Alaka Holla

Alaka Holla

Alaka Holla Profile Latest Posts EconomistAlaka Holla is an Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network. Blogging on: Governance for Development Seeking nimble plumbers Got syringes?Blogging on: Governance for Development

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work TogetherZach Gibson/Getty ImagesThe arc of innovation has reached an inflection point: technological change now threatens to overwhelm us. And who better than tech-savvy Googlers to steer the Pentagon rightly?Social media is another arena where we need to better align technology and public purpose.

'The Americans' Deserves an Emmy For Its Look Inside Putin's Mind

'The Americans' Deserves an Emmy For Its Look Inside Putin's Mind

Looking Inside the Mind of Vladimir PutinUnlike her husband Philip (Matthew Rhys), whose loyalty to the Soviet Union sours and complicates over the show’s five seasons, Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) remains a staunch statist like Putin.FX NetworksAll week, WIRED's Culture team will be writing endorsement letters for various Emmy nominees in advance of next Monday's awards ceremony.

Why It's So Hard to Be a Working Mom. Even at Facebook.

Why It's So Hard to Be a Working Mom. Even at Facebook.

"I want to know: Would you give us part-time, work-from-home, and extended leave options right now, not later; would you lead this company and the US in supporting working parents; would you give us the chance to show you how kick-ass and loyal we can be with fewer hours at the desk, if you weren’t afraid?” Zuckerberg said he was sorry I was leaving, but echoed Sheryl.

15 Best Tech & Gaming Deals: Switch, Fire HD, Roomba, PS4 DualShock

15 Best Tech & Gaming Deals: Switch, Fire HD, Roomba, PS4 DualShock

If your device can wirelessly charge with the Qi standard, use the code WIRELESSPAD at checkout to get the discount.Amazon Echo Show for $130 (Was $230).

The Hidden Link Between Farm Antibiotics and Human Illness

The Hidden Link Between Farm Antibiotics and Human Illness

Among the many strains they found was one known as H22, which was present on chicken meat and in people, and carried genetic markers indicating it had occupied the guts of poultry first, and then adapted to humans.This is what earlier studies of EXPECs on meat and in humans lacked: evidence that meat strains and human infections were linked, not just in time and location, but in movement from animal to person.

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

AI Can Recognize Images, But Text Has Been Tricky—Until Now

But Can It Understand This Headline?Casey ChinIn 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers’ ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled images from a database called ImageNet. It ushered in an exciting phase for computer vision, as it became clear that a model trained using ImageNet could help tackle all sorts of image-recognition problems.

Brazil's Museum Fire Proves Cultural Memory Needs a Digital Backup

Brazil's Museum Fire Proves Cultural Memory Needs a Digital Backup

The CELIN archive contained research into roughly 160 of these languages, estimates Franchetta.Linguist Colleen Fitzgerald, who heads the United States’ National Science Foundation’s project on protecting endangered languages, notes that field work of the type that created the collection in Brazil involves deep collaboration with the communities being studied.

US ‘roadblocking’ climate change negotiations amid warnings the world is failing to hit emissions targets

US ‘roadblocking’ climate change negotiations amid warnings the world is failing to hit emissions targets

ActionAid International, which is monitoring the Bangkok talks said: “With a little over 48 hours remaining, developed countries, led by the US have road blocked negotiations on financing.”

Key internet connections and locations at risk from rising seas

Key internet connections and locations at risk from rising seas

Data centers are built on land, and most of the physical elements of the internet – such as the cables that connect households to internet services and the fiber optic strands carrying data from one city to another – are buried in plastic conduit under the dirt.

How a Domino Master Builds (and Destroys) 15,000-Piece Creations

How a Domino Master Builds (and Destroys) 15,000-Piece Creations

Her video “Insane Domino Tricks,”, a collaboration with another artist, has nearly 118 million views—several million more views than the latest Beyonce and Jay-Z music video.To start a project, Hevesh first decides which structures or “tricks” to build around.

Our Green party will be bold and brave in both ideas and actions | Jonathan Bartley and Sîan Berry

Our Green party will be bold and brave in both ideas and actions | Jonathan Bartley and Sîan Berry

Specifically, we think it’s time for politics to shift away from an obsession with economic growth and a culture of work that sees people slaving away at jobs that offer little material or emotional reward.

Hothouse Earth: here’s what the science actually does – and doesn’t – say

Hothouse Earth: here’s what the science actually does – and doesn’t – say

Leading Earth System scientist Will Steffen and his 15 co-authors draw on a diverse set of literature to paint a picture of how a chain of self-reinforcing changes might potentially be initiated, eventually leading to very large climate warming and sea level rise.

Climate models predict the world will be ‘anomalously warm’ until 2022

Climate models predict the world will be ‘anomalously warm’ until 2022

Our work, published in Nature Communications, is important as such forecasts help predict the chances of events like heatwaves or cold snaps months in advance, and it is now well established that anomalous climatic events have a direct human impact.

'Art can play a valuable role': climate change installations appear in New York

'Art can play a valuable role': climate change installations appear in New York

Climate Signals, a public art project by Justin Brice Guariglia, in collaboration with the Climate Museum and the mayor’s office on climate change. The signs are part of a project by the Climate Museum and a host of partners, including the New York City’s mayor’s office.

Climate Museum Sends Distress Signals to Stimulate Discussion

Climate Museum Sends Distress Signals to Stimulate Discussion

30, among many other events.The artist Justin Brice Guariglia created the signs and included one among his works in Storm King Art Center’s group climate exhibition (through Nov. 11), one of many projects that have recently tackled the topic.Ms. Massie and Mr. Knight are hoping to find a permanent home for the museum, which is temporarily on Governors Island, the site of some of the “Climate Signals” programs coming up.

Councils get help to prepare for sea-level rise

Councils get help to prepare for sea-level rise

Dr Bell is one of several experts, along with analysts from the Ministry for the Environment, that will be leading the workshops that aim to encourage councils to plan for coastal climate change now rather than wait for certainty about what might happen.

How can Indonesia achieve a more sustainable transport system?

How can Indonesia achieve a more sustainable transport system?

Indonesia, a vast archipelago of more than 17,500 islands, is the fourth most populous country in the world, with 261 million inhabitants, and the largest economy in Southeast Asia, with a nominal Gross Domestic Product of $933 billion.

98.6 Degrees Is a Normal Body Temperature, Right? Not Quite

98.6 Degrees Is a Normal Body Temperature, Right? Not Quite

And it is lowest in the morning."A temperature of 99 at six o’clock in the morning is very abnormal, whereas that same temperature at four o’clock in the afternoon can be totally normal," says Jonathan Hausmann, a rheumatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, who gathered 11,458 temperatures in crowdsourced research using an iPhone app called Feverprints.The study, published online this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, refutes the age-old benchmark of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

Adventures in Self-Experimentation: Matrix Pills & Plowing Tropical Fields

Adventures in Self-Experimentation: Matrix Pills & Plowing Tropical Fields

It all started with a simple idea: deforestation might lead to hotter local temperatures, which might increase the risk of heat illness in communities living in or around those forests. Core body temperatures and heart rates increase rapidly while we work in the tropical heat.