American Economic Association

Medicaid provides health insurance for millions of America’s most vulnerable people. In 2015, it covered 40 percent of all children at a cost of roughly $90 billion. Some have worried that this price tag is too high. 

But in a paper in the American Economic Review, author Andrew Goodman-Baconasserts that Medicaid coverage for children has more than paid for itself in the long run.

Goodman-Bacon found that Medicaid eligibility in early childhood reduced mortality and disability and increased employment up to 50 years later. As a result, young children in the 1960s and 1970s, who grew up with Medicaid, became healthier adults who paid more work-related taxes and relied less on welfare. 

— Read on www.aeaweb.org/research/charts/childhood-insurance-medicaid-adult-health

Appreciating the Poetic Misunderstandings of A.I. Art | The New Yorker

The Twitter account @images_ai has gained a following for its feed of surreal, glitchy, sometimes beautiful images created through machine learning.
— Read on www.newyorker.com/culture/infinite-scroll/appreciating-the-poetic-misunderstandings-of-ai-art

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble – The New York Times

Yes, it’s driven by greed — but the mania for cryptocurrency could wind up building something much more important than wealth.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/magazine/beyond-the-bitcoin-bubble.html

This sedition is brought to you by… – CREW | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Corporations and industry groups are filling the coffers of political committees tied to the so-called Sedition Caucus — creating one of the biggest obstacles to holding these members accountable for their actions. It’s time to call them out.
— Read on www.citizensforethics.org/reports-investigations/crew-reports/this-sedition-is-brought-to-you-by/

NFTs Seem Like a Frivolous Fad, But They Should Be the Future of Music – Rolling Stone

The wild boom and bust of art NFTs made many onlookers wary of blockchain-based technology — but new developments in gaming, ticketing, and music royalties reveal NFTs’ true power
— Read on www.rollingstone.com/pro/features/crypto-nft-gaming-ticketing-royalties-1197979/

Twitter updates Responsible Machine Learning Initiative

More about the work we’ve been doing to improve our ML algorithms within Twitter, and our path forward through a company-wide initiative called Responsible ML.
— Read on blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2021/introducing-responsible-machine-learning-initiative.html

‘Inconceivable’: why has Australia’s history been left to rot? | National Archives | The Guardian

Historians are aghast that the National Archives have had to resort to crowdfunding to protect irreplaceable historical records.
— Read on www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/23/inconceivable-why-has-australias-history-been-left-to-rot

Experts divided on whether Quebec can change Constitution to claim nationhood | National Post

Trudeau said Tuesday that his government shares Quebec’s views on both nationhood and the protection of the French language
— Read on nationalpost.com/news/experts-divided-on-whether-quebec-can-change-constitution-to-claim-nationhood

Only 3 percent of Earth’s land hasn’t been marred by humans | Science News

Only 3 percent of Earth’s land hasn’t been marred by humans | Science News
— Read on www.sciencenews.org/article/earth-land-ecosystems-ecology-intact-species

Cryptocurrency’s Newest Frontier – The New York Times

The craze for digital artworks known as NFTs exploded in the past year. Why are some people shelling out millions of dollars for them?
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/podcasts/the-daily/nft-bitcoin-cryptocurrency.html