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“You could actually restore a species to be even more diverse and healthier than it was before, Church says. “You can include diversity from multiple points in the globe and multiple points in time.””
“There’s another population of people who came and never left: those freed by COVID from cubicles and work commutes.”
“Algorithms…don’t go on mutant rampages, they only sometimes reveal and amplify the cruddy human biases that underpin them.”
“The role of the cartographer isn’t just data analytics,” says Molly Burhans, an activist mapping the land assets of the Catholic Church. “It’s also storytelling.”
Can we survive the social web?
“It’s a feeling instead of living as a guinea pig for an opaque set of private interests, and a feeling that I can’t trust an industry that would ever put unsecure devices inside patients in the first place.”