Pet Toy Tariffs, an Everest Traffic Jam, and Calls from North Korea

Weekend Reads: May 24, 2019

Google Trained Its AI to Predict Lung Cancer

Christine Fisher | Engadget | Tweeted by Jennifer Huddleston

Google is testing a new AI-based tool to detect lung cancer. In early studies, Google’s AI detected five percent more cancer cases than six board-certified radiologists and reduced false-positive exams by more than 11 percent.

Facial Recognition: Dawn of Dystopia, or Just the New Fingerprint?

Julie Bosman and Serge F. Kovaleski | The New York Times | Retweeted by Adam Thierer

Law enforcement agencies across the country use facial recognition to solve cold cases, but many worry this is a violation of Americans’ privacy.

Velocity Is Strangling Baseball — and Its Grip Keeps Tightening

Dave Sheinin | The Washington Post | Shared by Tyler Cowen

With the increasing velocity of pitchers, Major League Baseball games have slowed and the bullpen is becoming more important than the starters. Rule changes could be coming to mitigate the shift.

'Traffic Jam' on Everest as Two More Climbers Die Reaching Summit | Tweeted by Alex Tabarrok

On Wednesday, more than 200 climbers attempted to summit Mount Everest. Delays of up to two hours caused two deaths, raising the total death toll for the year to four.

U.S. Officer on a Pink Phone Dials down North Korea Tensions

Timothy W. Martin | The Wall Street Journal | Tweeted by Brent Skorup

A telephone installed at the Korean Demilitarized Zone led to the UN and North Korea installing a phone line in 1976 for official messages. The phone went silent in 2013, but now two calls a day are made on the decades-old phone.

Recognizing a Tyrant or Tyrant-To-Be

Pierre Lemieux | The Library of Economics and Liberty | Shared by Donald Boudreaux

While tyrant can be a subjective term, it’s clear that not everyone has to dislike a ruler for him or her to be a tyrant.

Your Dog’s Puffy Vest Is about to Get More Expensive — along with Thousands of Other Items Hit by New Tariffs

Abha Bhattarai | The Washington Post | Retweeted by Christine McDaniel

One small company that produces pet products is facing tariffs ten times higher than a year ago, leading to consumers paying higher prices or dogs going vest-less.

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Miles Kimbal, Noah Smith, and Quartz| The Atlantic | Retweeted by Salim Furth

Studies show that hard work, not genetics, improves a person’s basic ability in math. Unfortunately, the “I’m not a math person.” line leads to a cycle of lost opportunity where people who believe they’re bad at math because of genetics won’t try to learn.