Sara Horowitz Presages The New Capitalism
Today Sara Horowitz, Founder and Executive Director of the Freelancer's Union, was in the Big Think studio discussing labor issues, single payer health care, and fundamental changes to capitalism that will impact working people in the coming years.
A fervent believer in "the radical notion of fairness," Ms. Horowitz has been a spokeswoman on behalf of everyone from creative class freelancers to working families to the unemployed. She succeeded in launching a Portable Benefits Program for independent workers in New York City--one of the first programs that allows workers to retain their health benefits when they change jobs.
On the auto industry bailout's larger meaning:
"We're realizing that you can't expect a certain rate of return on manufacturing and the auto industry and expect to have one in America. We're realizing we can't have private equity rates of return of 18 to 35 percent and that there's something important about having certain industries and there's going to be a governmental role in keeping them alive...I think this is the beginning of that realization."
A profile on Ms. Horowitz from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
An earlier interview with Ms. Horowitz from the blog, Notes on Design
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
A new AI-produced commercial from Lexus shows how AI might be particularly suited for the advertising industry.
- The commercial was written by IBM's Watson. It was acted and directed by humans.
- Lexus says humans played a minimal part in influencing Watson, in terms of the writing.
- Advertising, with its clearly defined goals and troves of data, seems like one creative field in which AI would prove particularly useful.
A study on flies may hold the key to future addiction treatments.
- A new study suggests that drinking alcohol can affect how memories are stored away as good or bad.
- This may have drastic implications for how addiction is caused and how people recall intoxication.
- The findings may one day lead to a new form of treatment for those suffering from addiction.
Then again, maybe the study is fake news too.
- Recent research challenged study participants to pick real news headlines from fake ones.
- The results showed that people prone to delusional thinking, religious fundamentalists, and dogmatists tended to believe all news, regardless of plausibility.
- What can you do to protect yourself and others from fake news?
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