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Potty Training and Market Incentives, Vaping’s Supply Chain, Climate, AI, Schizophrenia, and Fintech (Weekend Reads, 2/15/20)

Weekend Reads is an eclectic collection of seven fascinating articles I’ve encountered during the previous week. These are posted here in a spirit of open dialogue, curiosity, and explorative conversation (Bollinger, 2019; Hatch, 2019) . Hope you find these as thought-provoking as I have. Thoughtful, well-reasoned, and respectful comments are always welcome.


EXPLAINED: WHY THE FEDS ARE RAIDING TECH COMPANIES FOR MEDICAL RECORDS
“American medical records are being raided by police, and tech companies may even be selling your most personal data.”
Forbes, Thomas Brewster, 2/9/20


HOW A CASH CRUNCH IN INDIA LED TO THE WIDESPREAD ADOPTION OF E-PAY TECHNOLOGY
“The rapid spread of a fintech app offers lessons for companies and policymakers.”
Kellogg Insight, Roberta Kwok, 1/2/20
Based on the Research of Nicolas Crouzet, Apoorv Gupta, and Filippo Mezzanotti (“Shocks and Technology Adoption: Evidence from Electronic Payment Systems” – Working Paper, 2019)


AN ECONOMIST’S GUIDE TO POTTY TRAINING
“Incentives are as risky in parenting as they are in business.”
The MIT Press Reader, Joshua Gans, 2/6/20


THE LUCRATIVE, LARGELY UNREGULATED, AND WIDELY MISUNDERSTOOD WORLD OF VAPING
“As medical researchers scramble to find the source of a fatal lung disease and officials seek to ban the sale of vape pens, our correspondent set out to separate reality from hysteria.”
The California Sunday Magazine, Amanda Chicago Lewis, 1/30/20


THE STRAIGHT LINE FROM GOOGLE MAPS TO CLEARVIEW AI
“A mostly forgotten privacy scandal from a decade ago feels freshly relevant on Maps’ 15th birthday.”
The Verge, Casey Newton, 2/7/20


PEOPLE BORN BLIND ARE MYSTERIOUSLY PROTECTED FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA
“The possible explanations could help us better understand the condition.”
Vice Magazine, Shayla Love, 2/11/20


CLIMATE MODELS ARE RUNNING RED HOT, AND SCIENTISTS DON’T KNOW WHY
“The simulators used to forecast warming have suddenly started giving us less time.”
Bloomberg Green, Eric Roston, 2/3/20


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