Microsoft’s latest holoportation demo shows off its mixed reality, AI, translation technologies

This wasn’t the first time Microsoft demonstrated holographic technology during its Inspire/Ready events. Last year in Las Vegas, Microsoft showed off a demo of the future of work which included the HoloBeam holographic telepresence technology from Valorem, one of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Agency partners. (Microsoft didn’t mention Valorem today, so I assume Valorem’s technology was […]

Why public approval of Trump’s coronavirus response may not save him in November

Put another way, the political impact of the outbreak may turn not only on how much damage the country suffers in the coming months, but also on whether Americans conclude that Trump’s choices minimized or magnified those costs. “If the Democrats can make a credible case that we ended up in the pandemic through mismanagement, […]

Tasked with schoolwork help, many US parents lack English

“To be honest with you, it has been difficult for me because of the language more than anything,” said Luna, whose daughters attend a school in North Las Vegas, Nevada. “My husband does speak the language a little more, and when he comes home from work, he is the one who gives me the most […]

The horror of coronavirus is all too real. Don’t turn it into an imaginary war

As the news gets more horrifyingly real each day – and somehow, at the same time, more unmanageably unreal – I’m not sure who this register of battle and victory and defeat truly aids. We don’t really require a metaphor to throw the horror of viral death into sharper relief: you have to think it’s […]

In gratitude for all the gifts

“The child who dwells inside us trusts that there are wise men somewhere who know the truth”: so Milosz had written, and for his many friends he himself was one of those wise men. His sayings were quoted, even when they were wisecracks rather than wisdom. A few days before he died I’d had a […]

Eight on-campus lectures you should attend this March

“From fighting to attend grade school after being described as a ‘fire hazard’ to later winning a lawsuit against the New York City school system for denying her a teacher’s license because of her paralysis, Judy’s actions set a precedent that fundamentally improved rights for disabled people,” according to the website’s summary.

The power of family dance parties when the world is falling apart

If you are, as Billy Idol put it in another extremely effervescent song, “Dancing by Myself,” you still have a lot to gain from grooving solo. The movement and music alone will likely boost your mood, and there’s always the option of joining an Instagram house party, or creating a more intimate one through Zoom, […]

Backpage.com ditches sex ads section after Senate inquiry

Incriminating phrasesThe Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations described Backpage as the “world’s second-largest classified advertising website”, adding that the service was involved in 73% of all child trafficking reports passed from the public over to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).