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Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier

How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>In January, after a long day at his London office, Christopher Steele, the former spy turned private investigator, was stepping off a …

Russia

6 Things You Should Never Do in Front of Your Manager

Be a person, not just an employee, and give value, not just questions that need answers.<p><i>What are some things employees do that bother managers? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Tom</b> …

Leadership

To Find Meaning in Your Work, Change How You Think About It

A wonderful <i>New York Times</i> article from 2007 recounted the 20th annual “Operator’s Challenge” — aka the “Sludge Olympics” — a competition for New York sewage treatment workers. The participants compete to show skill in their work, and often do so with great passion. Emily Lloyd, the commissioner of …

The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy

<i>Melissa Chadburn | Longreads | December 2017 | 12 minutes (3,090 words)</i>Last year I worked undercover at a temp agency in Los Angeles. While I took …

The Intrusion of White Families Into Bilingual Schools

Will the growing demand for multilingual early-childhood programs push out the students these programs were designed to serve?<p>Stephanie Lugardo’s second-grade classroom at Academia Antonia Alonso in Wilmington, Delaware, is bubbling. Students chatter with one another as they work, smiling and …

Language Learning

Why you want blockchain-based AI, even if you don’t know it yet

The other night, my nine-year-old daughter (who is, of course, the most tech-savvy person in the house), introduced me to a new Amazon Alexa skill.<p>“Alexa, start a conversation,” she said.<p>We were immediately drawn into an experience with new bot, or, as the technologists would say, “conversational …

AI Superstar Andrew Ng Is Democratizing Deep Learning With A New Online Course

The founder of Google Brain and former head of Baidu’s AI efforts wants to train a giant new workforce to help make “AI the new electricity.”<p>Artificial intelligence could be as important to transforming the economy as electricity was 100 years ago. But for that to happen, the world will need a huge …

Artificial Intelligence

The evolution of machine learning

Catherine Dong Contributor<p>Catherine Dong is a summer associate at Bloomberg Beta and will be working at Facebook as a machine learning engineer.<p>Major tech companies have actively reoriented themselves around AI and machine learning: Google is now “AI-first,” Uber has ML running through its veins …

Machine Learning

Trans Woman Trolls Anti-Trans Governor With The Perfect Photo

Of course the photo soon went viral.<p>A transgender woman’s photo with anti-trans Texas Governor Greg Abbott has gone viral after the politician posed without realizing the woman accompanying him in the photo identifies as trans.<p>Ashley Smith shared the photo on Facebook on Monday with the caption …

'Baby Driver' Review: Buckle Up For Edgar Wright's Go-For-Broke Pulp Musical

Now this is what I call a summer movie. <i>Baby Driver</i> has it all: thrills, laughs, sex, nonstop action, a killer soundtrack, a star-making performance …

La La Land

Y Combinator will accept 10,000 startups to prove there’s nothing magical about Silicon Valley

Y Combinator was a heretic among venture capitalists when it backed its first eight companies in 2005. Co-founder Paul Graham later wrote that his philosophy was that “investors should be making more, smaller investments, they should be funding hackers instead of suits, and they should be willing …

Startups

Learning These 7 Tough Skills Will Immediately Improve Your Entire Life

<b>These essential skills are never</b> <b>taught</b> <b>in school, but they will</b> <b>pay dividends</b> <b>for</b> <b>your entire life.</b><p><i>“Anyone who stops learning is old whether at 20 or</i> <i>80.Anyone</i> <i>who</i> <i>keeps</i> <i>learning stays strong.” — Henry Ford</i><p>We often focus only on learning skills that are directly pertinent to our jobs during the busy …

Pot blocks: obstacles keep small business owners from a multibillion-dollar market

Marijuana retail sales could reach $4.3bn this year and create new jobs, but some aspiring entrepreneurs warn that weed is not an easy business<p>This year’s election may have been dominated by Donald Trump, but it was also about marijuana. California, Massachusetts and Nevada made recreational use …

Cannabis

5 of the worst whitesplaining excuses for racism

2016 found a number of white folks giving half-assed apologies for racist behavior.<p>In March, a Trump supporter sucker-punched a protester at a rally, …

It’s not game over. Austria stopped rightwing populism in its tracks | Owen Jones

