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The best books of 2016 list you get when you combine 36 “Best Books of 2016” lists

Slavery. Racism. Urbanism. Disease. While 2016 may not have been a banner year for liberal democracy in the world at large, it should definitely go down as a woke time in book publishing.<p>For dedicated bibliophiles, the low thrum of literary FOMO that bubbles up around May has by mid-December …

Books

A glimpse into the dystopian future of technology-centered parenting

Our children are turning into cyborgs. Well, sort of.<p>As a futurist, I predict that it won’t be long before nearly all children will wear a small device that blinks and chirps on their wrist. Behind its screen sits not only their health data, but also the cumulative data from several hundred million …

An intimate view of the 'super parents' of chronically ill children

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fifteen-year-old Savitri Yami Baker loves to belt a tune.<p>"They can hear her from three houses away," Savitri's 26-year-old sister, Victoria Ajene, jokes.<p>This comes as a surprise, as Savitri often has challenges breathing when she speaks. The Clovis, California, girl has the neurological …

Discover The Economist

IN JANUARY 1488, Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese explorer, rounded Africa’s southern cape and put to shore to take on food and water. There he found a …

Economics

Amazon Has Chosen This Framework to Guide Deep Learning Strategy

As artificial intelligence advances, the goal for modern tech companies is to build AI software that thinks for itself without human …

The house belongs to the children

“Mamma, sometimes you talk very rudely with Nani,” my daughter said to me. “I don’t like that at all,” she added after a pause.<p>We were sitting at my …

Time I

How Snapchat secretly bought a struggling startup, then bet the future on it

Hundreds of people lined up off Venice Beach boardwalk on a sunny November morning to buy Snapchat's Spectacles from a bright yellow vending machine.<p>It was the first day the $130 camera glasses went on sale, and many were there to see what all the buzz was about. Most of them worked or had friends …

Technology is taking jobs away from men—and reviving a pre-industrial version of masculinity

Many men lost their jobs when technology made them obsolete. The new jobs available were soul-crushing, undignified, and required an arduous commute—and that’s assuming companies would hire them. Most employers wouldn’t, because the men were considered too old and unskilled for the new work. And …

Northwestern University

‘Toxic environment’ for sons accused of campus sex offenses turns mothers into militants

In the course of a year, Sherry Warner-Seefeld went from high school teacher to activist promoting fairness for students accused of sexual misconduct. Explaining why, for her, means revisiting a night of shock and a phone call she will never forget.<p>She was grading social science papers on a cold, …

Title IX

Some of the claims of the immediate economic consequences of voting leave have been unfounded, but it is too early to declare peace<p>Do you remember Y2K? The millennium bug? For the benefit of younger readers, fears grew during the 1990s that, because of how we programmed computers, the dawn of 2000 …

Bank of England

Finland's Experiment Is Not Universal Basic Income - But It's Still Worthwhile

Finland is embarking on an historic experiment. It is planning to try out what it calls a “basic income”.<p>In a press release, the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health outlines legislation that would be required for a pilot study into basic income:<p>The objective of the legislative proposal is …

Retirement

UPI: India’s biggest and boldest payments interface bet yet

Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is the new boy in the payments market and has the makings of a blockbuster even before its launch. The biggest draw …

Apple Opens Up iPhone Code in What Could Be Savvy Strategy or Security Screwup - MIT Technology Review

<i>A second article on this story includes additional information from Apple.</i><p>When Apple announced a new version of its mobile operating system in San …

The All-American iPhone - MIT Technology Review

Donald Trump says that if he becomes president, he will “get Apple to start making their computers and their iPhones on our land, not in China.” …

Apple Leak Reveals 'Edgeless Display' New iPhone

The iPhone 7 is going to be a disappointment. That’s the conclusion many are drawing after credible leak after credible leak revealed a device that’s a minimal upgrade on the iPhone 6S. But there might just be a very good reason for this…<p>Following news from ever reliable KGI Securities analyst …

