June 26, 2022

Memes stocks, bias in AI and Instagram book clubs: the week in commented articles

Pull out your headphones, put down your phone, and listen to New York Times journalism told by the journalists who wrote the story or by world-class narrators.

This week: Erin griffith explores the recent rise in risky and wacky investments; Patricia mazzei gives a dispatch from Florida – where life seems to have continued to turn around during the pandemic; Jack healy examines the Cherokee Nation’s vaccination problems and the warning it may contain for the rest of America; Cade Metz explores how AI reproduces human prejudices; and Kate dwyer examines the proliferation of celebrity book clubs on Instagram.

In recent months, a series of manias have taken hold of the financial world. Tired of the pandemic and traditional investments like stocks and bonds, many investors have turned to more esoteric and creative assets.

Erin Griffith explores these fads, which have included instants and digital media, memes stocks, cryptocurrencies, collectibles like trading cards, and even sneakers.

Patricia Mazzei records a dispatch from what many will look like a different planet: a place that hasn’t really closed during the pandemic.

In Miami, spring breakers always flock to the beaches. Cars clutter the highways. And weekend restaurant reservations are almost necessary again. It would not, at first glance, know that no city other than New York has fought more against the coronavirus in recent weeks than Miami.

Written and narrated by Jack healy

The Cherokee Nation faces what may soon become a hurdle for the rest of the United States: As the supply of vaccines grows, how do you get those who didn’t queue up in a hurry to get them vaccinated?

The tribe administered over 33,000 doses across the reservation. Yet hundreds of slots have remained vacant and vaccine planners are waiting for their phones to ring.

Written and narrated by Cade Metz

Big tech thinkers believe AI will be the future. But it’s built in a way that reproduces the prejudices of its almost all-male, predominantly white workforce.

Last year, Dr Timnit Gebru and Dr Margaret Mitchell – two researchers who worked for Google’s Ethics AI team – wrote a research paper on how a new type of language technology, which used language technology AI built by Google, showed prejudice against women and people of color. Google then kicked out the two employees.

Written and narrated by Kate Dwyer

A generation after Oprah’s Book Club changed the publishing industry, a growing contingent of celebrities – including Florence Welch, Kaia Gerber, Emma Roberts and Emily Ratajkowski – are using Instagram to share their literary lives with millions. others.

The Times narrated articles are written by Parin Behrooz, Carson Leigh Brown, Anna Diamond, Aaron Esposito, Elena Hecht, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Anna Martin, Tracy Mumford, Tanya Perez, Margaret Willison, Kate Winslett and John Woo. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.