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Microsoft’s AI bot turns racist, gets shut down

When a child reaches an age where they are able to read, the worst thing you can do is set them loose on social media, and encourage them to talk to …

Social Media

How Bernie Sanders got his foreign policy groove back

Several months ago, the pundit class had a specific and compelling brief against Bernie Sanders: He was wobbly on foreign policy.<p>It wasn't that he …

Political Science

Amplified messages: How hashtag activism and Twitter diplomacy converged at #ThisIsACoup – and won

<i>Online activism is a frequently debated topic amongst journalists and researchers alike, but what effect can a popular Twitter hashtag really have in</i> …

Twitter's new rules finally explicitly ban hateful speech and keep users from self-harm

Twitter has had something of a rocky history with dealing with abuse and harassment on its platform, but recently the company has been making some moves to mitigate that.<p>Its latest action comes today in the form of an update to the official Twitter rules, laying out clearer language to emphasize …

The Trudeau Government's First Big Mistake

Canada's two-month-old Liberal government is facing its first controversy, one that highlights an enduring dilemma in public policy: When is it worth …

Canada

How Long Until a Robot Takes Your Job?

An interview with Rise of the Robots author, Martin Ford<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links …

Learning

A major shift is happening in the meaning of death: From ineffable destiny to legislated human right

Mike Faille/National PostDeath is quite a character.In drama from the latest James Bond all the way back to Sophocles, he is forever coughing from …

Humanities

With different rules, some big elections in 2015 would have had very different outcomes

AFTER every election, victors are wont to proclaim that “the people have spoken”. But the translation of the popular will into winners and losers …

Buenos Aires

What does Silicon Valley lobby the US government for?

<i>This article was first published in the January 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

Silicon Valley

In the U.S., rich kids see the doctor more. In the Netherlands, poor kids do.

Both the United States, a big country of 318 million, and the Netherlands, a smaller one of 17 million, spend a lot more on health care than the average rich country. But all that money has a highly unequal impact. The Dutch spend less than Americans per person, yet their children are some of the …

Health Care