Mobile Technology

The American debt crisis in 5 charts

While we needlessly fret about overconsumption and hyperconsumerism, we miss a bigger picture: rising housing, medical, and education costs.<p>Here are five charts that show the extent of the country's debt problem.<p>To learn more about how we got here—and how we can get out—check out the United States …

Latest update to OED includes words used by English speakers in Hong Kong and Singapore such as ‘wah’ and ‘dai pai dong’<p>Words most commonly heard on the streets of Hong Kong and Singapore such as “yum cha” and “wah” have been included in the Oxford English Dictionary’s latest update.<p>The terms – a …

Hong Kong

An unlikely source predicted Chipotle's disastrous quarter, and it says a lot about the future of investing

Chipotle reported its first-ever quarterly loss on Tuesday, and a massive decline in sales.<p>Comparable-store sales - at locations open for at least …

Google Patent Application Shows Device That's Injected Directly Into Your Eyeball To Improve Vision

Google has a penchant for far-out tech that never reaches the market. The latest is a method of injecting a device into an eyeball, mostly as a means to correct poor vision. Described in a patent application dated April 28, 2016, the device is injected in fluid that then solidifies to couple the …

University of California

Payments Ecosystem - Research & Business Opportunities

BI Intelligence<p>The modern smartphone is a remarkable device. A single device that fits in your pocket can do all the tasks that once required cameras, camcorders, GPS devices, watches, alarm clocks, calculators, and even TVs.<p>But the next change might be the most radical of all—it could eliminate …

Can I get addicted, what are the short- and long-term effects and what can make cannabis harmful? Key questions answered<p>Not easily. Scientists estimate that the lethal dose of THC, the active ingredient of the drug, is somewhere in the range of 15-70g. That is far beyond the daily consumption of …

Mental Health

These are 50 of Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies (fine, they’re baby EUnicorns)

<i>(Tech.eu) –</i> For the second year running, Tech Tour has presented its ‘Growth 50’ list at yesterday’s Growth Forum (the organization’s flagship event) in Switzerland.<p>The list represents 50 of Europe’s fastest-growing tech businesses, which regular Tech.eu readers will no doubt be able to identify as …

Facebook’s Messenger Bot Store could be the most important launch since the App Store

Tom Hadfield Contributor<p>Tom Hadfield is the CEO of Message.io, the bot syndication service backed by Khosla Ventures, Eniac Ventures and Y Combinator.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Bots that work everywhere<br>• Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform<p>If Facebook announces the “Messenger Bot Store” …

A Journey to the Medical Netherworld

One day in early December, not so many years ago, my nine-year-old daughter caught sight of herself in the mirror at daycare, and noticed her face …

4 behaviors are the most reliable predictors of divorce

If the answer is yes, and if you find it happening constantly, we hope that person isn't your significant other.<p>This behavior, known as stonewalling, is one of four reactions that John Gottman, a psychologist at the University of Washington and the founder of the Gottman Institute, has identified …

Meet The App That Uses A Neural Network To Describe The World

It’s not always right, but sometimes it’s poetic.<p>If you ever wanted to see how good (or not) AI and neural networks are at accurately identifying things, you should check out a new iOS app called AI Scry. The app was developed by an art and technology studio named disk cactus (their real name is …

Fortune 500

Companies are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal years. Included in the survey are companies that are incorporated in the U.S. and …

READ UP: 4 tough Wall Street interview questions

Below are four of the most difficult questions (two technical and two behavioral) you may encounter as well as some sample responses to give you an idea of how to structure a great answer.<p>As you will see, these questions take mastery both of your personal story and of the technical side of …

A Short History of Machine Learning -- Every Manager Should Read

It’s all well and good to ask if androids dream of electric sheep, but science fact has evolved to a point where it’s beginning to coincide with science fiction. No, we don’t have autonomous androids struggling with existential crises — yet — but we are getting ever closer to what people tend to …