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Who needs democracy when you have data? - MIT Technology Review

In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in “electronic democracy,” in which a single citizen, …

Human Rights

Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.

If my nephew’s ideas on immigration had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out.<p>Let me tell you a story about Stephen Miller and chain migration.<p>It begins at the turn of the 20th century, in a dirt-floor shack in the village of Antopol, a shtetl of subsistence farmers in …

Immigration

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Consciousness

Doing well in school is nothing to be proud of

For high-achieving high school students, nothing is more validating than a report card full of straight A’s. These hallowed grades promise salaried rewards aplenty in the working world. Even more importantly, contemporary culture tends to treat educational success as a sign of moral worth: Parents …

Genetics

Bad things happen when you train AI using ‘the darkest corners of Reddit’

MIT researchers trained an artificial intelligence using Reddit and you won’t believe what happened next. Just kidding. Of course you will. The worst things happened.<p>Norman, who naturally gets his name from the guest-murdering proprietor of the Bates Motel, is the “world’s first psychopath AI,” …

Leonardo da Vinci's Ingenious Design for a Self-Supporting Bridge

Or, "How to build a bridge in 10 minutes that's strong enough to support a car"<p>Of the many structures Leonardo da Vinci designed, perhaps none made …

Two thirds of developers work remotely at least some of the time, and this number is highly correlated with job satisfaction.

The status of remote work, or work-from-home (WFH) in more casual terms, is currently uncertain. While such freedom is nearly assumed within the …

A new California housing law may offer an opportunity for 'sharp-minded entrepreneurs' to make money

New-home construction is lagging behind demand and home prices are surging in many of the nation's most desirable locales, pricing out first-time buyers.<p>In California, the nation's most populous state, the effects of the crisis are especially dire. Rents are crazy-high — up to $4,170 for the median …

Housing

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find.<p>A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the …

Trump Brags That He Cost a Man His Livelihood

The president was cheered at a Kentucky rally for a politically correct attack on Colin Kaepernick.<p>During the 2016 election, dozens of voters told me they would vote for Donald Trump partly because they were sick of “social justice warriors” and political correctness. “There is no saying ‘Hey, I …

The Chicago attorney fired by Trump published a sobering letter about a 'city on fire'

US attorney in Chicago Zachary Fardon published a sobering open letter on Monday after he submitted his resignation.<p>In his letter, Fardon spoke at length about the most consistent problem that plagues Chicago: gun violence.<p>The former US attorney, who assumed his position in 2013, said that, "At no …

Los Angeles

The Democratic Party is facing a demographic crisis

In 2008, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama outperformed his predecessors John Kerry and Al Gore with virtually every single demographic group, handily defeating his Republican rival John McCain.<p>This success spread to down-ballot races as well. Democrats expanded control over the House …

Democratic Party

The 10,000-hour rule is wrong and perpetuates a cruel myth

Carlsen's subsequent rise to chess stardom was meteoric: grandmaster status later in 2004; a share of first place in the Norwegian Chess Championship in 2006; youngest player ever to reach World No. 1 in 2010; and highest-rated player in history in 2012.<p>What explains this sort of spectacular …

Psychology

Here's What's Become Of A Historic All-Black Town In The Mississippi Delta

Teddy Roosevelt proclaimed it "The Jewel of the Delta."<p>Booker T. Washington praised it as a model of "thrift and self-government."<p>Mound Bayou, in the Mississippi Delta: a town founded in 1887 by former slaves, with a vision that was revolutionary for its time.<p>From the start, it was designed to be a …

The UX Mistakes That Cost Companies Millions

My friend is a steel structure engineer – his company has been involved in putting up enormous structures, like the iconic Gherkin in London. If he …

Web Design

The Price We Pay For Better Living

<i>This article was originally published at Stratfor.com.</i><p><b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>The Global Affairs column is curated by Stratfor’s board of contributors, a diverse group of thinkers whose expertise inspires rigorous and innovative thought. Their opinions are their own and serve to complement and even challenge</i> …

