Videoconferencing is now common. We know that it does not work as well as it should in part because we keep looking at the screen, not at the camera, and this breaks eye contact… an important behavior for human beings. Apple is deploying a fix for this problem in its own videoconferencing software by slightly altering the image to make it appear as if you were looking straight at the camera. It should be available publicly in a few months. Hopefully, other videoconferencing software will follow the lead.
Though the United States is often thought to be a a leader in research, in a comparison between the leading economies (G20), the researchers found that the output and impact of American researchers are in decline and that the output per researcher has fallen below the G20 average.
Most new drugs entering the market are useless. I think that this should be expected: progress is hard and most of our attempts fail, even if we can only recognize the failures much later. In my mind, we should not worry that too many useless drugs are marketed, we should fear that companies shy away from risky new ventures. Don’t blame the innovators when they take risks and fail, encourage them to fail more often, to take bigger risks.