Can Tim Berners-Lee really save the web? Watch Now Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has published his plan to save the web, warning that a 'digital dystopia' lies ahead if big tech companies and governments don't change their ways. Berners-Lee unveiled the first part of the Contract for the Web -- nine high-level principles for governments, tech companies and individuals -- in November last year. The contract says, for example, that governments should ensure everyone can connect to the internet, and should keep all of the internet available all the time, while tech companies are urged to make the internet affordable and accessible to everyone, and respect consumers' privacy and personal data. SEE: Digital transformation: A CXO's guide (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF (TechRepublic) Over the last year, five groups -- including tech companies, government and other interested groups and individuals -- have been working to draft … [Read more...] about This is Tim Berners-Lee’s grand plan to save the web from digital dystopia
With climate change causing temperatures to rise across the globe, extreme heat is becoming more and more of a health threat. The human body is resilient, but it can only handle so much. So what is the highest temperature people can endure? The answer is straightforward: a wet-bulb temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius), according to a 2020 study in the journal Science Advances . Wet-bulb temperature is not the same as the air temperature you might see reported by your local forecaster or favorite weather app. Rather, a wet-bulb temperature is measured by a thermometer covered in a water-soaked cloth, and it takes into account both heat and humidity. The latter is important because with more water in the air, it's harder for sweat to evaporate off the body and cool a person down. If the humidity is low but the temperature is high, or vice versa, the wet-bulb temperature probably won't near the human body's tipping point, said Colin Raymond, a … [Read more...] about What’s the hottest temperature the human body can endure?
The big picture: Amazon barely missed on its revenue estimate and generated near-record-setting profit during Q2, yet the stock is still taking a beating in early morning trading largely due to Amazon's third quarter guidance. But that could all change should the pandemic ramp back up as some believe could happen. Amazon has released its first quarterly earnings report with newly minted CEO Andy Jassy at the helm, who took over for founder Jeff Bezos earlier this month. In the three-month period ending June 30 (which included Prime Day this year), Amazon generated $113.1 billion in total net sales , representing a 27 percent increase quarter over quarter. That’s a tad shy of Refinitiv analysts’ average estimate of $115 billion, but profit checked in at a very healthy $7.8 billion – Amazon second largest quarterly profit ever. In the year-ago quarter, Amazon generated just $5.2 billion in net income. Looking ahead, Amazon expects net sales to check in between $106 billion and … [Read more...] about Amazon releases first quarterly report under new CEO Andy Jassy
During a summer of deadly heatwaves, Democratic senators are pressing for a bigger federal response to the danger posed by extreme heat. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) reintroduced the Preventing Heat Illness and Deaths Act today. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) will introduce similar legislation in the US House of Representatives. They are pushing for its measures to be included in either the bipartisan infrastructure or budget reconciliation package that Democrats are scrambling to advance. “We’ve heard that extreme heat is among the White House priorities in the climate space, and I am fighting to include provisions of my bill,” Markey said in an email to The Verge . The bill would create the first federal financial assistance program to fund community-based projects that are specifically focused on extreme heat, according to Markey. It would also formalize and expand the National Integrated Heat Health Information System … [Read more...] about Extreme heat is on Democrats’ infrastructure agenda
Between November 1936 and November 1937, H.G. Wells gave a series of lectures in Great Britain, France, and the US about the world’s impending problems and how to solve them. The lectures were first published under the title " World Brain" in 1938, and they’re sweeping in scope. Wells argued for rearranging both education and the distribution of knowledge and thought we should probably get rid of nationalism while we’re at it. MIT Press has just issued a compendium of these lectures , along with related material Wells presented as magazine articles and radio addresses. The collection also includes a foreword by the science fiction writer Bruce Sterling and an introduction by Joseph Reagle, an associate professor of communication studies at Northeastern who writes and teaches about popular culture , digital communication , and online communities . Unequal information Humanity had all of the information necessary to live together in peace … [Read more...] about H.G. Wells’ “World Brain” is now here—what have we learned since?