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Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google’s ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by …

Surveillance

Does anyone care about West Baltimore?

In April of 2015, Baltimore City's civil unrest made international news. Immediately following, a flurry of meetings was called by elected officials, …

Johns Hopkins University

Liberals Need to Take Their Fingers Out of Their Ears

Given the triumph of contemporary conservatism, it may be time for liberals to take a look at the vulnerabilities of their own orthodoxies.<p>Democrats who yearn for President Trump to be taken down should examine this list of Republican strengths: victories in all three contested special elections …

Democracy

Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from

Breaking down barriers for underrepresented kids could quadruple America’s pool of inventors<p>Gaps in opportunity for talented kids with low socioeconomic status don’t just hold back poor, female, black, or Latino children as individuals they also impose potentially enormous losses to society as a …

Innovation

What happened when North Carolina cut taxes like the GOP plans to for the country

BURLINGTON, N.C. — For a peek into a world after a massive tax cut, visit North Carolina and ride along with factory owner Eric Henry.<p>Conservative groups have hailed North Carolina as a model of a tax overhaul since it began slashing state corporate and individual tax rates four years ago. And one …

Economics

Google’s AI builds its own AI child and it’s better than anything humans have made

Is this the begining of the end for humanity?<p>Google’s AI-building AI actually went ahead and built a fully-functional AI child that, as it turns out, …

Artificial Intelligence

9 Technology Mega Trends That Will Change The World In 2018

Some tech trends fizzle out and die a quiet death, while others are so significant that they transform our world and how we live in it. Here are the top nine tech mega-trends that I believe will define 2018 and beyond.<p><b>Trend 1: The increasing datafication of our lives</b><p>From chatting to friends in a …

Internet of Things

The first step to fixing U.S. manufacturing

New research from the McKinsey Global Institute analyzes firm-level financial results and finds a stark contrast in performance between the biggest …

Business Planning

North Korea Test Fires Ballistic Missile That Can Hit Almost Anywhere in America

After a months-long lull in activity, North Korea test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on what appears to have been a lofted …

North Korea

The Case for Not Being Born

The anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar argues that it would be better if no one had children ever again.<p>David Benatar may be the world’s most pessimistic philosopher. An “anti-natalist,” he believes that life is so bad, so painful, that human beings should stop having children for reasons of …

T.S. Eliot

This Could Be the First Look at Altered Carbon, Netflix's Very Expensive New Scifi Series

Netflix is diving into the cyperpunk age with <i>Altered Carbon</i>, a 10-episode series based on the bestselling novel by Richard K. Morgan. It’s said to be …

Netflix

Why Bad Guys Win at Work

“Not all psychopaths are in prison – some are in the board room,” Robert Hare famously said during his aptly titled lecture, <i>The Predators Among …

Personality

“Kreuzberg”: Why The Berlin Wall Fell But Never Really Collapsed

Few people know how nostalgic I am for The Cold War. How cold it was, the 70s and 80s. How close and comforting it was. How us vs. them. How …

Germany

Thinking Differently About North Korea

What’s the difference between North Korea pointing nuclear missiles at America next year and Russia or China pointing much more powerful missiles at …

Google study shows how your account is most likely to be hijacked

Security threats like phishing, keylogging and third-party breaches are pretty common knowledge. Google wanted to gain a better understanding of how hijackers steal passwords and other sensitive data in the wild, though, so it conducted an analysis of online black markets from March 2016 to March …

Security

'Wall Street has gone completely mad' — One market bear forecasts a decade of stock losses

• <b>By multiple measures, US equity valuations are close to the highest on record.</b>• <b><br>Investor and former professor John Hussman doesn't think this is a sustainable situation, and forecasts that stocks will see negative returns over a 12-year period.</b>• <b><br>Hussman's perma-bearish views have seen mixed success in</b> …

Economy

Why Won’t TV Show People Who Aren’t Rich?

It’s hard to find poor and working-class families on the small screen. Here’s why it matters.<p>This year marks the final season of what might be the most underappreciated sitcom on TV, ABC’s “The Middle.” It’s a single-camera show about an Indiana family—the title refers to its characters' …

TV

Harvard scientists think they might have pinpointed the source of human consciousness

• <b>A study of 36 patients with brainstem lesions revealed that the majority of those in comas had damage in a specific area of the brainstem, while most conscious patients did not.</b>• <b><br>The identification of the areas of the brain responsible for consciousness could lead to new treatment options for</b> …

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Commentary: Why Corporate Tax Cuts Won't Raise Wages

House Republican leaders are selling their one-sided tax reform to middle America on the promise that once their plan becomes law, companies will pay …

What Does Getting "Outed" Mean Anymore?

For decades, Kevin Spacey used the media’s fear of “outing” him to keep sexual misconduct allegations out of the news. But what really counts as “outing” — and when is it justified?<p><b>Back in 2001,</b> actor and singer Anthony Rapp and writer Dennis Hensley got together for coffee in Union Square to …

LGBTQ

Police Officers Should Be Trained in De-Escalation. It Works.

Police officers across the United States have shot and killed 847 people so far this year. Mental illness played a role in a quarter of the …

More evidence that the dinosaurs were super unlucky with regards to that whole asteroid thing

Location matters. Especially to extinction-causing asteroids.<p>66 million years ago, an asteroid about 6 miles wide flamed across the sky and slammed into a sloping continental shelf, just off what is now Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It collided with the force of 10 billion nuclear bombs and dug deep …

Thousands of Black Nerds Reportedly Deceased as Black Panther Character Posters Slay the Internet

Comics

RT agrees to register as an agent of the Russian government

RT, a Moscow-headquartered website and television channel that the U.S. government says is a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin, will register with U.S. authorities as a foreign agent, its editor said Thursday.<p>The registration follows a months-long back-and-forth between RT and the Justice …

Russia

How Woodward and Bernstein Gave Way to the Geeks

The “age of the leak” calls for a new kind of reporter.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>“You think about investigative journalism and you think about Woodward and Bernstein and you think about meeting Deep Throat in the car park at 2 in the morning. We've gone from …

The brain of Aaron Hernandez is why no one should play football. Ever

Doctors at Boston University today released images of brain damage suffered by Aaron Hernandez, the deceased New England Patriots tight end jailed for killing his friend Odin Lloyd in 2013, and said it was the most severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy ever discovered in a person his age. …

Aaron Hernandez

How Trump Brought the Political Media Class to Its Knees

Trump and his team understand that for the political press, the only thing that matters is what’s happening right now, not yesterday. And whether through his tweets or his surrogates in the briefing room, the president has been largely able to bait reporters into playing his game, because he knows …

Donald Trump

A Mind-Bending Cryptographic Trick Promises to Take Blockchains Mainstream - MIT Technology Review

There are, believe it or not, many among us who remain skeptical that blockchains like Bitcoin and Ethereum will ever have much of an impact on the …

Bitcoin