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The speed at which you walk, for example, can be eerily predictive of health status.  In a study of nearly 35,000 people aged 65 years or older in the Journal of the American Medical Association, those who walked at about 2.6 feet per second over a short distance — which would amount to a mile in about 33 minutes — were likely to hit their average life expectancy.  With every speed increase of around 4 inches per second, the chance of dying in the next decade fell by about 12 percent.  (Whenever I think about this study, I start walking faster.)
  — James Hamblin, MD
From his article: “The Power of One Push-Up: Several simple ways of measuring a person’s health might matter more than body weight.
Appearing in:  The Atlantic, dtd: Jun 27, 2019
The specific article can be found on-line at:  https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/06/push-ups-body-weight-bmi/592834/
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Andrew Russell, a professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. “Every jump in technology draws attention and capital away from existing technologies used by the 99 percent, which therefore undermines equality, and reduces the ability for people to get onto the ‘playing field’ in the first place.”
Russell also reminded me of the famous William Gibson quote, “The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed.”
“I have never been able to understand why anyone would assume that the future would be evenly distributed,” Russell said. “To put this in a different way: I have never been able to find any evidence from human history to suggest that the future will be evenly distributed.”
  —  Adrienne LaFrance
From his article: “Technology, the Faux Equalizer
The Atlantic
31 March 2016
Found at one of the news sites I follow:  http://www.routefifty.com/
The specific link is:  http://www.routefifty.com/2016/03/silicon-valley-inequality-digital-divide/127147/?oref=govexec_today_nl
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