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How has technology changed the way you work and live?
Jimmy Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur known for his role in the creation of Wikipedia, a free, open-content encyclopedia launched in 2001. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, holding the board-appointed "community founder" seat. In 2004, he co-founded Wikia, a privately owned, free Web-hosting service, along with Angela Beesley.
Together with Larry Sanger and others, Wales helped lay the foundation for Wikipedia, which subsequently enjoyed rapid growth and popularity. As Wikipedia expanded and its public profile grew, Wales took on the role of the project's spokesman and promoter through speaking engagements and media appearances. Wales has been historically cited as the co-founder of Wikipedia but he disputes the "co-" designation, asserting that he is the sole founder of Wikipedia. Wales' work developing Wikipedia, which has become the world's largest encyclopedia, prompted Time magazine to name him in its 2006 list of the world's most influential people.
Born in Huntsville, Alabama, Wales attended a small private school, then a university preparation school, eventually attaining a bachelor's degree and master's degree in finance. During his graduate studies he taught at two universities.
Question: How has technology changed the way you work and live?Jimmy Wales: Well, I’m one of these terrible, terrible people who is always, always connected. And so I have a Sidekick, not a Blackberry, ’cause I think the Sidekick looks cooler. But you know, and I use it for instant messenger, and I keep in touch with friends basically constantly. I had my email coming to the device for a while, but I stopped doing that, because it was just too much. I get too much email, and it was just overwhelming me. And sometimes I just don’t want to see my email, actually. But it’s interesting, because there’s a whole different way of thinking about time zones and living and friends and things like this. So, of course, I travel a lot as well, so I see people in different cities and things like that, but it’s really-- yeah, it’s changed my life a lot, you know, to basically have IM on the phone. It’s kind of an amazing thing.
Question: What kind of laptop do you have?
Jimmy Wales: I have a Mac Book. I just got a brand new one, actually. My old one was getting a little scruffy. And yeah, I like it. I’m a big free software advocate, and so well, sometimes people want to know why I don’t have a Linux laptop. And it’s my personal challenge to the free software community that I badly want one, but there’s a couple things I absolutely have to have. I need a good calendar, and they don’t have one yet. And so what I try to do to make sure I don’t get locked into any one platform is I use as much open source software as I can, and I make sure everything I use is saving its data in a free format, so that I don’t have to get locked into somebody’s proprietary format, ’cause then you’re really hosed, so. Yeah, I love my Mac, though, it’s beautiful. Beautiful work of art.
Question: Do you bump into people on the street?
Jimmy Wales: Oh, yeah, everyday. Yeah, constantly. Yeah, yeah. I’ve actually gotten kind of good at it, but yeah, no, I mean, when I was walking here today, I was chatting with somebody, and I was actually chatting with my little girl about Club Penguin, which we both play. So we were discussing, you know, it’s big events this week in Club Penguin. Rock Hopper came, so some viewers will know what that means, and some won’t, but yeah, no, it’s really a-- you know, you have to be careful not to get run over.
Wales can be so focused on his Sidekick that he bumps into people on the street.
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Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.
- The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
- Chinese health officials are also monitoring a newly discovered type of swine flu that has the potential to develop into a pandemic virus.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.
- The terms 'education' and 'learning' are often used interchangeably, but there is a cultural connotation to the former that can be limiting. Education naturally links to schooling, which is only one form of learning.
- Gregg Behr, founder and co-chair of Remake Learning, believes that this small word shift opens up the possibilities in terms of how and where learning can happen. It also becomes a more inclusive practice, welcoming in a larger, more diverse group of thinkers.
- Post-COVID, the way we think about what learning looks like will inevitably change, so it's crucial to adjust and begin building the necessary support systems today.
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The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the perception of selfishness among many.
- Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
- New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
- Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts.