Sanjay Purohit

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Artificial intelligence will sharpen the East-West divide

By Nathan Gardels<p><i>This is the weekend roundup of The WorldPost, of which Nathan Gardels is the editor in chief.</i><p>Technology is not a neutral tool. Its use is infused with the cultural ethos of those who deploy it.<p>Digital connectivity may have been conceived in the algorithmic imagination of Silicon …

Artificial Intelligence

Understanding “New Power”

We all sense that power is shifting in the world. We see increasing political protest, a crisis in representation and governance, and upstart businesses upending traditional industries. But the nature of this shift tends to be either wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated.<p>There are those …

Could Blockchain Technology Help Avoid Another Cambridge Analytica?

The role of centralized internet giants as “digital identity brokers” is under fire. While users worry about privacy, tech giants (like Facebook and …

Blockchain

An Apology for the Internet — From the Architects Who Built It

<b>Something has gone wrong</b> with the internet. Even Mark Zuckerberg knows it. Testifying before Congress, the Facebook CEO ticked off a list of …

Can Social Media Be Saved?

I don’t need to tell you that something is wrong with social media.<p>You’ve probably experienced it yourself. Maybe it’s the way you feel while scrolling through your Twitter feed — anxious, twitchy, a little world weary — or your unease when you see a child watching YouTube videos, knowing she’s …

Facebook, Google, your reign may soon be over

By Fareed Zakaria<p>Columnist<p>We might look back on 2017 as the last moment of unbridled faith and optimism in the technology industry. The revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s use of Facebook data — mining more than 50 million users’ personal information — came at a time when people were already …

Algorithms Are Creating A “Digital Poorhouse” That Makes Inequality Worse

A new book, “Automating Inequality,” catalogs the ways government technology for the poor often ends up being punitive rather than uplifting.<p>In Los Angeles, an algorithm helps decide who–out of 58,000 homeless people–gets access to a small amount of available housing. In Indiana, the state used a …

Twelve leverage points

This article is about leverage points related to System Dynamics. For other uses, see Center of gravity (military).<p>The <b>twelve leverage points to</b> …

Why Cities Are Starting to Shun Sewers

On the outskirts of Bangalore, India’s tech capital, an office doubles as a museum of the toilet. An exhibit in one room traces the history of …

Could your thoughts make you age faster?

<i>Jenn Liv</i><p>Researchers are finding that your mental patterns could be harming your telomeres — essential parts of the cell’s DNA — and affecting your …

Estonia, the Digital Republic

Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, …

Europe

The power of pooling philanthropic funds » India Development Review (IDR)

Pooled funding from multiple donors has historically been used in emergency response situations, such as natural disasters and human made conflicts, …

The Co-Creation Imperative: How To Make Organizational Change Collaborative

<b>Lego’s IDEAS platform. Ramaswamy And Gouillart On Co-Creation</b><p>We can learn a lot about engaging employees in organizational change from Lego’s pioneering approach to co-created product design. Lego’s IDEAS website is an excellent example of an online co-creation platform. Here is how it works. The …

Design

How to Design Social Systems (Without Causing Depression and War)

In my note to Mark Zuckerberg (which you probably want to read first), I urged his team and other technologists to reimagine their products as …

Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others?

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>Creativity is often …

How micro-innovation could transform India

We have now heard the story to the point of exhaustion – the human race is under threat and the robots will take all our jobs as they learn to mimic …

Google Maps’s Moat

The impossibility of intelligence explosion

In 1965, I. J. Good described for the first time the notion of “intelligence explosion”, as it relates to artificial intelligence (AI):<p>Let an …

Why the Law Doesn't (and Sometimes Shouldn't) Protect Us From the Algorithms That Rule Our Lives

Most people are aware that algorithms control what you see on Facebook or Google, but automated decision-making is increasingly being used to …

The Great AI Paradox - MIT Technology Review

You’ve probably heard versions of each of the following ideas.<p>1. With computers becoming remarkably adept at driving, understanding speech, and other …

Artificial Intelligence

How do we teach 21st century skills in classrooms?

By Esther Care, Helyn Kim, Alvin VistaOver the past several decades, there has been increased demand for formal education to include the development …

Can a social network for birdwatchers save the planet?

“The idea is this ‘canary in the coal mine’ concept. We use birds as a proxy for ecosystem health overall: they don’t serve as a perfect indicator, …

Thomas Jones: X marks the self

Before it was co-opted as the pocketwatch of late capitalism – a gift from the US government – GPS was developed as a way to help the US air force …

GPS

The Web began dying in 2014, here's how

André Staltz<p>The Web began dying in 2014, here's how<p>30 Oct 2017<p>Before the year 2014, there were many people using Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Today, …

The Importance of Sleep and Strategies For Sleeping Better

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too …

University of California

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Intelligence Isn't Something You're Born With. It's Acquired When You Learn How To Do These 5 Things

Intelligence is earned.<p>Outliers have a tendency to give the masses the wrong ideas.<p>When we hear stories about a seven year old who can speak 14 different languages, or see a video of someone with a photographic memory repeating back every single person's name in a fifty person auditorium, we sit …

How the world’s poorer countries breathe worse air, in charts and maps

By Max Bearak<p>, Bureau chief<p>On Sunday, India ratified its accession to the Paris climate accords on the 147th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. President Obama congratulated India in a tweet, saying that "Gandhiji believed in a world worthy of our children. In joining the Paris Agreement, …

Pollution

The best way forward for Privacy is to open up your data - ProductNation

Since conception, the India Stack has always been presented as having 4 layers. The first 3, paperless, presence-less and cashless, would essentially …

Privacy

Scaling Science

By John Gargani & Robert McLeanA new approach to scaling is needed in which the goal is scaling up social impact for public good.

Innovation