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Tim Cook leads Apple with a ruthless doctrine — and no one is safe from it, not even the company that put the 'silicon' in 'Silicon Valley'

For nearly 50 years, Intel put the "Silicon" in "Silicon Valley." The massive chipmaker pretty much kickstarted the PC revolution with its powerful microprocessors and its collection of multi-billion dollar chip factories.<p>But the tech giant staggered precariously on Monday, losing billions of …

Silicon Valley

OF COURSE governments won't give up control of money - that’s why crypto is crashing

The total market cap of all cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, stood at $531 billion just before the weekend, down from $830 billion at it's peak. That's a drop of about 36% in less than a month — a collapse that qualifies as a market crash.<p>People are casting around for an explanation. Why should …

Cryptocurrency

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 13 years, calls for a new approach<p>• Johann Hari Q&A: ‘I was afraid to dismantle the story about depression and anxiety’<p>In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered about depression – one that was quickly swept aside, …

Depression

North Korea Designed A Nuke. So Did This Truck Driver

This year, deep inside a mountain, North Korea detonated a giant nuclear bomb.<p>The weapon was powerful; at least 10 times more destructive than the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The North claimed it was an advanced, thermonuclear design. The test came just months …

North Korea

This Infographic Breaks Down 52 of The Most Common Misconceptions

You'd think that in the age of the internet, where more information than we can possibly consume in several lifetimes is at our fingertips, stubborn …

Infographics

Our brains sometimes create 'false memories' — but science suggests we could be better off this way

Have you ever had an argument because you disagree about the way something happened? You were both there, you saw the same thing, but you remember it differently.<p>This happens quite a lot, because human memories are imperfect. As much as we all like to think we can trust our own minds, memories can …

The Brain

Living in Japan for a year, I saw reasons for its 'demographic time bomb' everywhere — and now I'm seeing the same troubling signs at home

"Kabukicho," he said. "The hotel my company booked is in Kabukicho."<p>That seemed a little strange to me. You might call Kabukicho the red-light district in Tokyo. Hostess bars, nightclubs, street prostitutes — not an environment where I would have expected a classic hotel chain.<p>When we turned the …

Japan

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the …

Middle School

Some Airbnb Hosts Producing Job-Quitting Cash With This Emerging Business Model

Marketplace platforms often cater to both consumer and business customers. Such is the case with Airbnb, which serves guests (consumers) who are looking for unique and cost-effective accommodations, as well as property owners (businesses) who use the system to make money. Both sides of the equation …

Real Estate

Glitch: The Sleeper Coding Community Used By Facebook And Slack

“There used to be an immediacy to the web,” says Anil Dash. “It was something you made.”<p>Remember when the web was young? The salad days of AOL Instant Messenger, Geocities, and Netscape. Back then, when you wanted to dork around on the internet, you made your own web page. It was simple: You just …

Formula One

The reason you're so tired after work has hardly anything to do with your actual job

Why are we always exhausted at the end of a workday? Why do we come home wiped out, with barely enough energy to make dinner before collapsing for the night?<p>Normally, when we think about being tired, we think of physical reasons: lack of sleep, intense exercise, or long days of physical labor.<p>And …

Psychology

Here Are (Approximately) 3000 Free Data Sources You Can Use Right Now

If you need data about government activity, the welfare of Mother Earth and her children, finance, economies, industry, weather and climate, or any of a myriad of social and scientific concerns, you can get it right now, free of charge.<p>Thousands of municipal, state, and national governments now …

Open Data

Why you should define your fears instead of your goals

The hard choices -- what we most fear doing, asking, saying -- are very often exactly what we need to do. How can we overcome self-paralysis and take …

While the rest of the world tries to “kill email,” in China, it’s always been dead

It’s a familiar story for students or businessmen on their first-ever visit to China. After rounds of beer and <i>baijiu</i> with potential clients, or a karaoke gathering through a university exchange program, the foreigner will ask the Chinese person sitting next to her for his email address.<p>The Chinese …

China

There’s a dark side to meditation that no one talks about

We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation <i>ad nauseam</i>. Those disciplined enough to practice regularly are rewarded with increased control over the brainwaves known as alpha rhythms, which leads to better focus and may help ease pain. In addition to calming the mind and body, meditation can …

