The Obtain: tech’s gender hole, and the way Gen Z handles misinformation


That is at the moment’s version of The Obtain, our weekday e-newsletter that gives a every day dose of what’s occurring on this planet of expertise.

Why can’t tech repair its gender drawback?

Regardless of the tech sector’s nice wealth and loudly self-proclaimed company commitments to the rights of ladies, LGBTQ+ individuals, and racial minorities, the business stays largely a straight, white man’s world.

A lot of the burden for altering the system has been positioned on ladies themselves: they’re exhorted to study to code, main in STEM, and turn out to be extra self-assertive. However self-confidence and male-style swagger haven’t been sufficient to beat structural hurdles, particularly for tech staff who’re additionally mother and father. Even the pandemic’s shift in the direction of distant working hasn’t made workplaces extra hospitable to ladies.

It wasn’t at all times this manner. Software program programming as soon as was an virtually solely feminine occupation. As just lately as 1980, ladies held 70% of the programming jobs in Silicon Valley, however the ratio has since flipped solely. Whereas many issues contributed to the shift, from the tutorial pipeline to the tiresomely persistent fiction of tech as a gender-blind “meritocracy,” none clarify it solely. What actually lies on the core of tech’s gender drawback is cash. Learn the total story.

—Margaret O’Mara

Google examines how totally different generations deal with misinformation

The information: Youthful persons are extra probably than older generations to suppose they might have unintentionally shared false or deceptive data on-line—typically pushed by the stress to share emotional content material rapidly. Nevertheless, they’re additionally more proficient at utilizing superior fact-checking strategies, a brand new research from Poynter, YouGov, and Google has discovered.

What they discovered: One-third of Gen Z respondents stated they apply lateral studying (making a number of searches and cross-referencing their findings) at all times or more often than not when verifying data—greater than double the proportion of boomers.

However, however: The research depends on contributors reporting their very own beliefs and habits, which is a notoriously unreliable technique. And the optimistic figures about Gen Z’s precise habits distinction fairly starkly with different findings on how individuals confirm data on-line. Learn the total story.

—Abby Ohlheiser

The must-reads

I’ve combed the web to search out you at the moment’s most enjoyable/essential/scary/fascinating tales about expertise.

1 Amazon needs to begin providing teletherapy 
The e-commerce big is quickly increasing into healthcare. (Insider $)
And it’s increasing its palm print-reading fee system into dozens of Entire Meals shops. (Ars Technica)

2 The US has rejected Starlink’s broadband provide bid
The FCC stated it had didn’t display that it may ship on its promise to provide rural America with broadband. (TechCrunch
Who’s Starlink actually for? (MIT Expertise Evaluation)

3 Huge Tech needs to construct information facilities on US battlefields
However Civil Battle preservationists are combating again. (New Scientist $)

4 China’s financial disaster is birthing a brand new wave of tycoons
However they’re making their fortunes in sportswear and skincare, not tech. (Economist $)

5 Silicon Valley’s boy genius founders are becoming a member of the Nice Resignation
Their money-losing companies need skilled management throughout a troublesome time for the business. (NYT $)
+ Why Steve Jobs was so keen on his turtleneck. (NYT $)

6 Air con is horrible for the planet
Higher constructing air flow and greener models are only a few different options. (Vox)
+ The legacy of Europe’s warmth waves might be extra air-con. (MIT Expertise Evaluation)
+ Huge Tech’s engineers are leaving legacy companies for climate-focused startups. (Protocol)

7 Social media actually needs purchasing dwell streams to take off
Dwell ecommerce is already big in China, however takeup has been slower elsewhere. (FT $)
+ China needs to manage how its well-known livestreamers act, communicate, and even gown. (MIT Expertise Evaluation)

8 The rise and rise of the ebike ⚡
Amid rising gasoline costs, electrical bikes are a less expensive different to automobiles. (WSJ $)
+ Lithium, which is important for electrical automobile batteries, is in brief provide proper now. (WSJ $)

9 Millennials are bonding with their youngsters over Pokémon
After 26 years, the franchise has mass-generational attraction. (WP $)
+ Fewer persons are gaming now than on the top of the pandemic. (Reuters

10 Jobhunters are paying $1,000 for the proper LinkedIn headshot
In an image-obsessed world, they’re hoping it’ll give them the sting. (WSJ $)

Quote of the day

“Cyber criminals have been consuming our lunch.”

—Chris Krebs, former director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company, thinks the federal government has been blinded to the specter of on a regular basis ransomware assaults because of its deal with monitoring subtle abroad attackers, reviews PC Magazine.

The large story

That is the explanation Demis Hassabis began DeepMind

Demis Hassabis

February 2022

In March 2016 Demis Hassabis, CEO and cofounder of DeepMind, was in Seoul, South Korea, watching his firm’s AI make historical past. AlphaGo, a pc program skilled to grasp the traditional board recreation Go, performed a five-game match towards Korean professional Lee Sedol and beat him 4-1, in a victory that modified the world’s notion of what AI can do.

However whereas the DeepMind staff was celebrating, Hassabis was already fascinated by a good greater problem. He realized that his firm’s expertise was able to tackle some of the essential and sophisticated puzzles in biology, one which researchers had been attempting to resolve for 50 years: predicting the construction of proteins. Learn the total story.

—Will Douglas Heaven

We will nonetheless have good issues

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