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New technology brings great promise, and as many problems. Smartphones put access to infinite knowledge in our pockets, but led to the rise of tech addiction. The social media platforms that connected billions of people were turned against democracy. And so it is with artificial intelligence, which could fundamentally change...
Van Jones is posing for selfies with young fans after a conference last week in Mountain View, California, on artificial intelligence and employment opportunities. Iā€™m supposed to interview him, once he can break away. But every time he tries, another earnest face turns to him, and heā€™s pulled back for...
From Snapchat to Tumblrā€”our young people are naturally conversant with technology and online environments. But comfort with technology isn't enough to be prepared or get recruited for a job in Northern California. It takes a high-quality education with expectations calibrated to market demands. To date, the deck has been stacked...
Reading, writing and arithmetic used to be the three basics of a solid education. But in this age, more kids are learning to code as well. Thousands of kids and teens are being taught coding skills at public schools and private academies across the Bay Area. ā€œCoding is an essential,...
It turns out Prince wasn't just a prolific musician; he was also a devoted activist. New stories are emerging about his continued support of black activists. Shortly after the 57-year-old's unexpected death, Alicia Garza, one of the women who began the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag that later spawned a nationwide movement, wrote...
It began with an anonymous check about 10 years ago. Environmental and human rights activist Van Jones was working on George W. Bush's Green Jobs Act when he received a $50,000 donation and no name attached to it. "I promptly returned it," he recalls. "I'm not taking anonymous checks for...
Prince, at times, had a love-hate relationship with technology. While beloved musician Prince was inspiring fans through his creativity, it turns out he had a secret life as a clean energy philanthropist. According to Princeā€™s friendĀ and longtime green advocate Van Jones, Prince was a major backer of Jonesā€™s group Green...
Political activist and formerĀ ObamaĀ administration advisorĀ Van JonesĀ knewĀ PrinceĀ well, working with The Purple One behind-the-scenes on actions that supported various social justice causes. A visibly emotional Jones detailed that activism to CNN'sĀ Don LemonĀ during an interviewĀ the night of Prince's passing.Ā  "There are people who have solar panels on their houses right now in Oakland,...
As more people who knew Prince speak publicly about him, a larger, fuller image of the pop icon is coming into focus. One facet of Prince that few knew was that of an effective but severely secretive philanthropist. Van Jones, a political activist and one-time White House Special Advisor for...
One close friend of the music icon Prince is saying it's time to "quit talking just about the music" by letting the world know music is justĀ one partĀ ofĀ his legacy. Prince was also a secret humanitarian. "[Prince] did not want it to be known publicly, but I'm going to say it...