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News Above the Noise—Week of May 7, 2023

News Above the Noise—Week of May 7, 2023

By The Sunday Paper Team
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1. King Charles III—The Oldest Monarch to Take the British Throne

It was a moment in history—for the United Kingdom and the world. Yesterday, the coronation celebration of King Charles III took place at Westminster Abbey in central London. It is the first since the 1952 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who went on to serve as the longest-reigning British Monarch. The coronation followed tradition minus a few changes instituted by King Charles. For the first time, non-Protestant faith leaders had a role in the coronation, leading the first processions into Westminster Abbey. To watch the highlights from the coronation, click here.

2. The Godfather of A.I. Leaves Google and Warns of Danger Ahead

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) pioneer Geoffrey Hinton has worked for half a century on the technology that would become the intellectual foundation for the A.I. systems we’re all hearing more about—and even already using—today. Yet this week, he joined a growing group of critics who are speaking out about the risks of A.I., even going so far as telling The New York Times he now regrets his life’s work. To read the story, click here.

3. Non-Profit Grocery Stores Are Rehabbing America’s Food Deserts

How’s this for shocking and sad: 76 counties in the U.S. are without a single grocery store, according to the latest data from the USDA. Thankfully, small grocers are stepping in to fill the need, with communities expanding healthy food access thanks to these locally owned co-op shops that often offer free or marked-down produce. For more on this story, click here.

4. Do You Really Need 10,000 Steps to Stay Healthy?

Taking 10,000 steps has become a catchy phrase and worthy exercise goal for countless Americans—a challenging yet doable benchmark for most people to aim to hit each day. Yet the concept isn’t actually rooted in science but rather in a marketing gimmick created by a Japanese company who wanted to sell a pedometer. (The Japanese character for “10,000” looks like a person walking!) So, how many steps should you aim to take? This excellent article will help you land on the right number for you.

5. How “Enlightened Selfishness” Can Lead To A More Fulfilling Marriage

When it comes to a healthy marriage, the phrase “selfish” isn’t likely one that comes to mind. However, the philosopher Agnes Callard says we can push the boundaries of modern relationships by re-examining the different kinds of selfishness and how they might serve us and our relationships. To read (or listen) to her thoughts, click here.

Editor's Note: Every week, The Sunday Paper's team of journalists sifts through the news to make sense of what's happening in the world and provide hope for your week to come. We find what Rises Above the Noise and do our best to highlight what we think matters. If you’d like to read more in-depth, please note that while we do our best to feature articles that are not behind a paywall, some of the news pieces we recommend require their own subscriptions beyond our control.

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