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As algorithms take over, YouTube's recommendations highlight a human problem

YouTube is a supercomputer working to achieve a specific goal — to get you to spend as much time on YouTube as possible.<p>But no one told its system exactly how to do that. After YouTube built the system that recommends videos to its users, former employees like Guillaume Chaslot, a software engineer …

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Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Neuroscience Says This Kind of Lighting Can Reduce Brainpower by 30 Percent

"Dim lights are producing dimwits," says the study's author.<p>Think about the environment in which you're reading this.<p>Specifically, how's the lighting?<p>I ask because a new laboratory study out of Michigan State University suggests that working in dim lighting can "change the brain's structure and …

This is exactly what happens when you invest your money in a tracker fund

The rising popularity of “passive” investing has seen savers put hundreds of billions of pounds into cheap tracker funds. These funds allow you to invest in the FTSE 100, for example, for less than 0.1pc a year.<p>There is a general assumption that, relative to stock picking, tracking an index is a …

Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?

CO2 could soon reach levels that, it’s widely agreed, will lead to catastrophe.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Carbon Engineering, a company owned in part by Bill Gates, has its headquarters on a spit of land that juts into Howe …

Lonely? Short of friends? Try looking at it differently

You never see your friends at home alone in their pyjamas, eating pickled onion Monster Munch while watching The X Factor and feeling sorry for themselves<p>Psychologists are regularly berated for spending their workdays reaching blindingly obvious conclusions about the world – an accusation that …

Qualcomm says cars, not phones, will see the most innovation

Remember that excitement when you held the original iPhone?<p>You may get that feeling back, only it'll likely be behind the wheel of a car.<p>That's according to Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf, who believes the most exciting advances in tech over the next decade will come in the automotive realm.<p>"The car …

Asia's newest mobile wallet may actually get the region to go cashless, finally

Finally, people in Singapore are about to get an easier and quicker way to send money to a friend, via a mobile wallet app.<p>But surprisingly, it's not …

I would spend $10K to furnish my apartment with MIT’s robot furniture

Making small space living easier<p>Back in 2014, MIT debuted CityHome, a solution for tiny living spaces with the ability to pack several home necessities into a single, movable modular unit. Today, the concept — now renamed Ori Systems, after the Japanese art of origami — is available for preorder at …

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8 Ways To Use Your Gadgets At Night And Still Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Using our gadgets at night can wreak havoc on our sleep and health. Two experts reveal how to change that.<p>If you’re like most people, you probably snuggle up to your smartphone, tablet, or e-reader in bed before turning out the lights. This winding-down time is one of the only moments in the day …

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6 steps to better sleep

Think about all the factors that can interfere with a good night's sleep — from work stress and family responsibilities to unexpected challenges, …

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Can we make ourselves more intelligent?

One entertaining way to wind up a neuroscientist is to pretend to believe the popular notion that we use only 10% of our brains.<p>This myth is the premise of Luc Besson’s new film, Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman who overdoses on a designer drug that supercharges her intelligence. The …

The Complete Beginners' Guide to Artificial Intelligence

Ten years ago, if you mentioned the term “artificial intelligence” in a boardroom there’s a good chance you would have been laughed at. For most people it would bring to mind sentient, sci-fi machines such as 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL or Star Trek’s Data.<p>Today it is one of the hottest buzzwords …

Artificial Intelligence

64-bit is 32-bit’s newer, hipper sibling. Here’s why it dominates modern computing

You’ve probably seen 32-bit and 64-bit options available whenever you download an app, or install a game. Your PC might even have a sticker that says …

AI and Bitcoin Are Driving the Next Big Hedge Fund Wave

Jeffrey Tarrant is a Wall Street guy. He spent the last thirty years investing in new hedge funds. As the founder and CEO of a firm called Protege …

Donald Trump’s plan to bring jobs back to America comes with one giant asterisk

If you call something “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere,” you kind of have to get rid of it when you have the chance.<p>So it seems like only a matter of time before President Trump really does begin to pull us out of the North American Free Trade Agreement so that he can try to …

Economics

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 plan to transform its economy might be all 'smoke and mirrors'

The question is, can they do it? Oil covers 70 percent of government revenue, while the oil industry is a major employer for the Saudi workforce. The immediate reaction to the plan, announced on April 25 by Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman, was guarded optimism. Recently there has been much more …

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The RKC Plank Is the Best Excercise You Never Knew About

<i>Planking is known as one of the best exercises for your core, but did you know there's an even better variation you should be trying? Our friends over at Details share the best-kept secret to planking.</i><p>How long can you hold a plank? Three minutes? Five? (The current record is five hours, 15 minutes, …

How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them …

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