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Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government

Skooter McCoy was 20 years old when his wife, Michelle, gave birth to their first child, a son named Spencer. It was 1996, and McCoy was living in …

Income Inequality

The new science on anxiety and gut health

While docs used to treat mental health conditions with a pill and a glass of water, the times are changing. Probiotics are arguably the new Prozac …

Facebook shuts AI system after bots speak their own language, defy human instructions

Days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that artificial intelligence (AI) was the biggest risk, Facebook has shut down one of its AI systems after …

Social Sciences

Fintech investor: 'Anything that has machine learning or blockchain in it, the valuation goes up, 2, 3, 4, 5x'

Andy Stewart, a managing partner at Motive Partners, said at the International Fintech conference in London last week: "I would call valuations right now frothy in general... tech generally is frothy."<p>A frothy market is one where valuations become detached from the underlining performance of a …

Venture Capital

Meet The Man Who Makes Facebook’s Machines Think

Twenty years ago, a marginalized Yann LeCun couldn't get his ideas heard. Now he's running the Facebook team working to create machines that think like you.<p><b>Nearly 3,000</b> miles away from Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters, in an old, beige office building in downtown Manhattan, a group of company …

Redefining Failure

Teachers who are designing inquiry-based learning for their students take the essential feedback from failure and make sure there are multiple …

Pedagogy

How Can I Stop Worrying So Much?

Are you worried? People diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, including panic disorder, often struggle with chronic worrying. Frequent worrying may …

Self-help

Learning to distinguish “fear” from “fear of fear” is key to leading a happy life

There’s one piece of advice that’s always stuck with me: “The only way to not be scared of being punched in the face is being punched in the face.” This is quite true, as I learned after receiving the first (and only) punch in my life. Late one night, I inadvertently bumped into someone outside a …

German Philosophy

Technology Does Not Magically Make Teaching/Learning Better

There is a myth out there that integrating technology in your classroom makes you a better teacher.<p>It is important to be clear that there is so much …

Education Technology

Teachers are making millions selling their lessons plans online

Despite worries from some educators, such online marketplaces are booming, driven by rising standards and the willingness of teachers to pay out of their own pockets for classroom-tested materials.<p>"I am so thankful and blessed that it came into my life and that my passion and career can kind of …

Teaching

Were College Students Better Off Before Social Media?

Ten questions for campus observers about the costs of the world that Silicon Valley built<p>Fifteen years ago, when I graduated from Pomona College, there were landlines in the dorm rooms, a paper directory with everyone’s number, and a thriving culture of friendly prank calls. Almost no one used …

Black Lives Matter

Facebook Finally Rolls Out 'Disputed News' Tag Everyone Will Dispute

On Friday, Facebook debuted its new flagging system for fake news in America, tagging hoax stories as “disputed” for some users. First announced amid …

I'm a Silicon Valley liberal, and I traveled across the country to interview 100 Trump supporters — here's what I learned

After the election, I decided to talk to 100 Trump voters from around the country. I went to the middle of the country, the middle of the state, and talked to many online.<p>This was a surprisingly interesting and helpful experience — I highly recommend it. With three exceptions, I found something to …

Democratic Party

Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War

What lay behind Russia’s interference in the 2016 election—and what lies ahead?<p>1. Soft Targets<p>On April 12, 1982, Yuri Andropov, the chairman of the K.G.B., ordered foreign-intelligence operatives to carry out “active measures”—<i>aktivniye meropriyatiya</i>—against the reëlection campaign of President …

Russia

Putin’s Real Long Game

The world order we know is already over, and Russia is moving fast to grab the advantage. Can Trump figure out the new war in time to win it?<p>A little over a year ago, on a pleasant late fall evening, I was sitting on my front porch with a friend best described as a Ukrainian freedom fighter. He was …

Political Science

The Wrong Eating Habits Can Hurt Your Brain, Not Just Your Waistline

Being overweight can raise your blood pressure, cholesterol and risk for developing diabetes. It could be bad for your brain, too.<p>A diet high in saturated fats and sugars, the so-called Western diet, actually affects the parts of the brain that are important to memory and make people more likely to …

The Brain

Orphaned by America's opioid epidemic | The Washington Post

Published on December 17, 2016<p><b>SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.VA.</b><p>The midmorning sun came in through the curtains and Zaine Pulliam awoke to the debris of a weekend party. There were blankets strewn across the floor and half-finished plates of food on the couch. Zaine, 17, picked his way around a sleeping …

Empathy

The Perils of Empathy

In politics and policy, trying to feel the pain of others is a bad idea. Empathy distorts our reasoning and makes us biased, tribal and often cruel<p>Everywhere you turn in American politics, leaders talk about the need for empathy. The best-known instance, of course, comes from Bill Clinton, who told …

Empathy

The American Climbing the Ranks of ISIS

John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the story of his long and troubling journey.<p><i>Updated January 25, 2017</i><p>At dawn on a warm September morning in 2013, a minivan pulled up to a …

Religion

Life Expectancy in the US Falls for the First Time in Decades

In 2015, 86,212 more Americans died than the year before. That means life expectancy in the United States is heading in the wrong direction—something …

The Man Who Is Transforming Microsoft

<b>By Andrew Nusca</b><p>Photograph by Veronique de Viguerie<p>November 11, 2016, 6:30 AM EST<p>On the road with Satya Nadella’s traveling revival show.<p>A blustery …

The Algorithmic Democracy

AI is changing how we think, debate, and choose.<p>The day before the election, as millions of Americans were feeling confident that the vast majority of the country shared their opinions, a pair of researchers at the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute published a paper …

Putin’s Revenge

Humiliated by the 1990s, Russia’s strongman is determined to win Cold War 2.0. He may be succeeding.<p>Twenty years before Vladimir Putin began his ingenious campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, his predecessor as Russia’s president stood on a dark street near the White House. In his …

Russia

Uber’s self-driving cars start picking up passengers in San Francisco

Uber’s self-driving cars are making the move to San Francisco, in a new expansion of its pilot project with autonomous vehicles that will see Volvo SUVs outfitted with sensors and supercomputers begin picking up passengers in the city.<p>The autonomous cars won’t operate completely driverless, for the …

The Great A.I. Awakening

<b>Prologue: You Are What You Have Read</b><p>Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling in on social media. Apparently Google …

China Tries to Make Sense of Donald Trump

Communications between the world’s rising superpower and its existing one were off to a jolly start when China’s state media and Donald Trump, the American President-elect, appeared to contradict each other on whether Chinese President Xi Jinping had contacted Trump in the days following his …

What's More Distracting Than A Noisy Co-Worker? Turns Out, Not Much

Sounds, particularly those made by other humans, rank as the No. 1 distraction in the workplace. According to workplace design expert Alan Hedge at Cornell, 74 percent of workers say they face "many" instances of disturbances and distractions from noise.<p>"In general, if it's coming from another …

The Workplace

The Surface Studio Story: How Microsoft Reimagined The Desktop PC For Creativity

A 28-inch screen, a very special hinge, and a new type of input device add up to an experience conceived with artists and designers in mind.<p>“Lean on it!”<p>Panos Panay, Microsoft’s hardware chief, is gesturing toward the company’s newest Surface device. Confused, I ask him what he means. “Lean on …

Bill Clinton