Bookmarked Why Do Americans Love Ice Cubes So much? (Tedium: The Dull Side of the Internet.)

Why are ice cubes seemingly as American as unnecessary medical debt? Perhaps it’s all the hard work we used to put into acquiring all that ice back in the day.

Andrew Egan discusses the place and importance of ice in American history and the impact that it has had on the world today (7/11). I remember Steven Johnson discussing this in his book/series How We Got to Now: Six innovations that made the modern world.
Replied to Microsoft’s Ethical Reckoning Is Here (WIRED)

On Sunday, critics noted a blog post from January in which Microsoft touted its work with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The post celebrated a government certification that allowed Microsoft Azure, the company’s cloud-computing platform, to handle sensitive unclassified information for ICE. The sales-driven blog post outlined ways that ICE might use Azure Government, including enabling ICE employees to “utilize deep learning capabilities to accelerate facial recognition and identification,” Tom Keane, a general manager at Microsoft wrote. “The agency is currently implementing transformative technologies for homeland security and public safety, and we’re proud to support this work with our mission-critical cloud,” the post added.

I am currently reading James Bridle’s New Dark Age and wonder if the partnership between ICE and Azure is just technology returning home?