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Fri, May 26, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, May 26, 2017 -- 2:00 AM Intelligence Squared U.S.

Is Walmart Good for America? -- Walmart has long been a target for critics of corporate expansion, but does the company really deserve the scrutiny? Some say that the big-box retailer devastates small communities by pushing out locally-owned businesses, mistreats its workers through low pay and restrictive work hours, and forces American companies to use cheap foreign labor to produce goods at low cost. Others point to the fact that Walmart provides countless jobs to low-skilled American workers, sells affordable goods, has increasingly become a leader in sustainability, and attracts new consumers and businesses to its neighborhoods. Has Walmart been good for America?

Thu, May 25, 2017 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, May 25, 2017 -- 8:00 PM Intelligence Squared U.S.

Is Walmart Good for America? -- Walmart has long been a target for critics of corporate expansion, but does the company really deserve the scrutiny? Some say that the big-box retailer devastates small communities by pushing out locally-owned businesses, mistreats its workers through low pay and restrictive work hours, and forces American companies to use cheap foreign labor to produce goods at low cost. Others point to the fact that Walmart provides countless jobs to low-skilled American workers, sells affordable goods, has increasingly become a leader in sustainability, and attracts new consumers and businesses to its neighborhoods. Has Walmart been good for America?

Thu, May 25, 2017 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, May 25, 2017 -- 2:00 AM The Computer History Museum Presents

From Screen Queen to Imaging Innovator -- Mary Lou Jepsen has lead Facebooks virtual reality efforts, advised Googles Sergey Brin and invented $100 laptops. Now she is turning her consumer electronics experience to the task of curing disease. After decades of working in display divisions at some of Silicon Valleys biggest companies, her goal is to shrink todays massive MRI machines into wearable devices that continuously scan the body. Jepsens new company, OpnWatr.io, is developing technology that uses the way the body scatters infrared light to develop high resolution images equal to those produced by MRI. This is enabled by novel LCDs with pixels small enough to create holographic images, coupled with the use of body-temperature detectors and complex software. These LCDs are small and light enough that they could line a beanie or a bandage. The implications of a wearable body imaging system are significant for detecting and treating cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and even mental illnesses. Join us as Mary Lou Jepsen discusses her Silicon Valley history, her company on the cutting edge of tech and medicine and her vision for the future of body imaging and healthcare. She holds a PhD in optical physics and an ScB in electrical engineering both from Brown University as well as an ScM in computational holography from the MIT Media Lab. She is an inventor on over 100 published or issued patents.

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