Bossy. Emotional. Shrill.If you're using one of those words to talk about a female colleague, Catalyst, a nonprofit focused on women in the workplace, wants you to check yourself. Just in time for International Women's Day, and as part of a campaign called #BiasCorrect, Catalyst is launching a plug-in for messaging platform Slack that lets you know if you're about to use biased language when talking about a woman.The idea is that there are certain words and phrases that tend to be applied more to women than men, Catalyst says, and that language can have a negative effect on women in the workplace in the short and long term. "Words are a powerful thing," said Catalyst CEO Lorraine Hariton. "What words we say having meaning, and they have implicit meaning behind them. There's bias in how people interpret the words as they relate to the person." The plug-in works by detecting words, from a list Catalyst created, when they're used in the context of a female pronoun. So, if you're talking … [Read more...] about This Slack plug-in could help you avoid gender-biased language
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There was nothing surprising about the announcement that Green Book had been awarded the Grolsch People’s Choice Award after its premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. First screening on September 13, days after most of the press had already left the city, Green Book came in under the radar as a sleeper hit. Despite taking a backseat to buzzier films like A Star Is Born, First Man, and Widows, the film managed to catapult itself into the awards season conversation by earning a distinction that matters; in the past decade, all but one film that has won the PCA has gone on to a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. Three have won. Despite its frustrating politics, Green Book is the type of film tailor-made to court awards consideration from an Academy that had to be shamed into diversifying its ranks. With its insistence on the pretense of loving our way into racial harmony, the movie exists almost exclusively to allow white moviegoers to nod sagely … [Read more...] about Is Another Film About Race for White People
It's 6 p.m. in Tokyo and my flying car is late. Three years late.Back to the Future promised me flying cars (and hoverboards) by 2015. Yet here I am in 2018, standing in one of the world's most high-tech cities and I have to walk. I don't even get to do it in self-lacing shoes.I'm in Tokyo for Uber Elevate, Uber's third conference outlining its plans to get flying cars off the silver screen and into our skies in as little as two years. It's a lofty ambition, but Uber has partnered with some big names in aviation and picked up its share of NASA alumni to help it get there.The goal? UberAir. A future transport network in which air travel is as easy and on-demand as Uber rides are now. As simple as "push a button, get a flight." Sounds like science fiction? Uber is adamant it can happen. "It might be something that exists in sci-fi fantasies, but we want to make it real here," says Uber's head of aviation, Eric Allison. "These vehicles are past the research phase and we're now at the … [Read more...] about How Uber is getting flying cars off the ground
Firsts This week we're taking a look at first things, early things, and—for better or worse—things that are #1. Sex, war, and getting insanely high: Society might’ve changed in the last 60,000 years or so, but these interests have remained constant. In a way, this is a kind of golden age for the aspiring recreational drug user: putting aside the public health consequences of a market flooded with mass-produced speed, painkillers and anti-anxiety meds, and putting aside as well the cost (in terms of cartel violence, punitive War on Drugs sentencing measures, etc.) of our country’s readily accessible store of coke, heroin, MDMA, weed, and experimental Chinese research chemicals, the fact remains that there are more options out there than ever for those who’re looking to get (responsibly!) fucked up. Our ancient-history counterparts weren’t so lucky (if “lucky” is the right word, for what we’ve got going here). They didn’t … [Read more...] about What Was the First Recreational Drug?
Huawei, the second-largest smartphone maker and one of the biggest telecommunications equipment suppliers in the world, had a rough start to the year. A widely expected deal to be announced at CES that AT&T would carry the Huawei Mate 10 Pro never materialized.Then reports surfaced that Verizon Wireless had also pulled out of a deal. In March, CNET reported that Best Buy would cease selling all Huawei products. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed new rules that would bar broadband companies from using a government subsidy program to buy telecom equipment from companies that pose a national security threat (without naming Huawei). It seemed like a low point for the company.And yet, here at the end of the year, things have gotten worse for Huawei. Much worse. Huawei's chief financial officer, Wanzhou Meng, was detained in Canada at the behest of the US Justice Department and faces extradition to the US over claims of doing business with Iran, in … [Read more...] about As Huawei CFO faces charges, company bookends 2018 with controversy