Meditation

A peacock's tail: how Darwin arrived at his theory of sexual selection

How Darwin developed the radical idea of females’ power to choose their mates despite it being at odds with his own notions of women as inferior<p>About 150 years ago, and “almost a lifetime” either side, Charles Darwin was beleaguered by the problem of the peacock’s tail. Just the sight of a feather, …

University of Chicago

When Your Child Is a Psychopath

The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4. But a new clinical approach offers hope.<p>This is a good day, Samantha tells me: 10 on a scale of 10. We’re sitting in a conference room at the San Marcos Treatment Center, just south of Austin, …

Empathy

The Strange Loop in Deep Learning

Douglas Hofstadter in his book “I am a Strange Loop” coined this idea:<p>In the end, we are self-perceiving, self-inventing, locked-in mirages that are …

Will Blockchain Be the Ultimate Disrupter? Harvard Says Yes | Inc.com

"Imagine a technology that could preserve our freedom to choose for ourselves and our families, to express these choices in the world, and to control our own destiny, no matter where we lived or were born. What tools and jobs could we create with those capabilities? What new business and services? …

Blockchain

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI - MIT Technology Review

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by …

Machine Learning

The dark psychology of dehumanization, explained

As anti-Muslim rhetoric increases under Trump, more Americans are seeing Muslims as less than human.<p>You can think of human psychology as a series of overlapping mental programs. One program identifies faces as individuals we recognize. Another is working memory, which allows us to make quick …

Religion

Why super-smart people may be drawn to a life of crime

From Hannibal Lecter to Walter White, the criminal mastermind has long been a staple of popular culture. Now a recent book by James Oleson, a criminologist based at the University of Auckland, suggests that real-life geniuses do indeed have a penchant for running afoul of the law.<p>In <i>Criminal Genius:</i> …

Psychology

Industry 4.0 – Building the IIoT ecosystem the right way

Is Industry 4.0 just another buzz term that’s being hyped up by technology vendors with the aim of selling more products, or a legitimate trend that will transform sectors such as manufacturing in the months and years to come?<p>The evidence points to the latter. Industry 4.0, also referred to as the …

Manufacturing

Is Data Socialization The Next Big Thing In Data Analytics?

The Big Data revolution in business has come about due to the huge increase in the amount of information we’re able to capture and analyze, from an ever growing number of sources. It’s the driving force behind a wider wave of technology-driven transformation which is taking place thanks to advances …

Big Data

AI that knows you're sick before you do: IBM's five-year plan to remake healthcare

A mix of artificial intelligence and custom silicon could help people diagnose themselves with a range of conditions before they show symptoms.<p>A chip …

Cognitive Computing

Top 10 Raspberry Pi Projects for Beginners

Maybe you picked up a Raspberry Pi for the holidays, or you’ve been sitting on one of the super versatile, palm-sized computers for a while now. If …

Raspberry Pi

A Mindset "Revolution" Sweeping Britain's Classrooms May Be Based On Shaky Science

The "growth mindset" phenomenon has swept through schools over the last 20 years and purportedly explains everything from Michael Jordan's success to Enron's failure. But the research behind it contains worrying errors.<p>Michael Jordan didn’t make his high school basketball team in 1978. He went on …

Streaming is officially crowned king of the music business. Shame it doesn’t make much money

“Slowly at first, and then all at once.” To quote those words from Hemingway’s <i>The Sun Also Rises</i> is to describe, in the most succinct way, what’s happened to the music industry in recent years—specifically, its incredible takeover by digital music streaming.<p>Subscription streaming services like …

Music Industry

After Trump And Brexit, Data Scientists Have One Main Job In 2017

In hot demand, data scientists may feel no need to justify their worth or rethink what they do. That could prove a mistake.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.</i><p>It’s hard to think of a hotter field riven by more fundamental …

Polling

Virtual Reality Can Leave You With an Existential Hangover

After exploring a virtual world, some people can’t shake the sense that the actual world isn’t real, either.<p>When Tobias van Schneider slips on a virtual reality headset to play Google’s Tilt Brush, he becomes a god. His fingertips become a fiery paintbrush in the sky. A flick of the wrist rotates …

Virtual Reality