All posts tagged: spite

In spite of abortion bans, self-managed abortions are safer than ever

In spite of abortion bans, self-managed abortions are safer than ever

As the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the 2022 Dobbs decision, abortion rights protesters held signs adorned with wire coat hangers. The symbol evoked memories from a pre-Roe era, when the only option to terminate an unwanted pregnancy was unsafe and potentially deadly. As detailed by one retired gynecologist in the New York Times in 2008, the symbol of a wire coat hanger was “in no way a myth.” He recalled a period between 1948 and 1953 when women would frequently arrive in his office with a coat hanger still trapped in the cervix — and it wasn’t just coat hangers. Crochet hooks, soda bottles, and darning needles were also used in attempts to end pregnancies.  When Roe overturned in 2022, many thought the post-Roe world would look similar to those dark pre-Roe times. But as Dr. Carole Joffe, a professor in Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at the University of California–San Francisco, told Salon in 2022, a post-Roe landscape would likely have “less injuries” but “more surveillance” — in part …

“You can watch on the TV … at Rikers”: Jimmy Kimmel may host next Oscars to spite Trump

“You can watch on the TV … at Rikers”: Jimmy Kimmel may host next Oscars to spite Trump

Jimmy Kimmel and Donald Trump can’t seem to stop beefing. During the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday night monologue, Kimmel responded to Trump’s recent Truth Social tirade aimed at him, the latest in a series of ongoing jabs between the two. “Stupid Jimmy Kimmel, who still hasn’t recovered from his horrendous performance and big ratings drop as Host of The Academy Awards, especially when he showed he suffered from TDS, commonly known as TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME, to the entire World by reading on air my TRUTH about how bad a job he was doing that night, right before he stumbled through announcing the biggest award of all, ‘Picture of the Year,’” Trump wrote on Wednesday morning.  The ex-president also mistakenly confused the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host with actor Al Pacino, writing how he  “stumbled through announcing the biggest award of all, Picture of the Year.” He concluded Kimmel was the “WORST HOST EVER OF THE ONCE VAUNTED ACADEMY AWARDS!” In response, Kimmel said, “That must be why they asked me to host the show again next year. …

Good old-fashioned AI remains viable in spite of the rise of LLMs

Good old-fashioned AI remains viable in spite of the rise of LLMs

Remember a year ago, all the way back to last November before we knew about ChatGPT, when machine learning was all about building models to solve for a single task like loan approvals or fraud protection? That approach seemed to go out the window with the rise of generalized LLMs, but the fact is generalized models aren’t well suited to every problem, and task-based models are still alive and well in the enterprise. These task-based models have, up until the rise of LLMs, been the basis for most AI in the enterprise, and they aren’t going away. It’s what Amazon CTO Werner Vogels referred to as “good old fashioned AI” in his keynote this week, and in his view, is the kind of AI that is still solving a lot of real-world problems. Atul Deo, general manager of Amazon Bedrock, the product introduced earlier this year as a way to plug into a variety of large language models via APIs, also believes that task models aren’t going to simply disappear. Instead, they have become another …

Quantum Machines continues to grow in spite of economic uncertainity

Quantum Machines continues to grow in spite of economic uncertainity

Conventional wisdom suggests that a Series B company should be hunkering down right now, cutting costs, weathering the storm, but Israeli startup Quantum Machines is defying this approach as it continues to grow in spite of the economic uncertainty swirling around the world. The company announced that it got an additional $20 million tacked onto its $50 million Series B originally announced in September 2021. While co-founder and CEO Itamar Sivan wasn’t ready to talk specifics when it came to growth metrics, he suggested that unlike a lot of other startups in 2022, his company was meeting its growth and revenue goals. “It’s funny, I met with one of our investors a couple of days ago, and they said, ours might actually be the only company they met recently that was on target for 2022,” Sivans told TechCrunch. The company actually doubled its revenue last year and is expected to do so again in 2023. While he wouldn’t share an exact number, he indicated that it reached at least $10 million last year. “I cannot …