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Daily Archives: July 9, 2024

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Home Insurance Rates in America Are Wildly Distorted. Here’s Why.

The New York Times [unpaywalled]: “Enid, Okla., surrounded by farms about 90 minutes north of Oklahoma City, has an unwelcome distinction: Home insurance is more expensive, relative to home values, than almost anywhere else in the country. Enid is hardly the American community that is most vulnerable to damaging weather. Yet as a share of… Continue Reading

Re-Regulating UPL in an Age of AI

Walters, Ed, Re-Regulating UPL in an Age of AI (May 25, 2024). 8 Georgetown Law Technology Review 316 (2024), Available at SSRN: “States regulate the Unauthorized Practice of Law as a way to protect consumers from fraudulent, negligent, or incompetent legal services. Although states have not agreed on what specifically constitutes the “practice of… Continue Reading

NYT – The best books of the 21st century

The best books of the 21st century, including “Demon Copperhead,” Robert Caro’s latest and epic works in translation. Today: 80-61. See part one of the article. See also The New Yorker – The Best Books We Read This Week. Our editors and critics choose the most captivating, notable, brilliant, surprising, absorbing, weird, thought-provoking, and talked-about… Continue Reading

Washington Post Chatbot in Beta Responds to Questions About Climate

Washington Post – Your climate questions, answered. This is an experiment from The Washington Post to use AI to help answer your climate questions. Responses are based solely on published reporting by Post journalists. Please verify any information with the underlying articles. See also the site’s Feedback Form – Did you find what you were… Continue Reading

Future of Professionals Report

Thomson Reuters – Future of Professionals Report. AI-powered technology & the forces shaping professional work. July 2024. “Key findings – First, the productivity benefits we have been promised are now becoming more apparent. As AI adoption has become widespread, professionals can more tangibly tell us about how they will use this transformative technology and the… Continue Reading

Association between passenger-vehicle front-end profiles and pedestrian injury severity in motor vehicle crashes

The association between passenger-vehicle front-end profiles and pedestrian injury severity in motor vehicle crashes. Journal of Safety Research Volume 90, September 2024, Pages 115-127. – “Introduction: Vehicles play an important role in pedestrian injury risk in crashes. This study examined the association between vehicle front-end geometry and the risk of fatal pedestrian injuries in… Continue Reading