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Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

Communist Party

New technology allows for computer-generated photos that are undetectable fakes

Artificial Intelligence and other related technologies have advanced to the point that computers are now able to produce nearly indiscernible fake …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Office Buildings Should Run Like Spaceships

As a profusion of environmental sensors becomes increasingly available, indoor air quality is something building managers can track and manage<p>If you have ever yearned to work aboard the Starship Enterprise, take comfort: The newest office buildings have more in common with spaceships than you …

Pollution

'Sleep should be prescribed': what those late nights out could be costing you

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it<p>Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new …

Immune System

Is the world falling apart? Not at all.

I woke up this morning and, like most days, I read the news. It’s grim. Hurricanes in the Americas have killed dozens of people and displaced far …

Drones deliver blood to health clinics across Rwanda

James Martin

False memories and false confessions: the psychology of imagined crimes

In February 2016, Julia Shaw received a call from a lawyer regarding a criminal case. It involved two sisters who, in 2015, had given the police …

The Brain

Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

MAPLETON, N.D. — One of the tech-savviest teachers in the United States teaches third grade here at Mapleton Elementary, a public school with about 100 students in the sparsely populated plains west of Fargo.<p>Her name is Kayla Delzer. Her third graders adore her. She teaches them to post daily on …

Education

Get Off The Couch Baby Boomers, Or You May Not Be Able To Later

Count the number of hours you sit each day. Be honest.<p>"If you commute an hour in the morning and hour after work — that's two hours, and if you sit at an eight-hour-a-day desk job that's 10," says epidemiologist Loretta DiPietro of the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington …

Ergonomics

Here's How Money Really Can Buy You Happiness

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME's special edition,</i> The Science of Happiness<i>, which is available at Amazon.</i><p>"Whoever said money can’t buy …

Happiness

India's Silicon Valley is dying of thirst and a growing 'water mafia' is calling the shots

On the outskirts of Bangalore one morning in the summer of 2016, a sullen young man named Manjunath stood high atop a cocoa-coloured 7,000-litre …

Who Are the New Yuppies?

The term “yuppie” now feels so dated that it occasionally seems an entire social class has vanished. If the suit-wearing Patrick Batemans of the …

Income Inequality

Social-Media Messages Are Becoming More Complex, and Nobody Knows Why - MIT Technology Review

The world of social media fills our lives and those of our children. Parents and teachers, in particular, wage a daily war with young people about …

IQ

Bugs in Popular Hacker Tools Open the Door to Striking Back

The concept of "hacking back" has drawn attention—and generated controversy—lately as geopolitics focuses increasingly on the threat of cyberwar. The …

Amazon Bursts Blue Apron's Bubble, as the Market Checks Tech's Hype

The tech bubble that 2016 threatened didn't burst, prompting observers to heave a sigh of relief. But it turns out there was a bubble, but it was …

Why You Should Look to China for the Future of Retail

Chinese companies have been weaving together the online and offline worlds, trying for an ever more seamless fit<p>The retail industry is in a state of flux. American retail stores are shutting at a record pace. Amazon.com is experimenting with new formats for brick-and-mortar stores and its $13.7 …

eCommerce

Fake news: you ain’t seen nothing yet

EARLIER this year Françoise Hardy, a French musician, appeared in a YouTube video (see link). She is asked, by a presenter off-screen, why President …

Machine Learning

Obesity now kills more people worldwide than car crashes, terror attacks, and Alzheimer's combined

Five takeaways from a giant study on an epidemic governments can’t ignore.<p>Look around you, and it’s not hard to see how serious the problem of obesity has become in America. People here are now bigger, and suffering from more obesity-related diseases, than ever before — prompting cities across the …

Diabetes

Rural America Is Stranded in the Dial-Up Age

High costs and lack of access to broadband service prevent residents of far-flung communities from joining the modern economy<p>CALEDONIA, Mo.—Jeanne Wilson Johnson raises sheep and angora goats, and to sell the wool and mohair online she drives 4 miles to the parking lot of Roy’s gas station, the …

Wall Street

‘Run!’ Gunfire on a school playground still haunts the first graders who survived

<i>[This story has been optimized for offline reading on our apps. For a richer experience, you can find the full version of this story here. An Internet connection is required.]</i><p>TOWNVILLE, S.C. — Recess had finally started, so Ava Olsen picked up her chocolate cupcake, then headed outside toward the …

Empathy

The Fight Over Voice: Why Tech’s Top Companies Are Battling It Out To Listen In

Amazon's Echo speaker made chatty, at-home bots mainstream — and now Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung are all in on the battle for your voice.<p><b>It’s a familiar</b> scene: a crowd of people poking slabs of illuminated glass, completely enraptured by their pocketable computers. They tap, tap, swipe …

Automation

Supreme Court to hear case on tracking phone location data

Detroit cops got 12,898 location data points for a robbery suspect in 2011 without warrants. The Supreme Court will decide if that's legal.<p>The US Supreme Court will decide whether the government needs a warrant when demanding your phone's location history.<p>On Monday, the American Civil Liberties …

Privacy

Technosplit: The bifurcation of humanity

Will social inequality soon be programmed into our DNA?<p>The chasm between rich and poor in the world has become so extreme it is frequently difficult to grasp. The eight richest men in the world now own as much as the entire bottom half of the world’s population. The wealthy OECD countries, …

Human Rights

Climber Completes the Most Dangerous Rope-Free Ascent Ever

Alex Honnold has become the first climber to free solo Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall.<p>YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA—Renowned rock climber Alex Honnold on Saturday became the first person to scale the iconic nearly 3,000-foot granite wall known as El Capitan without using ropes or other …

It looks like Apple has some work to do if it wants Siri to be as smart as Google Assistant

Apple's next big developer conference starts Monday, and the hot rumor is that the company plans to launch its own smart speaker. According to a recent report from Bloomberg, this will be somewhat similar to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, only it'll focus on sound quality, and, naturally, be …

Automation

The One-Paragraph Letter From 1980 That Fueled the Opioid Crisis

Because it was published in the most prestigious U.S. medical journal, its influence snowballed in a dangerous way.<p>What do you do when a letter in a prestigious medical journal has been so routinely mis-cited it’s taken on a life of its own? Like when pharmaceutical companies have used its data to …

Track Down

AI experts predict the future: Truck drivers out of jobs by 2027, surgeons by 2053

Hundreds of AI experts predict when their models will beat humans at everything.<p>Google has hung up its AlphaGo gloves after trouncing the world's …

Artificial Intelligence

The Case For Emotionally Intelligent AI

When you’re having a really bad day, chances are good your friends are going to notice, even if you don’t say a word. They’ll notice your facial expression … your sagging body language … a lack of energy or joy in your voice. Most of us prefer to be around people who notice these things — people …

Artificial Intelligence

U.S. high schools may be over-relying on online credit recovery to boost their graduation rates.

<i>This is the first part of the Big Shortcut, an eight-part series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have</i> …

Students