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Op-ed: There’s an increased demand for financial advice. Are advisors up to the challenge?

Finance
Jamie Grill | The Image Bank | Getty ImagesThe financial uncertainty created by the global pandemic has made an impact on Americans of all generations and income levels.Even as the economy starts to show signs of recovery, too many Americans are still unemployed, and the uncertainty over the shape of economic recovery lingers. For some, that is translating to concerns around whether a secure retirement will be possible. For others, it is causing anxiety about the attainability of basic financial goals, such as buying a new home or sending a child to college.And for many younger Americans, it is raising questions about the impact of the pandemic on their lifetime earnings potential and what that means for their longer-term financial security.More from FA Playbook:Here's a look at other stor...
AI conquers challenge of 1980s platform games

AI conquers challenge of 1980s platform games

Science
Go-ExploreScientists have come up with a computer program that can master a variety of 1980s exploration games, paving the way for more self-sufficient robots.They created a family of algorithms (software-based instructions for solving a problem) able to complete classic Atari games, such as Pitfall.Previously, these scrolling platform games have been challenging to solve using artificial intelligence (AI).The algorithms could help robots better navigate real-world environments.This remains a core challenge in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. The types of environments in question include disaster zones, where robots could be sent out to search for survivors, or even just the average home.The work in this study falls into an area of AI research known as reinforcement lear...
NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm

NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm

Technology
The NHS is facing a legal challenge over its data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir, Sky News can reveal.Palantir, which has become notorious for its close ties to security services and immigration agencies in the United States, secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1. The court case against the health service, which was announced today, could force it to reconsider the contract, which was extended in December 2020 and is now worth £23.5m.Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world The lawsuit is the latest challenge over procurement during the pandemic, which has become a highly contentious topic in recent months, with critics accusing the government of favouring its own contacts. ...
Biden environmental challenge: Filling vacant scientist jobs

Biden environmental challenge: Filling vacant scientist jobs

Technology
Polluting factories go uninspected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Leadership positions sit vacant at the U.S. Geological Survey's climate science centers. And U.S. Department of Agriculture research into environmental issues important to farmers is unfinished.The ranks of scientists who carry out environmental research, enforcement and other jobs fell in several agencies — sharply in some — under former President Donald Trump, federal data shows. Veteran staffers say many retired, quit or moved to other agencies amid pressure from an administration they regarded as hostile to science and beholden to industry.That poses a challenge for President Joe Biden, who must rebuild a depleted and demoralized work force to make good on promises to tackle climate change, protect ...
Backstage with Downton star Dan Stevens: I want to challenge and surprise

Backstage with Downton star Dan Stevens: I want to challenge and surprise

Entertainment
There is no rhyme or reason to the kind of roles actor Dan Stevens chooses, just as long as he remains challenged by the experience.Following his breakthrough role as Matthew Crawley on the worldwide phenomenon that is Downtown Abbey, Stevens has taken on the big budget live action adaptation of the Beast in Disney's Beauty And The Beast and played a homicidal war veteran in the cult film The Guest. In 2020 alone he starred alongside Harrison Ford in the adventure film The Call Of The Wild and showcased his version of blue steel as Alexander Lemtov in the comedy Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga. Image: A remote beachside retreat becomes a thing of nightmares. Pic: The Rental/Amazon Prime Now in early 2021, he has two ve...