Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Triumph of Death (detail), c. 1562, Museo del Prado, Madrid

The pandemic has had an effect on so many aspects of our lives, and its impact on art cannot be overlooked. Many artists confined to their homes are unavoidably producing works that directly address this problem, or that the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic will be expressed in their future works indirectly.

Many historical and popular paintings, at least in their slightly altered or quote-attached versions, are widely circulated on social media for both parody and acknowledgment. These amusing works are quickly gaining popularity. During the Last Supper, there’s the “Mona Lisa” wearing a mask, or Jesus Christ dining alone…


Black History Month, according to Barack Obama, is about “taking an unvarnished look at the past so we can build a better future.” In theory, artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine should be able to do exactly that by analyzing data from the past in order to optimize patient outcomes in the future. Experts, on the other hand, have cautioned that AI models can intensify and reproduce systemic racism. How do we make greater use of AI to achieve racial health equity?

According to McCradden and colleagues in The Lancet Digital Health, AI’s true potential lies in exposing existing biases in…


Anyone who owns a Tesla would tell you that they bought it for reasons other than driving. The amount of media publicity Tesla receives for their cars is astounding for a business that invests little money on ads. Tesla is an organization that takes pleasure in defying the car industry’s traditional wisdom. It has advanced solar technologies and begun to rethink how an automotive maker brands itself during the last 17 years.

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Tesla’s market cap increased by over 700 percent in 2020, bringing the brand’s valuation to over 800 billion…


Marcus Aurelius had a big year last year. The Stoic philosopher was everywhere 2,000 years after his death and reign as Roman emperor, including a vacation I took with friends on which one of them brought Ryan Holiday’s 2016 book The Daily Stoic, which applies ancient wisdom to modern life. When I asked about it, one answered, “I read it every day.” “It’s the kind of difficult love I’ve been looking for since my marriage breakdown.” I met someone a few weeks later who told me that they began each day by writing in Holiday’s Daily Stoic Journal.

One of…


What factors did you consider before deciding on your customer base? The answer to this question could be the difference between your company’s success and its failure.

Every company is unique and complex in its own way, but there are many parallels across industries. When I meet with a new business owner, I always request that they give me their best “elevator pitch” and walk me through their company avatar so that I can get a sense of their brand.

Clients will tell me about their product or service, as well as the demographics of their customer base. Of course…


Google just wrapped up it’s I/O developer conference and there were a few announcements I’m excited about. This year’s exhibition, like most tech events these days, was totally virtual and takes place over two days.

What is Google I/O, exactly?
Google I/O is a generally yearly developer conference where the company frequently announces new software upgrades and hardware innovations.

The most exciting part is the opening keynote, because that’s when Google makes the big news. It takes place on the first day. However, there are consumer and developer-focused keynotes, as well as technical sessions, workshops, AMAs, and meetings, at the…


Bill Gates’ recommended reading list for 2020 included a wide variety of topics. On Gates Notes, he announced his anticipated annual picks, saying that the act of exploring a wide range of topics helped him get through a tough year. “Those of us who love to read turn to all sorts of different books in difficult times — and there’s no question that 2020 counts as tough times,” he wrote.

For a change of pace, the philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder said he wanted to deal with both heavy topics like institutional injustice and lighter ones. And he hoped that his…


Usually, a customer’s relationship with a business is almost always transactional. When it comes to Tesla and its clients, though, this is not the case. Tesla investors are fully invested in the company’s growth, much as Tesla is fully invested in making the finest electric vehicles in the world.

Tesla’s target demographic is enthralled with the company’s vision and feels the company is capable of great things. …


On OpenSea, the leading website for trading NFTs, Scott Adams is offering one of his comic strips. He has two on there that he made only for the sake of having fun. They’re both the same, and one of them drops an F-bomb. Dogbert informs Dilbert that he just purchased some collectible digital art (NFTs are essentially this in a nutshell), and Dilbert thinks he’s crazy. Dogbert informs him that he just sold it for $120,000. Someone offered $5,000 on the clean edition. On Saturday, the other edition sold for $13,300.

According to a survey by NonFungible.com, the NFT industry…


Venmo users will be able to purchase, keep, and sell a variety of virtual coins, according to parent company PayPal. Venmo is the first payment app to support cryptocurrency, which will propel the once-esoteric offerings through widespread usage. Venmo can accept four common cryptocurrencies in addition to PayPal: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash.

PayPal said users will “launch their crypto trip” for as little as $1 and will have access to in-app guides and videos to learn more “about the environment of crypto.” …

Ricky S

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