What We’re Reading
Over the summer, the Business Today staff will be sharing weekly postings of some of the best and most interesting content we've found online. Whether you're at the beach, at home, or at the office, we hope you'll enjoy some of our finds from around the web. Here are some of our top picks for this week!

Why Can’t We Move?

Sorry to start this off with a Harvard Business School article, but I read this article earlier today about how infrastructure in the U.S. has fallen into somewhat of a state of disrepair and thought it was pretty interesting. There has been a considerable increase in private investments in infrastructure over the past decade (roughly $127 billion is now allocated to invest in infrastructure funds globally), and yet the U.S. has fallen behind other countries like Japan who have done a much better job at modernizing their transportation infrastructure. This article mainly outlines what conditions have prevented U.S. officials from rebuilding and reinventing U.S. infrastructure and why it is important to push for infrastructure investments. -- Melissa Fulenwider

Why Gun Control and Abortion are Different From Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court has come out with some incredible decisions this week spanning from healthcare to abortion, from the legality of lethal injections to gay marriage. Although each of the decisions and particularly some of the dissents are entertaining enough to read on their own, this article provides an interesting summary of some of the ways that the American public has shifted its view on some of the most dividing issues in politics today. This article does a great job at visually detailing how public opinion in regards to the issues tackled in some of the Supreme Court decisions, but also in politics in America in general, has changed and ebbed over time, in some cases predictably, in some surprisingly. -- Isabela Pena-Gonzalez

What is Code?

Every time I come home and have dinner with my family, I always seem to get asked some kind of question about computers, whether it's my clueless grandparents who can't figure something out in Word or my dad wanting to know how Bitcoin REALLY works. This is a long, multi-chapter piece, but I've never read a more accessible and complete lay explanation of the "magic" behind the software we use every day. It does a great job demystifying everything from programming languages to algorithms to data structures and making it real, without feeling like a textbook. It's worth the read. However, if you're not feeling like it, scroll down the page quickly for fun - the article will mock you! -- Matthew Lucas

Paired with AI and VR, Google Earth Will Change the Planet

As concepts such as artificial intelligence and big data analysis are applied to solving increasingly tricky problems, I find my understanding of these buzzwords gets outdated or muddled impressively frequently. This Wired article does a great job of clearly presenting some of today's implementations of artificial intelligence and big data. The article focuses on Google Earth - a widespread software - and explains how it hopes to expand to document the world more comprehensively. The article discusses projects such as environmental protection through tracking deforestation and improving education through creating virtual realities. Overall, the article is a short but insightful look into the current objectives of the software industry. -- Anna Pouschine

  • Richard

    I agree. A wise businessman in the Caribbean named Sir Kyffin Simpson always said that the key to success is progression and humility, and clearly he’s done very well for himself as a self made man!

  • John Andrews

    The Airgain IPO launches this week, and they’re a one-brand company.

    Some investors don’t think it’s a good stock though:

    http://seekingalpha.com/article/3997291-risky-signals-antenna-maker-airgain-launches-ipo

  • Cincinnati World Cinema

    Well said, Joe, and worth rereading on a regular basis! Another advantage of small-to-midsize city living is pace and competition. Living in NYC, LA and SF entailed a hectic pace, hallmarked by capital S striving, as one realized there were a ton of others doing what I do. Spending so much time in one’s car in SoCal meant much less time for quality pursuits and pleasures. A smaller pond with relaxed pace allows one to savor life and special moments.


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