks: what the Spanish flu can teach us about making them compulsory Red Cross nurses in San Francisco, 1918. Wikimedia Samuel Cohn, University of Glasgow Should people be forced to wear face masks in public? That’s the question facing governments as more countries unwind their …

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The fashionable history of social distancing

Cover: Crinolines, by design, made physical contact nearly impossible. Hulton Archive/Stringer via Getty Images The fashionable history of social distancing Crinolines, by design, made physical contact nearly impossible. Hulton Archive/Stringer via Getty Images Einav Rabinovitch-Fox, Case Western Reserve University As the world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak, “social distancing” has become a buzzword of these …

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