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In the ancient world, the Greeks believed that all great insights came from one of nine muses, divine sisters who brought inspiration to mere …

Creativity

Interviewing the algorithm: How reporting and reverse engineering could build a beat to understand the code that influences us

Nick Diakopoulos explains why journalists needs to start thinking more critically about algorithms that govern an increasingly large share of our lives.<p>Often, when there’s talk about algorithms and journalism, the focus is on how to use algorithms to help publishers share content better and make …

No cushion needed, apparently

THE Federal Reserve basically never sees a recession coming (at least when it isn't busily creating one to whip inflation). In early 2008, when …

Study: Your Racist Relatives May Just Be Feeling Left Out

0<p>SHARES<p>What leads people to develop a hostile, suspicious attitude toward minorities? Social scientists have a variety of theories. But recent …

Psychology

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Lumosity, CogniFit, CogMed: Are these kinds of brain-training games worth it?

<i>This post originally appeared on</i> The Conversation<i>.</i><p>I’m not old by any means, but I’ve become a little more forgetful lately. This morning I poured …

Facebook Hilariously Debunks Princeton Study Saying It Will Lose 80% Of Users

Last week Princeton researchers released a widely covered study saying Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2015-2017. But now Facebook’s data scientists have turned the study’s silly “correlation equals causation” methodology of tracking Google search volume against it to show Princeton would …

Hierarchy is Good. Hierarchy is Essential. And Less Isn’t Always Better

I was raised to view hierarchy as a bad thing. My late father, an entrepreneur, often ranted about the idiocy he battled in the corporate and …

The Right Way to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

Thomas Jefferson once said that “honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom”. Though truth-telling abounds in grade school platitudes, it seems scarcer the older we get. But this decline in honesty — let’s call it <i>dishonesty</i> — isn’t necessarily innate. Dishonesty can be taught. In my …

Smart TVs, smart fridges, smart washing machines? Disaster waiting to happen

Op-ed: Hardware companies are generally bad at writing software—and bad at updating it.<p>If you believe what the likes of LG and Samsung have been …

Guess shares slip 3% after quarterly results

May 30, 2018<br>10:54 PM<p>Asian stocks started Thursday’s trading with solid gains, with Japan and South Korea recovering some of Wednesday’s near-2% declines in their benchmarks.<p>May 30, 2018<br>10:21 PM<p>Virginia is poised to expand Medicaid after a hard-fought legislative battle, making it one of a growing …

Wall Street

How Silicon Valley Became The Man

Silicon Valley has been taking a lot of heat lately for its power and elitism. That’s only natural for a region that has rapidly gained enormous economic and cultural clout. But it seems especially ironic that this is happening in the San Francisco Bay area, that one-time headquarters of flower …

4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence

NEW YORK—Law enforcement officials confirmed Friday that four more copy editors were killed this week amid ongoing violence between two rival gangs …

The Plural of Anecdote Is (Not?) Data

On various occasions (most recently today in an email message), I have heard it said that, "The plural of anecdote is not data." Curious as to where …

A Report Card for Humanity: 1900-2050

21 economists crunch the numbers on 10 of the world's most bedeviling problems.<p>Will we be living better in 2050 than our predecessors did in 1900? The discussion over the state of the world, and whether things are getting better or worse, is not new. Scientists and philosophers have debated the …

How Your Data Are Being Deeply Mined

The recent revelations regarding the NSA’s collection of the personal information and the digital activities of millions of people across the world …

Communicate Better with Your Significant Other with These 10 Rules

No matter how smart you think you are, communicating with your significant other is never easy. That said, it's not impossible, and according to The …

How is Big Data Transforming Your 80/20 Analytics?

Even today, most organizations technically struggle to answer even the simplest 80/20 analytics questions: Which 20% of customers generate 80% of the profits? Which 20% of suppliers are responsible for 80% of customer UX complaints? What 20% of customers facilitate 80% of the most helpful …

The Year We Broke the Internet

An explanation. An apology. A plea.<p>As winter storms were buffeting parts of the country last week, our collective attention was drawn halfway around the world to Egypt. Images of the pyramids and the Sphinx covered in snow had emerged, and were being shared tens of thousands of times on Facebook …

The secret for keeping a New Year’s resolution: KPIs

Each of us is only as effective as the questions we ask. So understanding the process of asking good questions is essential to our success.<p><b>1. Ask</b> …

The 1914 Christmas armistice: a triumph for common humanity

We will be home by Christmas, the men had said, as they marched off to war in the summer of 1914. But, in that cold and rainy December 99 years ago, …

The death of the filibuster is bad for centrists and moderates.

Filibuster reform is a huge victory for progressives, according to David Weigel. Emily Bazelon agrees. Yet some conservatives not caught up in the …

Does your job create real value?

Back in August, the anthropologist and anarchist David Graeber wrote an article for <i>Strike!</i> <i>Magazine</i> entitled "Bullshit Jobs." Graeber asked why we …

Dow posts largest weekly gain in 3 months

Jun 8, 2018<br>5:55 PM<p>Amazon.com Inc. said late Friday it plans to open a new fulfillment center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which will create 1,500 jobs. Amazon said the center adds to another one announced for South Oklahoma City. Those jobs provide “opportunities for employees to engage with robotics …

Stock Markets

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Molten Salt Gives Concentrated Solar a Unique Advantage

Since the Ivanpah Solar Plant fed power into the California grid for the first time, concentrated solar thermal has been regaining the momentum lost …

Clean Energy

My five-point plan to fix all the economic problems in America.

I'm going on vacation tomorrow morning, so before I go I thought I might leave you with a few thoughts about how to fix all of America's problems. …

Dear Amnesty International, Do You Even Know How Drones Work?

Alleged strikes in Pakistan might not have been by U.S. robots, after all<p>by DAVID AXE<p>American drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas—an estimated …

Extremism

The default has already begun

The default has already started, and is already causing real harm. The only question is how much worse it's going to get.