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Weapons of Math Destruction, book review: Democracy in the age of the algorithm

Our lives are increasingly influenced by mathematical models and algorithms that are hard to challenge and often discriminatory. In this book, former …

6 ways to delete yourself from the internet

If you're reading this, it's highly likely your personal information is available to the public. And by "public" I mean everyone everywhere. To drive home this point, I give you exhibit A: Earlier this week, Facebook came under fire when it was revealed that the data of more than 50 million …

The Gentrification of the Left

David Wearing, on 19 August 2013 - 14:55<p>Thanks to the authors for submitting this important piece. The way that the structures of captialism …

Income Inequality

A History of the World in Three Sentences

A study of <b>12 countries</b> from <b>950 to 1850</b> shows that although Europe at first lagged well behind India and China in numerous technologies, such as cotton processing and textile spinning, its economic development leapt ahead because of <b>3 factors</b>. Elites were legally blocked from expropriating property; …

AD Classics: Ville Radieuse / Le Corbusier

Ville Radieuse (The Radiant City) is an unrealized urban masterplan by Le Corbusier, first presented in 1924 and published in a book of the same name …

Architecture

Strategic Humor: Cartoons from the September 2013 Issue

Enjoy these cartoons from the September issue of HBR, and test your management wit in the <b>HBR Cartoon Caption Contest at the bottom of this post</b>. If we choose your caption as the winner, you will be featured in next month’s magazine and win a free Harvard Business Review Press book.<p>“Ann, you can see …

My Week in North Korea

How do you make a North Korean laugh?<p>To American ears that sounds like the set-up to a joke. The very idea of a North Korean giggling seems absurd. …

The Ghost Rapes of Bolivia

For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town's women. There was no other way of explaining how a woman could wake up with blood and semen stains smeared across her sheets and no memory of the previous night.<p>For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought …

The Confessions of Innocent Men

Why would two suspects caught up in a grisly murder investigation admit to a killing they didn't commit?<p>Any good criminal-defense attorney will tell you to say four words if you are about to be arrested for murder: <i>I want a lawyer</i>.<p>This is simple advice and should be easy to remember during an …

Create Your Own Hipster Logo In 6 Steps

Launching your very own artisanal organic ketchup company? Do yourself a favor and make a hipster logo to go with it.<p>It’s not entirely clear how the “hipster” came to absorb everything that is home-grown, butchered, built, assembled, shaved, and yes, pickled. But regardless of its hazy origins, the …

Trusting iPhones plugged into bogus chargers get a dose of malware

iPhones will pretty much trust any computer they're plugged into.<p>Plugging your phone into a charger should be pretty safe to do. It should fill your …

Classic aircraft: Five golden rules for enduring design

Some of the planes in our skies are 70 years old and still going strong. What’s the secret behind their staying power? Two aviation experts explain all.<p>When the Douglas DC-3 entered service with American Airlines, Adolf Hitler was in power in Germany, Jesse Owens was the fastest man in the world …

Aviation

RT @Telegraph: Have you seen today's Matt cartoon? http://t.co/dHVf2KOxPG

Going underground – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2013/jul/27/photography-london-underground-bob-mazzer<p>720<p>Photographer Bob Mazzer has taken pictures on …

Julian Barnes · Diary

This made me think, naturally enough, of E.M. Forster; and then of the fact that we were about to undergo the annual garrulity of the Booker Prize …

America in the 1970s: New York City

Today marks the start of <b>Documerica Week</b> on In Focus -- a new photo essay each day, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. The Documerica Project was put together by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1971, with a primary …