It was to be the last great domino of 2016, but the country showed that victory on the radical right is not inevitable<p>In 2016, the tide of rightwing populism has seemed unstoppable. From Britain’s vote to leave the EU after a referendum campaign soaked in foreigner-bashing, to Donald Trump’s …

Europe

China’s plans to lead the global economy are being foiled by… China

America’s traditional stewardship of the global economy is in limbo. As president-elect Donald Trump sees it, the United States’ role in the world isn’t necessarily to lead it. Sure, the US will still engage with other countries—but only in line with Trump’s guiding principle of “America …

Economics

Brilliant camper van conversion uses space-saving boat design ideas

For many, the adventure and variety that comes with going on a long road trip can be an extremely fulfilling experience. But living full-time in a …

Designers have an 8-letter word for the despised hipster aesthetic colonizing the planet

Call it the Brooklyn look.<p>The “Brooklyn of (insert any city)” has become the global nomad’s shorthand for any town’s trendiest, most visually eclectic, and often most clearly gentrifying area. Such enclaves include the suburb of Pantin of Paris, Shimokitazawa neighborhood in Tokyo, Florentin in Tel …

East London

Why You Should Love Hipster Entrepreneurs

Everyone loves to hate the hipster.<p>A mere mention of the word hipster seems to conjure some primal, collective anger—anger directed at skinny jeans, …

Ronald Reagan

Mining 24 Hours a Day with Robots - MIT Technology Review

Each of these trucks is the size of a small two-story house. None has a driver or anyone else on board.<p>Mining company Rio Tinto has 73 of these …

8 predictions for the future of IoT in 2017

Every year IoT brings new things to biotechnology, manufacturing, home living and every aspect of our daily lives. We’ve seen it disrupt traditional industries, transform our cities and contribute to the autonomous transport of the future.<p>It sits in an ecosystem where machine learning, AI and data …

Internet of Things

South Korea pulls website mapping women of prime age to have children

Interior ministry takes site offline after being accused of trying to blame women for the country’s low birth rate<p>South Korea has closed a government website showing the number of women aged between 15 and 49 – of childbearing age – by city district and region after a public outcry.<p>The Ministry of …

South Korea

World’s largest hedge fund to replace managers with artificial intelligence

Bridgewater Associates has a team of engineers working on a project to automate decision-making to save time and eliminate human emotional volatility<p>The world’s largest hedge fund is building a piece of software to automate the day-to-day management of the firm, including hiring, firing and other …

Artificial Intelligence

Center for American Progress to reorganize with a focus on Trump

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Center for American Progress Action Fund, the nonprofit arm of the liberal Washington think tank, announced Thursday that they would reorganize in 2017 with a focus on President-elect Donald Trump, pledging to make Trump's life in the White House harder and resist his legislative …

Rebranding White Nationalism: Inside the Alt-Right

Richard B. Spencer greeted an audience of more than 200 at an alt-right conference in Washington D.C. last month with the cry, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!” He was met with enthusiastic cheers and Nazi salutes, and <i>The Atlantic</i>’s clip made headlines. In this documentary, we go further …

This interactive map shows why renewables and natural gas are taking over the US

This one’s for the energy nerds out there. The University of Texas Austin’s Energy Institute has put out an incredibly useful interactive map showing what types of power plants are cheapest to build in every county in the continental United States. (No, really, it’s fascinating.)<p>Playing around with …

Energy

Donald Trump’s Campaign Paid $11 Million to Trump Businesses

The mogul’s vast network of hotels, restaurants, clubs, and golf courses were paid millions during his presidential campaign.<p>Over 17 months of …

How Russian Hackers Can Blackmail Donald Trump—and the GOP

If it is true that the Russians hacked the Republican National Committee as well as the DNC, then their power over POTUS potentially knows few bounds.<p>…

Fears around gender-neutral toilets are all in the mind | Paris Lees

Allowing trans people to use gender-neutral facilities doesn’t put women at risk. It’s just a distraction from the very real violence we face every day<p>Yesterday, Caroline Flint used parliament’s historic first debate on transgender equality to claim that gender-neutral toilets put women at risk. …

Feminism

The codeless computers of the future and the fall of the programming elite

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Programming is one of todays most in demand skills but as we continue to train, not code our latest computer systems, the …