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Americans are becoming obsessed with $80,000 luxury pickups

Not exactly what springs to mind when you think of a pickup. But that's what American truck buyers increasingly want, spending an average of $46,844 on a pickup, according to Kelley Blue Book. That's more than the starting price of luxury SUVs like the Mercedes GLC or the Lexus RX. In 2016, pickup …

General Motors

Why I’m Moving Home

COLUMBUS, Ohio — In recent months, I’ve frequently found myself in places hit hard by manufacturing job losses, speaking to people affected in various ways. Sometimes, the conversation turns to the conflict people feel between the love of their home and the desire to leave in search of better …

Society

This Map Wants You to Stereotype Your City

Hoodmaps asks which neighborhoods attract hipsters, tourists, and students, and more.<p>You probably know where the hipsters, students, or rich people people hang out in your city. But when you’re traveling somewhere new and want to know the same thing, where can you go to figure it out?<p>Hoodmaps might …

Urban Design

This Technology Could Make You Rich -- and Change the World As We Know It

Gene editing appears poised to usher in a brave new world for biotech.<p>Revolutionary, game-changing, groundbreaking.<p>These words are probably used too …

In Japan's aging population, these women are just getting started

"I need to keep myself fit to continue my business," says Ms. Zakoji, who owns a shop in Iida, located 110 miles west of Tokyo. She calls it <i>Waraku</i>: a name that evokes opening up to each other, and having a good time.<p>Zakoji opened the shop in 1992, after her husband's retirement. She was a homemaker …

Becoming a social media “influencer” is the new unpaid internship, and just as exploitative

You may have heard about Chiara Ferragni, who started a personal style blog as a 27-year-old that now generates $8 million per year. Or Johnny Ward, who started blogging about his travels as a budget backpacker and ended up with a successful media company. Or the food blogger who earns $150,000 per …

Public Relations

Meet the Foreign Tech Workers Left in Limbo by Trump

At dawn in California’s Bay Area, the river of commuters begins to flow. It is filled with the people who help make our smartphones, our favorite games, the apps we download.<p>But many have also come to make something else, perhaps — a new life in America.<p>These are just a few of the 85,000 people who …

Immigration

Inside Patreon, the economic engine of internet culture

In 2013, Peter Hollens was an aspiring a cappella singer surviving, in his words, by living on ramen in someone else’s house. Hollens was hardly new to the music business; he’d been a record producer and cruise singer before striking out on his own, and his wife Evynne co-founded the college a …

China and the US are battling to become the world’s first AI superpower

In October 1957, the Soviet Union launched the Earth’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1. The craft was no bigger than a beach ball, but it spurred the US into a frenzy of research and investment that would eventually put humans on the Moon. Sixty years later, the world might have had its …

Artificial Intelligence

Inside the world of Silicon Valley's 'coasters' — the millionaire engineers who get paid gobs of money and barely work

On a sunny summer morning, a Facebook engineer woke up to go to work but felt ill, ran to the bathroom and threw up. "I thought I was getting sick," the engineer recalled.<p>It wasn't a virus or food poisoning. The engineer was having a bad reaction to the thought of going to work.<p>This person was …

Silicon Valley

Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines

Late last autumn, a Russian mathematician and programmer named Alex decided he’d had enough of running his eight-year-old business. Though his St. …

How Big Data Saved the Mountain Town

On Main Street in Prineville, Oregon, across from a saddlery that has seen better days, sits a 75-year-old bar called the Horseshoe Saloon. The clientele here is a mix of ranchers, out-of-work lumberjacks, libertarian hippies, and one-armed electricians. People like to dress up at the Horseshoe. At …

Oregon

18 Things Every Traveler Should Know Before Visiting Bali

When it comes to exotic tropical islands that one should visit in their lifetime, Bali ranks high. It has towering volcanoes, untouched forests, …

Beaches

When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism

The pursuit of digital readership broke the New Republic—and an entire industry.<p>Chris Hughes was a mythical savior—boyishly innocent, fantastically rich, intellectually curious, unexpectedly humble, and proudly idealistic.<p>My entire career at the <i>New Republic</i> had been spent dreaming of such a …

