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What ails the Obamacare insurance exchanges? (It's not what you think.)

The big health insurer Aetna rattled supporters of the Affordable Care Act this week by threatening to leave some states where it offers Obamacare plans and canceling plans to expand to more states next year.<p>The announcement was a big turnaround for an insurer that had been relatively optimistic …

Health Care

What If High School Were More Like Kindergarten?

Students in the U.S. are being taught to focus only on becoming educated.<p>I have a strange-looking, handmade bust of Yoda sitting atop my desk at school. I made this statue in a high-school art class because the teacher asked us to create a life-like bust of a human face. While molding my sculpture, …

Education
Feminism

How Vector Space Mathematics Reveals the Hidden Sexism in Language - MIT Technology Review

Back in 2013, a handful of researchers at Google set loose a neural network on a corpus of three million words taken from Google News texts. The …

Machine Learning

The Scientific Reason Why Body Language Is So Important

Body language matters more than you can imagine for your business and personal life; here's everything you need to know.<p>Presence is everything in business.<p>In my time in real estate I learned that the way you carry yourself, along with the way your client, customer, partner, etc. perceives you, …

Body Language

Natural Language Processing for Programmers: World Models

Applying order to the procedural universe<p>NLP is deeply concerned with language models: systems that attempt to represent human language through …

Natural Language Processing

Is Google's Cloud-Based Natural Language Processing a Breakthrough?

Google recently unveiled what it calls a “Cloud Natural Language API,” basically a cloud-based natural language processing service. The launch was …

The secret linguistics clues researchers used to link DNC hack to Russia

Increasingly, governments and cybersecurity firms are relying on linguistic clues found in malicious code or metadata to identify lone hackers or the …

Cybersecurity

The unadulterated truth about the history of the word “clean”

Its congener in Middle High German meant “brave, beautiful.” On that occasion and on several others, I noted that words may change their meaning in a …

Language

Scholars Have Been Working on a Dictionary of Old English For 46 Years

The English language’s long history has yet to be fully written, and in fact, experts are still just working on the glossary. Since 1970, a group of …

Founder of China's largest 'ethical hacking' community arrested | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP

The founder of an “ethical hacking” community in China, Fang Xiaodun, was arrested by Chinese authorities a week ago according to Chinese news outlet …

China

Journalist facing jail over hacking seeks reprieve from Obama

A California-based journalist facing a two-year prison term after being convicted in a hacking case is asking President Barack Obama to step in with a last-minute reprieve.<p>Matthew Keys, 29, has been ordered to report to a federal prison camp in Atwater, California, at noon Thursday to begin serving …

U.S. Federal Courts

Hacking An Election: Why It's Not As Far-Fetched As You Might Think

The recent hacking of Democratic Party databases — and strong suspicions that the Russian government is involved — have led to new fears that America's voting systems are vulnerable to attack and that an outsider could try to disrupt the upcoming elections.<p>A cyberattack on U.S. elections isn't as …

Government

Hacking the election

Someone — the Russian military, say many cyber-experts — broke into the computers of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, releasing emails and sensitive documents. Sounds bad, and is. But a worse danger looms: the possibility that hackers (whether …

Government

U.S. not so “exceptional”: American hypocrisy and the alleged Russian hacking of the DNC

The DNC scandal should shock no one: From Chile to Iran, the U.S. has long interfered in other country’s elections<p>American Exceptionalism is a belief which is sustained by several ideas. The United States is uncommon among nations because of its democratic founding and the particular character of …

Political Science

Prosecutors announce latest guilty plea in unprecedented hacking and trading scheme

On August 5, 2015, the SEC and DOJ both filed cases against against a large group of hackers and traders who carried out an audacious insider trading …

Hacking America

0<p>SHARES<p><i>How an unchecked amendment could threaten Americans’ privacy and security.</i><p><b>By Negin Parsee & Chris Ryder</b><p>(Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)<p>The …

Surveillance

Machine-Learning Algorithm Combs the Darknet for Zero Day Exploits, and Finds Them - MIT Technology Review

In February 2015, Microsoft identified a critical vulnerability in its Windows operating system that potentially allowed a malicious attacker to …

Machine Learning

Barcelona's "Superblocks" Plan: Less Cars, More Bikes, Better Social Spaces

Ambitious, brilliant and affordable city planning at its finest<p>Thirty years ago everyone in China rode bicycles; today it's all cars. Thirty years …

Urbanism

Google & Dashlane introduce a new open source password manager API called ‘Open YOLO’

We all have a million passwords to keep track of, so tools that can help us keep them secure and also make them easier to use are always great. To make keeping track of passwords easier, Google has worked with Dashlane to create a new password management API called “Open YOLO” — which stands for …

The Best Relationship Advice In The World Is Not About Being In A Relationship At All

I don’t know squat about relationships, really, except what I’ve learned from being in the good ones <i>and</i> the bad ones.<p>Sometimes, it seems to me …

Apple buys machine learning startup Turi

Apple has acquired the machine learning startup Turi, according to <i>GeekWire</i>. As usual with an Apple acquisition, it's picking up a small company whose products will likely make their way into the fabric of other Apple services. In this case, Turi offers tools that are meant to let developers easily …

Machine Learning

Give Up Command And Control -- It Kills Productivity

Paul’s new boss, Mary, asked him to write a report about his area of work, metrics, and after he finished the report, he spend hours editing it to make it readable and prefect. A few days after he turned in the report, Mary handed the document back covered with redlines. After a few more days of …

Leadership

Thank you, President Obama, for being a feminist

In an essay for Glamour, Barack Obama wrote about how gender stereotypes harm us all. It was a radical act – and one that makes us miss him already<p>Bill Clinton has been called our country’s first black president. As Toni Morrison put it in a piece for the New Yorker in 1998, Clinton was “blacker …

Feminism

“Unsupervised learning” and the future of analytics - The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

It is nearly 60 years since the term “artificial intelligence” was first coined but there’s every sign it will be one of this year’s buzziest …

Machine Learning

Why the Courts Can’t Save LGBT Americans From Discrimination

Judges may want to shield gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people from harassment and disparate treatment, but recent decisions suggest the law isn’t there yet.<p>Some United States judges would like to protect transgender kids from discrimination at school. Some would like to prevent women …

LGBTQI

Do Oil Companies Really Need $4 Billion Per Year of Taxpayers’ Money?

What would happen if the federal government ended its subsidies to companies that drill for oil and gas?<p>The American oil and gas industry has argued that such a move would leave the United States more dependent on foreign energy.<p>Many environmental activists counter that ending subsidies could move …

Fossil Fuels

Women Talk About the Moments They Felt Most Powerful

For some it was succeeding at work, for others it was successfully threatening a sibling's bully.<p>Last week, Hillary Clinton was chosen as the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party. Now, no matter what you think of that pantsuited warrior, one thing is certain: A woman being appointed the …

Time I

This Gorgeous Photo-Sharing Website Is Everything Copyright ISN'T

Unsplash is a platform that lets photographers publish their pictures licensed under Creative Commons Zero.<p>A 100% free use photo-sharing site has is now the second-fastest growing photography website ever made (the first is Instagram). Unsplash, by creative marketing agency, Crew Labs, is a website …

Digital Culture