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Scientists look at how A.I. will change our lives by 2030

By the year 2030, artificial intelligence (A.I.) will have changed the way we travel to work and to parties, how we take care of our health and how …

Artificial Intelligence

Ireland Joins Forces With Apple to Combat the EU Tax Ruling

Ireland’s cabinet agreed on Friday to join Apple (aapl) in appealing against a multi-billion-euro back tax demand that the European Commission has …

MIT anonymity network promises to be more secure than Tor

As crucial as Tor's anonymity network can be for keeping your online activity private, it's not flawless -- a motivated hacker can compromise legions of users, whether they're crooks or privacy-minded innocents. Researchers from MIT and EPFL might have a better way. They've developed an anonymity …

11 basic Excel tricks that will change your life

Microsoft Excel is an amazing piece of software, and even regular users might not be getting as much out of it as they can. Improve your Excel efficiency and proficiency with these basic shortcuts and functions that absolutely everyone needs to know.<p>Of course you can move from cell to cell with …

Tutorials

After oil, Norway looks to startups for economic growth

Dennis Mitzner Contributor<p>Dennis Mitzner lives in Tel Aviv and writes about startups and technology trends.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Magic Leap goes to Finland in pursuit of Nordic VR and AR talent<br>• Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Barak bets big on emergency app Reporty<p>With oil prices …

Startups

Cognitive Technology: What It Is And Why Marketers Should Care

At IBM’s recent Amplify conference, there was a heavy focus around cognitive technologies, an emerging area that integrates data mining, pattern recognition and natural language processing to mimic the way the human brain works. To better understand what it is and why CMOs should care, I consulted …

Cognitive Computing

Cyber security and a punch to the face

After I got over the initial shock and woe-is-me moment, I had to start getting to work to repair all the damage that had been done. That action in itself was another headache that I’d prefer not to get into right now.<p>The fact of the matter is that I am not the only one that has had to deal with …

Cybersecurity

A Response to “The 50 Best Foreign Language Movies Of the 21st Century So Far”

As it says in the Good e-Book, “There is no end to the making of lists, and too much Googling will wear you out.” Yet one list, published on Wednesday, got me going at once, and the results are below. The list in question is “The 50 Best Foreign Language Movies Of the 21st Century So Far.” I found …

Filmmaking

The Business of the Brain on the Internet: Color Psychology

The color of the top I am wearing is black. My shoes are green and the car I will take when I go to pick up my daughter from school in a few minutes is red. Are these just random facts, or is there a deeper meaning behind the color choices I make and what they say about me? That, my friends, is …

Blood test to personalize depression treatment for the first time

Scientists have developed a blood test that accurately and reliably predicts whether depressed patients will respond to common antidepressants, which …

Hervé Falciani’s Great Swiss Bank Heist

The computer technician who exposed a Swiss bank’s darkest secrets.<p>A few days before Christmas in 2008, Hervé Falciani was in a meeting at his office, in Geneva, when a team of police officers arrived to arrest him. Falciani, who was thirty-six, worked for H.S.B.C., then the largest bank in the …

Corruption

New version of Google Keyboard has a useful one-handed texting mode

Big phones have made it increasingly difficult (if not impossible) to text with one hand.<p>Google's launching version 5.0 of its official keyboard for …

How Does a Mathematician's Brain Differ from That of a Mere Mortal?

Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, John Nash—these “beautiful” minds never fail to enchant the public, but they also remain somewhat …

How an Economist and a Lawyer Ditched It All to Become Successful Style Bloggers

Meet Amra and Elma—that is, if you haven't already.<p>For many, becoming a blogger has now become a totally identifiable career path. (Ah, how times have changed.) But for Amra and Elma Beganovich, the sisters and lady bosses behind two major blogging brands—Club Fashionista and Amra and Elma—it …

LSD May Chip Away at the Brain's "Sense of Self" Network

From Tom Wolfe’s account of the LSD-loving Merry Pranksters and their bus ride across America in <i>The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test</i> to Roger Sterling's …

How to Find Love – The Law of Attraction

If there is one big question that nags almost all singles, it’s how to find love. But can you really go looking for love, or should you just wait for …

Relationships

Seven Zen Stories That Could Open Your Mind

For centuries, Zen masters have used stories and koans, or paradoxical riddles, to help students realize their true nature. These stories are often …

That extra 30 years of life can make you rich — or poor

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Retirement gurus, economists and other big thinkers like to talk about “the longevity …

7 Easy Steps to be Blissfully Happy in a Relationship

Learn the secret behind knowing how to be happy in a relationship. It takes just seven simple steps to bring love and happiness into a …

Relationships

The Prerequisite To True Love Most People Skip

We've all heard people say “you can’t love someone unless you love yourself.” But a lot of my clients believe they <i>are</i> being loving to their partner, …

Rewire Your Brain for Love

Illustration by Sébastien ThibaultGeorge was missing. The Disneyland hotel bed was crisply made but my sister’s security bear, loved and nuzzled into …

Relationships

Europe’s New Medieval Map

As the European Union unravels, the continent is reverting to divisions that go back centuries, writes Robert D. Kaplan<p>Look at any map of Europe from the Middle Ages or the early modern era, before the Industrial Revolution, and you will be overwhelmed by its dizzying incoherence—all of those …

Europe

Mexico's 'lost generation' of drug addicts | Latin America

<b>Morelia, Michoacan -</b> "The third time I almost died was because of a speedball. I'd made a lot of money on a sale and I blew it up in my veins: coke into this arm; heroin into the other," said Oliver Cortes Sanchez, 21, slapping first his left forearm, then his right.<p>His skin is pinholed with scar …

African Rhinos May Be Extinct In 10 Years Or Less, Experts Warn

Poaching of African rhinos has increased for the sixth year in a row.<p>It was only 150 years ago that more than 1 million black and white rhinos roamed the savannas of Africa. Since then, poaching has decimated populations across the continent.<p>By 1990, there were just 6,000 white rhino and 2,400 …

Trainline buys Captain Train for up to $189 million

We hear a lot about how companies like Uber are transforming car-based transportation, but today comes news of another play in the sector, this time covering rail services. Trainline, a U.K.-based ticket service for railway and long-distance bus journeys, has acquired Captain Train, a Paris-based …

Can John Oliver Get Americans to Care About Encryption?

On last night’s episode, the late-night host took Apple’s side in its legal case against the FBI.<p><i>Updated March 14, 2016</i><p>It’s not every day that cryptography comes up during one of the U.S.’s most popular late-night shows. But last night, the “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver devoted the majority …

Privacy

LADIES: 5 hilarious ways to get a guy to break up with you that really works

<b>Ways to get a guy to break up with you</b> – What are the best way to get a guy to break up with you? YourTango lists the 5 funniest way to chase a guy …

This economics mind trick can improve your motivation

Last semester I experimented with a new idea in my consumer behavior class. I gave pop quizzes on the assigned readings but with a little twist.<p>First and foremost, students were not required to take the quizzes. But if they did take a quiz and they answered it correctly, they would earn a point. If …

Teaching

This Sex Worker's New Memoir Paints a More Poignant Picture of Love Than Any Sitcom

Charlotte Shane turned her memoir-like newsletter about life and sex work into an unflinching collection titled 'Prostitute Laundry.' We talked to the author about how sex work and writing share some of the same qualities.<p>In early 2014, writer Charlotte Shane began using an email newsletter …