This is the Republican plot to kill the US corporate income tax as we know it

Donald Trump’s eagerness to pick trade fights is threatening to undermine his own party’s plan to eliminate the corporate income tax. At the very least, it’s unquestionably made it more confusing.<p>Last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump wanted to slap a 20% tax on goods …

Economics

Step Inside One Couple’s Game-Changing Live/Work Loft

Drawing inspiration from game design and the whimsical geometries of M.C. Escher, architecture firm CHA:COL designs a multifunctional studio in Los Angeles that plays with perspective.<p>While some city dwellers prefer to escape to the country, creative couple Marie Lu and Primo Gallanossa chose to …

Game Design

AI That Picks Stocks Better Than the Pros - MIT Technology Review

The ability to predict the stock market is, as any Wall Street quantitative trader (or quant) will tell you, a license to print money. So it should …

Blockchain’s brilliant approach to cybersecurity

Hackers can shut down entire networks, tamper with data, lure unwary users into cybertraps, steal and spoof identities, and carry out other devious attacks by leveraging centralized repositories and single points of failure.<p>The blockchain’s alternative approach to storing and sharing information …

Blockchain

Let’s make Series A terms more logical by moving to object-oriented capital

Gil Penchina Contributor<p>Gil Penchina is a partner at IDG Ventures and Flight.vc.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>SEC shows support for ICOs that are not obviously securities<p>Seed terms have gotten much better, but I still find Series A (and beyond) term sheets frustrating. I think we can change the …

Venture Capital

The case against empathy

Why this Yale psychologist thinks you should be compassionate, not empathetic.<p>Who can be against empathy? If our moral intuitions align on anything, is it not on the idea that empathy for other human beings is a good thing? What harm could come from identifying with the thoughts and feelings of our …

Why People Vote for Counterproductive Policies

Human beings are really good at picking out cause-and-effect relationships. But they’re bad at predicting future consequences.<p>Governing is often a cause-and-effect business. Give workers a tax break on retirement accounts? More people save for life after the working world. Offer a rebate for old …

Economics

Peter Thiel is almost definitely behind this mysterious ‘Heterodox Science’ course

And we have the course syllabus<p>Earlier this year, the Berkeley Institute, a private academic institution, listed a seminar on “Heterodox Science.” The seminar was first scheduled to begin in November, then moved to January. On the Institute’s website, the instructor of the Heterodox Science course …

Peter Thiel

Millennial Innovators Are About to Leave Big Cities

Datto, a billion-dollar data backup company, was not founded in Silicon Valley.<p>Austin McChord founded the business out of his parents’ basement in …

The rise of the family office venture investor

Paul Karger Contributor<p>Paul Karger is co-founder and managing partner of TwinFocus Capital, a boutique multifamily office for global ultra-high-net-worth families, entrepreneurs and professional investors.<p>Wes Karger Contributor<p>Wes Karger is co-founder and managing partner of TwinFocus Capital, a …

How I Learned To Love Statistics — And Why You Should, Too

I always hated statistics. I mean really, really, <i>really</i> hated it.<p>Recently though, I've had a change of heart about the subject. In response, I find statistics changing my mind, or at least changing my perspective.<p>Let me explain.<p>When I was an undergraduate physics major, lab classes were mandatory. …

Donald Trump will not destroy America: The geopolitics of our next president

<b>FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP)</b><p>Whatever Trump brings, it will not be the fall of America — that is a bigger project than any one president<p>Ryan Bohl<p>November 20, 2016 7:30pm</i> …

It’s only wrong when YOU do it! The psychology of hypocrisy | Dean Burnett

Hypocrisy seems to be everywhere lately. How do people reconcile themselves to saying one thing and doing another? And are there benefits?<p>In these times of political turmoil, aggressive online discourse, “post-truth” society and lord knows what else, one thing is hard to deny: there’s a lot of …