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Boomer homes to flood US market, but who will buy them?

December 1st, 2019 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

Baby Boomer home sales will flood the housing market: Report Baby Boomers’ homes will be sold on a large scale over the next 20 years, but with millennials refraining from home ownership, who will be buying them? The U.S. housing market is on the verge of being inundated with homes for sale on a scale […]



Robot debates humans about the dangers of artificial intelligence

November 30th, 2019 at 1:40 pm » Comments Off

Project Debater argued both for and against the benefits of artificial intelligence An artificial intelligence has debated the dangers of AI – narrowly convincing audience members that the technology will do more good than harm. Project Debater, a robot developed by IBM, spoke on both sides of the argument, with two human teammates for each […]



Why the world is running out of sand

November 25th, 2019 at 5:05 pm » Comments Off

It may be little more than grains of weathered rock, and can be found in deserts and on beaches around the world, but sand is also the world’s second most consumed natural resource. A South African entrepreneur shot dead in September. Two Indian villagers killed in a gun battle in August. A Mexican environmental activist […]



$69 trillion of world debt in one infographic

November 23rd, 2019 at 1:13 pm » Comments Off

Two decades ago, total government debt was estimated to sit at $20 trillion. Since then, according to the latest figures by the IMF, the number has ballooned to $69.3 trillion with a debt to GDP ratio of 82% — the highest totals in human history. Which countries owe the most money, and how do these […]



The internet is getting less free

November 14th, 2019 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

A protester holds an Amazon box made into a sad face as part of a protest against the company’s cloud services contracts with Palantir, which supports ICE. Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting internet freedoms.   Amazon has been under fire from protesters lately for assisting surveillance technology company Palantir — […]



Should we gamify citizenship?