The Shared Visual Language of the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics

People covering their faces with masks. Cities opening makeshift hospitals. Society thrown into upheaval by a mysterious new virus. These scenes sound like the Covid-19 pandemic, but they’re also the same ones that played out during the 1918 flu—a much deadlier outbreak that attacked even the young and healthy, ultimately claiming more than 50 million…

The Legacy of Math Luminary John Conway, Lost to Covid-19

In modern mathematics, many of the biggest advances are great elaborations of theory. Mathematicians move mountains, but their strength comes from tools, highly sophisticated abstractions that can act like a robotic glove, enhancing the wearer’s strength. John Conway was a throwback, a natural problem-solver whose unassisted feats often left his colleagues stunned. Original story reprinted…

Artificial Intelligence Won’t Save Us From Coronavirus

Artificial intelligence is here to save us from coronavirus. It spots new outbreaks, identifies people with fevers, diagnoses cases, prioritizes the patients most in need, reads the scientific literature, and is on its way to creating a cure. If only.WIRED OPINIONABOUTAlex Engler is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct…