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Is Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ as Sexist and Godawful as the Book?

Let’s compare the blockbuster film adaptation with its relentlessly juvenile source material. [Warning: Spoilers!]<p>Late last year, I surmised that</i> …

Cryptocurrency is a giant multi-level marketing scheme

It’s hard to see red flags when you’re wearing rose-colored glasses.<p>Cryptocurrency’s warning signs having been coming fast and furious. A new report indicates that half of initial coin offerings, which are the crypto world’s money-raising equivalent of an IPO, have already died—and many of the …

Cryptocurrency

‘I’ve been here for 50 years’: the scandal of the former Commonwealth citizens threatened with deportation

They have lived nearly all their lives in the UK, working and paying taxes. But in the draconian new immigration climate, an increasing number of elderly people are being told that they are here illegally<p>For the past year, Renford McIntyre has been homeless, mostly sleeping on a sofa in an unheated …

The Blockchain Could Power Big Changes in Gaming

By<p>Jan. 17, 2018 9:28 a.m. ET<p>Heads-up, videogame fans and industry followers: Here’s some interesting news that, to what will either be your …

Quotes on Writing: 19 Classic and Contemporary Lessons from Black American Writers

I grew up in Memphis, Tenn., a city steeped history in general—but specifically in Civil Rights history. In the early 20th century, Memphis was the …

How Automation Will Change Work, Purpose, and Meaning

The vast majority of humans throughout history worked because they had to. Many found comfort, value, and meaning in their efforts, but some defined work as a necessity to be avoided if possible. For centuries, elites in societies from Europe to Asia aspired to absolution from gainful employment. …

The Future

Finland's tax cards arrive this month—here's to what to do when you get yours

The tax administration will send new tax cards to all permanent residents of Finland over the age of 15 by mid-January.There are two things that …

Couples in Finland can check genetic disease compatibility before pregnancies

Couples in Finland who are considering having children can be genetically screened to see whether they carry recessive genes that could cause serious …

Sony premieres stunning song composed by artificial intelligence

Robots are already making cashiers obsolete—now they’re targeting the musicians who staff America’s grocery stores.<p>Sony has unveiled two songs …

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Earth Temperature Is Soaring Due To Climate Change, Global Warming

Earth Temperature Over 22,0000 Years In A Graphic via Visual Capitalist<p>Climate change is a touchy subject, and it’s something that we only approach …

Machine Learning Top 10 Articles for the Past Month.

<i>In this observation, we ranked nearly 1,750 articles posted in August 2016 about machine learning, deep learning and AI.</i><p>Since an early flush of …

How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet

<b>They’re turning the web into a cesspool of aggression and violence. What watching them is doing to the rest of us may be even worse</b><p>This story is not …

Math is racist: How data is driving inequality

It's no surprise that inequality in the U.S. is on the rise. But what you might not know is that math is partly to blame.<p>In a new book, "Weapons of Math Destruction," Cathy O'Neil details all the ways that math is essentially being used for evil (my word, not hers).<p>From targeted advertising and …

African-American News

Inspired by Pokémon Go, school teacher’s book hunting game is a hit in Belgium

<i>BRUSSELS</i> <i>(</i><i>By Maria Haase Coelho, Reuters)</i> — Inspired by the success of Pokémon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon monsters, attracting tens of thousands of players in weeks.<p>While with Pokémon Go, players use a mobile …

Earth - Humans are nowhere near as special as we like to think

View image of There's not much difference between gorillas and humans (Credit: Jabruson/NPL)<p>Kanzi has good taste. He likes oranges, cherries and grapes.<p>He points to what he wants on a lexigram, a computerised touchscreen device on which each symbol represents a word. Kanzi can use 500 words and …

Race hate crime on UK railways soared after Brexit vote, figures show

British Transport police recorded 119 suspected incidents in fortnight after EU poll, up 57% on previous two weeks<p>The number of suspected race hate crimes on Britain’s railways jumped sharply following the EU referendum, figures show.<p>In the fortnight after the vote, British Transport police (BTP) …