The NY Times editorializes: The Right Minimum Wage: $0. "The idea of using a minimum wage to overcome poverty is old, honorable – and fundamentally flawed." That was in 1987. Everyone has a right to change their mind, but those arguments are just as compelling today.
Interesting article by Laura Hudson in Boing Boing about the game Never Alone, which features an Alaska Native girl named Nuna and her pet arctic fox. "Cook Inlet Tribal Council members weren't just asked to superficially consult; they became part of a greenlight committee that had equal numbers of E-Line employees and Natives, and worked together to address problems related to everything from concept art to personnel." After watching the video, I wanted to play the game, which is amazing because I'm not really a gamer.
A great use of technology: Machine learning used to predict fine wine price moves. I'll drink to that, but of course using it to make fine wine finer would be a higher and better use.
Of course they are: North Korea is creating a new time zone. It is offset from South Korea, China, and Japan by ... 30 minutes. That will certainly make things easier.
Wow: IBM are buying Merge Healthcare for $1B, to add medical images to Watson. "When IBM set up its Watson health business in April, it began with a couple of smaller medical data acquisitions and industry partnerships with Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic. Last week, IBM announced a partnership with CVS Health, the large pharmacy chain, to develop data-driven services to help people with chronic ailments like diabetes and heart disease better manage their health." This is probably the biggest visual search deal yet, and it's focused on medical imaging. How interesting!