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What Data Scientists Really Do, According to 35 Data Scientists

Modern data science emerged in tech, from optimizing Google search rankings and LinkedIn recommendations to influencing the headlines Buzzfeed editors run. But it’s poised to transform all sectors, from retail, telecommunications, and agriculture to health, trucking, and the penal system. Yet the …

Machine Learning

This Unconventional Way of Consuming Books Will Transform How You Read

Give yourself permission to read this way and propel your learning to new heights<p>When's the last time you listened to an album from beginning to end? Yeah, right. But of course, you read books from cover to cover. I mean, who in their right mind wouldn't? Turns out, lots of folks.<p>I once believed in …

Writing

Your cable company will hate you as much as you hate them after you get this $39 box

Pretty much no one likes his or her cable company. After years of overcharging, terrible customer service, and a wide range of anti-consumer …

Customer Service

Jeff Bezos’s $150 Billion Fortune Is a Policy Failure

Growing inequality in the United States shows that the game is rigged.<p>Last month, Bloomberg reported that Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of the <i>Washington Post</i>, has accumulated a fortune worth $150 billion. That is the biggest nominal amount in modern history, and extraordinary any way …

Income Inequality

Michael Lewis’s new book warns of a future in which Americans pay for weather data

A battle is quietly being waged over the United States’ weather data—and its ability to predict its future.<p>In his first exclusively audio story, Michael Lewis dives into the wonk-filled world of weather forecasting: the researchers who collect and study the data; the citizens who benefit from, or …

Weather

Bitcoin is Erasing 300 Years of Monetary Evolution: Nobel Economist Paul Krugman

American economist Paul Krugman has taken another swing bitcoin, arguing that the prominent cryptocurrency, as well as its peers, represents a …

Economics

The Most Commonly Cited Barriers to Innovation in Large Companies? Internal Politics

It turns out that the word “innovation” is not a Harry Potter-esque magical incantation that, once spoken, renders companies more inventive, creative, and entrepreneurial. The word can be uttered by a CEO speaking to employees or Wall Street analysts. It can be emblazoned on the door to a new …

Innovation

A German court ruled you can inherit Facebook content like a letter or a diary

Germany’s highest court ruled Thursday (July 12) that the parents of a teenager who died in 2012 after being hit by a train should be allowed to access her Facebook account, including her private messages.<p>The court argued that digital content should be passed onto heirs like letters, books, or …

Judiciary

These 20 Pictures Will Teach You More Than Reading 100 Books

“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, …

Motivation

“Google Was Not a Normal Place”: Brin, Page, and Mayer on the Accidental Birth of the Company that Changed Everything

A behind-the-scenes account of the most important company on the Internet, from grad-school all-nighters, space tethers, and Burning Man to the “eigenvector of a matrix,” humongous wealth, and extraordinary power.<p>In 1996, as the World Wide Web was taking off, <b>Larry Page</b> and <b>Sergey Brin</b> watched from …

Silicon Valley

What we buy can be used to predict our politics, race or education — sometimes with more than 90 percent accuracy

The cultural divide is real, and it’s huge. Americans live such different lives that what we buy, do or watch can be used to predict our politics, race, income, education and gender — sometimes with more than 90 percent accuracy.<p>It turns out that people are separated not just by gun ownership, …

Consumer Behavior

17 Places Book Lovers Need to Visit

For many book lovers, the most perfect place in the world is a cozy reading nook where no one will talk to them for the next, oh, ten hours. But there are places outside of the home (and beyond the pages) that seem to have been made specifically for the literary minded, including charming …

The Complexity of Simply Searching for Medical Advice

In the first few hours of a newborn’s life, doctors administer a vitamin K shot. This is because infants are born without enough of the vitamin, and …

Vitamin K

When Silicon Valley Disrupts the Chicken Coop

Meet the back-yard Bay Area chickens who ride in infant carriers and get weekly blowouts.<p>Good afternoon, and welcome to the Golden Beaks, the awards show that dares to ask, Who is the most beloved back-yard chicken in Silicon Valley? We grant you, the love affair between chickens and tech workers …

Ways to think about machine learning

We're now four or five years into the current explosion of machine learning, and pretty much everyone has heard of it. It's not just that startups …

Machine Learning

As Rural Towns Lose Population, They Can Learn To 'Shrink Smart'

Just outside tiny Sheffield, Iowa, a modern steel and glass office building has sprung up next to a cornfield. Behind it, there's a plant that employs almost 700 workers making Sukup brand steel grain bins. The factory provides an economic anchor for Sheffield, population 1,125.<p>Charles Sukup, the …

How Liberals and Conservatives Shop Differently

After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced that it would no longer sell semiautomatic rifles in its hunting and fishing stores (it had already stopped selling them at its main stores after the December 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting). The …

Banks close 2,900 branches in three years, says Which?

<b>About 60 bank branches are closing every month with RBS shutting the most, consumer group Which? has warned.</b><p>It found that 2,868 branches will have closed between 2015 and the end of 2018, with the number accelerating this year.<p>It called the trend "alarming" and said many people were left without …

Laurene Powell Jobs is investing in media, education, sports and more. What does she want? - The Washington Post

Laurene Powell Jobs — like the inventors and disrupters who were all around her — was thinking big. It was 2004, and she was an East Coast transplant — sprung from a cage in West Milford, N.J., as her musical idol Bruce Springsteen might put it — acclimating to the audacious sense of possibility …

Silicon Valley

How Vineyard Vines Uses Analytics to Win Over Customers

When brothers Shep and Ian Murray cut their ties with Corporate America to start a little company on Martha’s Vineyard in 1998, their motivation was clear: “We’re making neck ties so we don’t have to wear them.”<p>Little did they know that the business they founded, Vineyard Vines, would become a …

American tech giants are making life tough for startups

IT IS a classic startup story, but with a twist. Three 20-somethings launched a firm out of a dorm room at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology …

Users Don’t Hate Change. They Hate Our Design Choices.

A message appeared to users at the top of the screen that was deep in the administration system for Google’s G-Suites apps. It read <i>“The new User</i> …

UX Design

The Psychology of Money

Let me tell you the story of two investors, neither of whom knew each other, but whose paths crossed in an interesting way.Grace Groner was orphaned …

Here's IBM's Blueprint for Winning the AI Race

Big Blue is laser-focused on serving its core enterprise customers.<p>One of the cornerstones of <b>International Business Machines</b>' (NYSE:IBM) ongoing …

7 essays that every David Sedaris fan should read

The latest book from writer David Sedaris, <i>Calypso</i>, hits shelves on Tuesday, adding yet another tome to the writer's stellar collection. The book is …

Books

How Machine Learning Is Helping Morgan Stanley Better Understand Client Needs

Systems that provide automated investment advice from financial firms have been referred to as robo-advisers. While no one in the industry is particularly fond of the term, it has caught on nonetheless. However, the enhanced human advising process — augmented by machine learning — that was recently …

Netflix on LinkedIn: “The Netflix Research team is…

The Netflix Research team is thrilled to have launched their website research.netflix.com today. This site will share how we think about data science …

Google Grapples With ‘Horrifying’ Reaction to Uncanny AI Tech

The most talked-about, futuristic product from Google’s developer show isn’t even finished -- but it’s already stoking heated debate.<p>At its I/O …

Artificial Intelligence

The economics of artificial intelligence

Rotman School of Management professor Ajay Agrawal explains how AI changes the cost of prediction and what this means for business.<p><b>With so many</b> …