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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 …

Artificial Intelligence

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 …

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INDIA, a giant economic mediocrity, is cursed by having too many economists. Its outgoing prime minister, Manmohan Singh, has a doctorate from …

57 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up How We Think

From attentional bias — where someone focuses on only one or two of several possible outcomes — to zero-risk bias — where we place too much value on reducing a small risk to zero — the sheer number of cognitive biases that affect us every day is staggering.<p>Understanding these biases is key to …

Best Underwater Pictures: Winners of 2013 Amateur Contest

A seal in a kelp forest and lionfish on the hunt are among winning pictures of the University of Miami's annual underwater-photography contest.

Taiwanese People Are Trading Away Higher Pay For A Slower Lifestyle

Kao Yao-wei was living in Taiwan's dense capital of 2.6 million people and decided one day after 15 years to get out. He and his wife had discovered a smaller city, Tainan, while doing research for a book.<p>"It's easier to live here," says Mr. Kao, formerly a mobile content developer's assistant. "In …

Two steps back

SINGAPOREANS live in one of the most wired countries in the world, and as such they are used to receiving gobbets of news on their smartphones and …

College in Sweden is free but students still have a ton of debt. How can that be?

Swedish colleges and universities are free. Yep. Totally free.<p>But students there still end up with a lot of debt. The average at the beginning of 2013 was roughly 124,000 Swedish krona ($19,000). Sure, the average US student was carrying about 30% more, at $24,800.<p>But remember: <i>Free</i>. College in …

Why Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes And Google Are Giving Cash Directly To The Poorest

Here’s a radical idea: Instead of providing services or training to the world’s poorest, how about giving them cash instead?<p>GiveDirectly, a U.S.-based nonprofit operating in Kenya, is doing just that, and it’s won the support of the likes of Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes and Google. Last Thursday …

Towards the end of poverty

IN HIS inaugural address in 1949 Harry Truman said that “more than half the people in the world are living in conditions approaching misery. For the …

Is the integration of immigrants failing?

HUNDREDS of cars set on fire, a school in flames and angry youths hurling stones at the police. This is not the <i>banlieue</i> in France but suburbs in …

The Top 10 Sports Science Stories of 2012

The number 10 story on this list has little to do with sports science. In 2012, Paul Ryan told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that he ran a 2:50 or so marathon. He was off by about an hour. The moderator of an online running forum pitched a simple question to the masses looking to find proof …

2013 Hiking Essentials

Round out your backpacking kit with some of our favorite new tools and accessories from the 2013 Summer Buyer’s Guide, including a lightweight stove and a knife built for TV's most famous survivor.<p>MSR Reactor 1.0L Stove<p>Because they’re efficient, compact (the stove and fuel canister both fit inside …