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China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone

BEIJING — Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how “trustworthy” you are.<p>In this world, anything from defaulting on a loan to criticizing the …

China

Let's Stop Trying to Make Our Employees Happy

Memo from the land of obvious: We live in a culture that hawks happiness like a drug.<p>Don't get me wrong: I'm not a curmudgeon who would begrudge people their happiness. In fact, I consider myself to be a fairly happy guy.<p>But somewhere along the line, we seem to have lost sight of the point. …

Happiness

Math is racist: How data is driving inequality

It's no surprise that inequality in the U.S. is on the rise. But what you might not know is that math is partly to blame.<p>In a new book, "Weapons of Math Destruction," Cathy O'Neil details all the ways that math is essentially being used for evil (my word, not hers).<p>From targeted advertising and …

Earth - We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>Are you real? What about me?<p>These used to be questions that only philosophers worried about. Scientists just got on with figuring out how the world is, and why. But some of the current best …

Quantum Physics

We don't understand AI because we don't understand intelligence

Artificial intelligence prophets including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Raymond Kurzweil predict that by the year 2030 machines will develop consciousness through the application of human intelligence. This will lead to a variety of benign, neutral and terrifying outcomes. For example, Musk, …

In Order To Achieve Lasting Success: 10 Tips To Become An Attractive Person

Fifty percent of this year is gone. Question, have you reached 50 percent or half of your goals?<p>If one of your goals is to be successful in any area …

Motivation

10 Habits That Help You Learn Twice as Fast

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The world is in constant change due to advances in technology, science, and innovation. What was considered “hot” a year ago may no longer be relevant today. Just look at all the new social media platforms that have sprouted since …

Learning

The Multifaceted Benefits of Keeping a Mindfulness Journal

If you’ve ever fallen in love, you would know how good it makes you feel. It’s an exciting and at the same time terrifying sensation. You might be …

'Pokémon GO' Taxes Are Coming -- In Fact, They're Already Here

<i>Pokémon GO</i> has exploded onto the scene, with all manner of people searching like crazy for funny little creatures that sort of don’t exist, but sort of do. The game uses geolocation to place Pokémon characters in the honest-to-goodness physical world. That way, players use their smartphones to …

Pokémon

This $2.8 billion startup gets all of its daily meetings done in 10 minutes

I arrived just in time for breakfast: Like I found out on my previous visit, Pivotal brings in a catered breakfast every single day as an incentive to make sure all employees are around for a daily all-hands meeting, attended by everybody in every department, at precisely 9:06am .<p>(Breakfast today …

Headphones

The coolest thing to do for $20 in every state in the US

A few years ago, $20 seemed like a lot of money. However, these days, $20 can feel like nothing at all. You might spend $20 on your monthly gym membership or a movie ticket, sans popcorn.<p>Luckily, there are still some things to do in the U.S. for $20 or less; you just need to know where to go. Here …

National Parks

Our ranking of Pokémon's hottest professors

Pokémon Go's professor is hot, but what about the others?<p>With <i>Pokémon Go</i> finally out, we've been introduced to the newest professor in the franchise, Professor Willow. Widely regarded as the sexiest professor in the Pokémon franchise — by some of the staff at Polygon and the internet at large — his …

Pokémon

Technology will change where we live

Dan Laufer Contributor<p>Dan Laufer is a co-founder of RentLingo.com.<p>Governor Jerry Brown recently proposed legislation that would streamline the path for large-scale development across California. It could have a huge impact on growing housing supply in San Francisco, specifically, which suffers from …

How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

We’d all like to learn how to read people like Sherlock Holmes. And research shows understanding things like body language is even more powerful than …

The top 17 startups to launch so far in 2016

While the start of 2016 might have spelled trouble for some well-established startups, it also saw the birth of companies tackling things like a cure for cancer, superfast internet, and competition for Uber.<p>Business Insider spoke to founders and venture capitalists and took a look at funding data …

Startups

4 Powerful Ways To Awaken Your Life's Purpose

Nietzsche said, "He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how."<p>If you're feeling tired, burned out, or just stuck, awakening your sense of "why" can be a powerful way to build resilience and thrive. A strong sense of purpose is the everyday awareness and conscious acknowledgment that you …

Happiness

I run my own company – here are my favorite tools to manage my business, money, and life

These are the things that I use every single day - or nearly every single day - in order to keep track of our financial state, of the endless things that I need to do, of the ideas I have, of the appointments I need to keep, and so on.<p><b>Why is this important? What does it have to do with finances?</b> …

Productivity

The Price of Happiness in Cities

Recent research suggests that urban dwellers are significantly less likely to be happy than their suburban or rural counterparts.<p>Where we choose to live is arguably the most important decision we’ll ever make. But current research is conflicted as to what makes us happier: urban or suburban life. A …

Happiness

This Is What Food Does To Your Brain

Mind your food, friends!<p>Dr. Seuss once said, "You've got a brain in your head and feet in your shoes, you can eat any food you choose!"<p>Well, he actually said "steer yourself in any direction you choose," not "eat any food," but that's how we like to interpret it.<p>In all seriousness, thought, what …

19 Highly Effective Ways to Stay Motivated

Everyone is motivated by different things. Understanding what motivates you can make the difference between success and failure.<p>In today's competitive work environment, our greatest untapped resource may be our own motivation.<p>But what happens when you can't find your motivation or you can't stay …

Tesla Wants To Be Your New Utility Provider

Musk Envisions one company selling electric cars, batteries, and solar panels<p>is shuffling his chips again. Mr. Musk’s on Tuesday made an acquisition offer to, well, to Mr. Musk’s The two companies count Mr. Musk as both chairman and their largest shareholder. The idea is to have one company, with …

Tesla

28 incredible roads to drive in your lifetime

From a mountain pass in Abu Dhabi to routes that wind through the Swiss Alps, these roads make for a drive you won't soon forget.<p><i>Sarah Schmalbruch contributed to an earlier version of this post.</i>

Hiking

How to Balance Ambition and Happiness: 5 Tips

Too much ambition makes life miserable, too little makes it meaningless. Here's how to strike a balance.<p>Many people believe that success will make them happy. But science shows that it's the other way around.<p>Being happy seems to increase your chances of success, while study after study indicates …

Colleges are spying on prospective students by quietly tracking them across the internet

“So, where else are you applying?”<p>It’s a question—sneaky, disquieting, and likely familiar to anyone who’s applied for a job—that used to be asked by many of America’s 4,800 colleges. Nervous applicants’ answers could be taken, sometimes unfairly, as indicators of how likely they were to accept an …

Is the Placebo Effect in Your DNA?

Some people feel better after dummy treatments, while others feel no difference unless the drugs are real. A new paper argues that the difference may come down to genetics.<p>The first real, physical proof of the placebo effect came in 1978. Running a study on patients who had recently had their …

Placebos

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

U.S. has bold plan to stall climate change

<b>(CNN) —</b> In baseball, there's a traditional comeback after a tough season: "Wait 'til next year!" For climate change "next year" is now. This year is the time and the United Nations' international climate negotiations in Paris in December are the place to secure strong global agreement to curb …

Climate Change

Google's about to blacklist thousands of Chinese websites

China's relationship with America's tech firms is barely friendly, but things are about to get that little bit rougher. Google has announced that it'll stop trusting the security certificates provided by CNNIC, China's Internet Network Information Center. The dust-up between the two is pretty dry, …

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

The Brain