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How The Gig Economy Will Change In 2017

Growing or shrinking? Changing the way we work? Experts weigh in on how freelance, gigging, and contract work will change this year.<p>The gig economy has been on the rise for several years, and many reports point to a continued trend in American workers taking on both side gigs and cobbling together …

Will Gig-Economy Workers Ever Have Benefits?

“You gotta have some level of social insurance. Otherwise, when really bad things happen, people will have to fall back on the government,” Senator …

Is the Gig Economy Working?

Many liberals have embraced the sharing economy. But can they survive it?<p>Not long ago, I moved apartments, and beneath the weight of work and lethargy a number of small, nagging tasks remained undone. Some art work had to be hung from wall moldings, using wire. In the bedroom, a round mirror needed …

Trickle-down workaholism in startups

“And then I said anyone not willing to break their backs working for me was a tourist!”If you want to understand why so many startups become infected …

The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death

Last September, a very twenty-first-century type of story appeared on the company blog of the ride-sharing app Lyft. “Long-time Lyft driver and mentor, Mary, was nine months pregnant when she picked up a passenger the night of July 21st,” the post began. “About a week away from her due date, Mary …

The Gospel of Hard Work, According to Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley’s emphasis on work-life balance may be evolving, but its priesthood still values a very particular kind of grit. This ideological …

Silicon Valley

FCC to investigate, 'take appropriate action' on Colbert’s Trump rant

Late night talk show host Stephen Colbert’s controversial joke about President TrumpDonald John TrumpLighthizer says NAFTA countries are 'nowhere' …

Serpents, owl men and demon dogs

<b>Phantom dogs, spring-heeled demons and a half-man, half-owl hybrid - these are just some of the strange and mythical creatures from English folklore that have inspired writers for centuries.</b><p>It was while novelist Sarah Perry was driving through Essex with her husband that she first heard the story …

16 Terrifying Encounters With ‘The Black Eyed Kids’

1. Midnight caller.<p>It almost felt like a dream. I woke up to my dog, Lucy, barking. She was upright on the bed where my husband and I were sleeping …

The rise of romance gaming: is the perfect boyfriend inside your phone?

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Ayumi Saito was 22 she broke up with her boyfriend.<p>But the Tokyo resident found an easy way to fill the void left by her ex lover's departure.<p>She downloaded a romance gaming app onto her phone, and became one of the millions of women in Japan to swap real life intimacy for a fantasy.<p>"I …

Are Cyborgs In Our Future? 'Homo Deus' Author Thinks So

The human species is about to change dramatically. That's the argument Yuval Noah Harari makes in his new book, <i>Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow</i>.<p>Harari is a history professor at Hebrew University in Israel. He tells NPR's Ari Shapiro that he expects we will soon engineer our bodies and minds …

As with children, ethical input with robots needs to come before, not after, developing other skills, says Daniel Glaser<p>Every week comes a new warning that robots are taking over our jobs. People have become troubled by the question of how robots will learn ethics, if they do take over our work and …

Robotics

Memory loss is gradual but, unlike computers, we have inbuilt backups<p>Every week there is a new dementia study, raising hopes that we can find a way to halt memory loss. Interestingly, in any form of dementia our memories don’t vanish immediately but fade gradually – our memory systems have a …

Memory Loss

'It Has To Have A Soul': How Chatbots Get Their Personalities

In the year 2000, logging onto the Internet usually meant sitting down at a monitor connected to a dial-up modem, a bunch of beeps and clicks, and a "You've got mail!" notification. In those days, AOL Instant Messenger was the Internet's favorite pastime, and the king of AIM was SmarterChild, a …

Artificial Intelligence

Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

A friend of mine, a professor at a university in Canada, confided to me a few days ago that she thinks she might be addicted to email.<p>She feels compelled to check her email all the time<i>.</i> And she feels bad about it. She experiences anxiety if she doesn't check, and anxiety if she does. Email gets in …

'Irresistible' By Design: It's No Accident You Can't Stop Looking At The Screen

Could smartphones and other screens be decreasing the human attention span? Author Adam Alter thinks so.<p>"Ten years ago, before the iPad and iPhone were mainstream, the average person had an attention span of about 12 seconds," Alter tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Dave Davies. Now, he says, "research suggests …

InterAct

The Yellow Wall Paper

THE<br>YELLOW WALL PAPER<p>IT is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer.<p>A colonial mansion, a …

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks, “We Real Cool” from <i>Selected Poems.</i> Copyright © 1963 by Gwendolyn Brooks. Reprinted with the permission of the Estate of Gwendolyn …

the mother by Gwendolyn Brooks

Abortions will not let you forget.<p>You remember the children you got that you did not get,<p>The damp small pulps with a little or with no hair,<p>The …

kitchenette building by Gwendolyn Brooks

Writing Ideas<p>1. Think about where you, or your friends and family, live. Who are you neighbors and what do you have in common with them? Try to write …

The Gilded Six Bits- Zora Neale Hurston | Nature | Foods

A New England Nun

It was late in the afternoon, and the light was waning. There was a difference in the look of the tree shadows out in the yard. Somewhere in the …

"The Story of an Hour" text

The Story of an Hour<p>by Kate Chopin<p>Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as …

I heard a Fly buzz - when I died - (591) by Emily Dickinson

I heard a Fly buzz - when I died - (591)<p>By Emily Dickinson<p>I heard a Fly buzz - when I died -<p>The Stillness in the Room<p>Was like the Stillness in the …

Because I could not stop for Death – (479) by Emily Dickinson

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, (340) by Emily Dickinson

President Donald Trump to publish weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants

Donald Trump has ordered his new administration to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants.<p>The US President’s sweeping new executive …

Immigration

Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and …

Trump on waterboarding: 'We have to fight fire with fire'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump said he wants to "fight fire with fire" when it comes to stopping terrorism, suggesting that he could be open to bringing back torture because he "absolutely" believes it works.<p>Trump said "people at the highest level of intelligence" have told him that …

Trump and His Advisors on Surveillance, Encryption, Cybersecurity

Where will the incoming Trump administration come down on issues like surveillance, encryption, and cybersecurity? While it is impossible to know the …