Why the typical voicebot user is a 52-year-old woman

There’s a race heating up in the world of artificial intelligence, and it involves smartphones, consumers, and voice. Voice-activated smartphone apps use a combination of artificial intelligence, cloud-based natural language processing (NLP), and machine learning to power their services. And with …

Apps

This AI Draws Cities From Scratch

These days, computers can identify objects with more accuracy than humans can. But can AI create new images from scratch, like a painter or an illustrator?<p>Slowly but surely, yes. Researchers Qifeng Chen and Vladlen Koltun built a neural net that can draw near-photorealistic images from scratch. …

How AI could create a world of haves and have-nots

Artificial intelligence is all over the news, with tech titans arguing over whether it is a force for good or bad. An equally important question is whether AI will further stratify society, creating a world of haves and have-nots.<p>AI is already impacting multiple industries and will take over many …

Artificial Intelligence

Silicon Valley luminaries are busily preparing for when robots take over

Until a couple of years ago, Antonio Garcia Martinez was living the dream life: a tech-start up guy in Silicon Valley, surrounded by hip young …

Rise of the machines

The workers of the first shift had just finished their morning cigarettes and settled into place when one last car pulled into the factory parking lot, driving past an American flag and a “now hiring” sign. Out came two men, who opened up the trunk, and then out came four cardboard boxes labeled …

Robotics

How this bikini babe makes $170K a year on Instagram

Thanks to her nearly 8 million followers on Instagram, this curvy bikini babe is making bank.<p>Abigail Ratchford, 25, has come a long way from her days …

The Human Army Using Phones to Teach AI to Drive

As her fellow patients read dog-eared magazines or swipe through Instagram, Shari Forrest opens an app on her phone and gets busy training artificial …

How Two Brothers Turned Seven Lines of Code Into a $9.2 Billion Startup

Now, Stripe’s Patrick and John Collison are teaming with Amazon to grab even more control over the global flow of commerce.<p>Every day, Americans spend …

Startups

I just drove the Tesla Model 3 and it changes everything — the entire world will want this car

<b>FREMONT, California</b>— Tesla has been promising a great electric car for the masses since its founding, and on Friday that car finally arrived.<p>Before a handoff of the first 30 Model 3's to owners at Tesla's factory in California, I got to spend about 15 minutes behind the wheel of the latest car of …

Is Amazon getting too big?

Amazon’s general counsel, David Zapolsky, had a lot on his mind last month when he and four members of his legal team visited the offices of New America, a liberal-leaning think tank in Washington. The retail juggernaut was days from announcing its $13.8 billion purchase of Whole Foods, a deal that …

Antitrust Laws

Starbucks is pinning its hopes for its future on China

The world's largest coffee chain just sank $1.3 billion in China, to gain full control of all its 2,800 outlets there.<p>Starbucks had 50 percent …

Samsung Dethrones Intel As World's Biggest Chip Maker

Intel has lost its long-held title as the world’s top computer chip maker—at least by one important yardstick.<p>Samsung’s semiconductor unit brought in …

Mobile

How to Steal Your Competition’s Backlinks (And Then Outrank Them)

Are you tired of your competitors outranking you?You’ve spent time optimizing your site but it still isn’t turning up as high as you thought it would …

Marketing

This startup is using Uber and Lyft drivers to bring self-driving cars to market faster

Former Tesla engineers launch a high-definition mapping company<p>Roads aren’t the stagnant strips of concrete and asphalt they appear to be. They’re constantly changing. Traffic lights are added and removed, stop-and-go intersections turn into roundabouts, a typically quiet street turns into a …

Autonomous Cars

Google Glass Gets It Right the Second Time

Silicon Valley needs to recognize that not every innovation is made for the masses.<p>Google Glass is back, and this time it's not the ultimate example of overhyped wearable technology. Rather, its revival demonstrates how Silicon Valley's innovations can have applications that their creators might …

Silicon Valley

Countries Where You Can Make the Most Bank Teaching English

Let’s say you want to travel abroad -- for years, even -- but you don’t want to drain your bank account or leave any huge gaps on your resume. Let’s …