Jun 5, 2017

Gavin Newsom worried about robots

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Gavin Newson, California's lieutenant governor and a frontrunner to become governor next year, says there's an "empathy gap" as Silicon Valley rushes ahead with technology that will upend society. According to the Guardian:

He says that while he respects technology, "I'm starting to appreciate the downsides more and more".

Why it matters: Newson is a rising Democratic political star giving voice to concerns some have about how technology is threatening jobs.

Go deeper

Experimental coronavirus vaccine to be tested on humans

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The vaccine that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and drugmaker Moderna have been developing to combat the coronavirus is ready to be tested on humans, NIAID director Anthony Fauci told the Wall Street Journal.

The state of play: The rapidly developed vaccine will be tested on 20–25 healthy volunteers in April to determine whether two doses will be safe and generate an immune response to protect against infection. Results will be available in July or August, Fauci told WSJ.

#MeToo gets Weinstein

A man carries out Weinstein's walker. Photo: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is now a convicted rapist, two years and four months after accusations against him helped ignite the #MeToo movement.

Why it matters: To date, #MeToo has resulted in hundreds of powerful men losing their jobs. Seven have been criminally convicted, with four others still facing charges.