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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has expanded Microsoft's work on accessibility. Photo: Microsoft

Microsoft is using its annual Build developer conference to talk up a number of artificial intelligence efforts, including a new project to explore ways AI can help people with disabilities.

Why it matters: As Microsoft looks to expand its use of AI, it aims to show that it is doing so responsibly and with the betterment of civilization in mind. Google is expected to make a similar case at I/O later this week and Facebook also touted its AI ethics last week.

Microsoft's "AI for accessibility" effort will be a mix of technology commitments, grants and other assistance.

Also at Build, Microsoft is announcing partnerships with drone maker DJI and Qualcomm and offer up Kinect for Azure, bringing its motion-sensing camera technology into the cloud era.

History lesson: Kinect initially debuted as a means for maneuvering Xbox games with body movements. Microsoft later brought it to Windows but had stopped selling Xbox and Windows versions.

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Study: Key Antarctic ice shelf is speeding up its collapse

Pine Island Glacier calves several new icebergs on Feb. 11, 2020, as seen via satellite. Photo: NASA Earth Observatory

The Pine Island Glacier on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is responsible for more than a quarter of Antarctica's contribution to global sea level rise over the past decades. Now, a new study shows it is more vulnerable to rapid melting than thought, because climate change is weakening its natural braking system.

Why it matters: At stake is the future of a glacier containing about 160 trillion tons of ice, which if it were all to melt into the ocean would cause about 1.6 feet of global sea level rise.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
4 hours ago - Economy & Business

Workers are taking power back

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

American workers have been losing power since 1980 — but now the tables are turning.

Why it matters: The 2010s gave us the gig economy and left millions of workers stranded seemingly forever on the precipice of financial ruin. The 2020s could be the decade when workers seize back the reins of power.

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Teachers across the U.S. protest laws restricting racism lessons

Thousands of teachers and other educators held protests across the U.S. Saturday against the actions of "at least 15 Republican-led states" that aim to restrict teaching about racism in class, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: There were demonstrations in at least 22 cities for the "Day of Action" to raise awareness about moves to limit students' exposure to critical race theory, which links racial discrimination to the nation's foundations and legal system, per Axios' Russell Contreras.