Quickies

Quickies: The color of beauty, being “emotional,” and AI searches for cures

  • What is the color of beauty? – “A multibillion-dollar industry of skin-whitening products dominates the West African beauty market, creating a world of mixed messages for the women who live there.” From Ray.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks out after Trump calls her “emotional” – “It all went down as she was participating in a roundtable for BBC’s current events show Newsnight. Actually, she didn’t know it was a roundtable until she arrived at the studio. After learning she’d be pitted against a Trump supporter, she decided to stay. Producers argued that the move would create a balance with both sides represented.”
  • Artificial intelligence could dig up cures buried online – “Popular sites like MedCalc and UptoDate are useful tools for doctors to consult diagnostic criteria and double check on treatment guidelines. But there’s plenty of room for improvement, and some believe artificial intelligence could be a solution to science overload: machine learning assistants to read incoming papers, distill their information, and highlight relevant findings.”
  • You don’t have to like me, you just have to believe I’m a human being – “Isn’t the problem that you couldn’t rally around justice for those you may not know or like?”
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Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. November 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm —

    I feel like, at this point, the discussion around messaging and if it’s productive to alienate your audience is almost scriptable.

    It may not be fair, but I’ve had multiple discussions with a lot of people I know personally who are good people who want to help and are finding themselves demotivated (myself included) due to the constant barrage of negativity in some of these communities.

    If the point is to feel better by raging at the issues, great. If the point is to provide a place for others like you to feel like they belong, great. If the point is to explain why these communities have become so negative and what they face, I guess fine.

    If the point is to build support, then making people feel wanted and like they’re part of a community is important if you want them to stay and contribute.

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