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Basic income could work—if you do it Canada-style

June 22nd, 2018 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

A Canadian province is giving people money with no strings attached—revealing both the appeal and the limitations of the idea. Dana Bowman, 56, expresses gratitude for fresh produce at least 10 times in the hour and a half we’re having coffee on a frigid spring day in Lindsay, Ontario. Over the many years she scraped […]



We compared the average IQ scores in all 50 states, and the results are eye-opening

June 18th, 2018 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

  Yes, the IQ test is controversial, but it’s one of the few consistent metrics we have. Here’s how the states compare. People are getting dumber, according to science. There are a lot of theories why IQ tests are falling. Some say it’s bad food, poor schools, or obscene amounts of screen time. Others suggest […]



IQ scores are falling and have been for decades, new study finds

June 17th, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

The research suggests that genes aren’t what’s driving the decline in IQ scores “It’s not that dumb people are having more kids than smart people,” researcher says (CNN) — IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says. The research suggests that genes […]



This is why Xanax is blowing up in America

June 16th, 2018 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

From the explosion of ADHD meds to the economic crisis to the Trump presidency, this dangerous trend didn’t come out of nowhere. It’s not exactly breaking news that Xanax has been having something of a moment. Famous musicians, at least until prominent voices like Lil Xan (yes, even him!) and Chance the Rapper began swearing […]



How data scientists are using AI for suicide prevention

June 14th, 2018 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

The Crisis Text Line uses machine learning to figure out who’s at risk and when to intervene. When horrible news — like the deaths by suicide of chef, author, and TV star Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, or the 2015 Paris attacks — breaks, crisis counseling services often get deluged with calls from […]



This one shocking factor can make you 4600 percent more likely to become an addict

June 12th, 2018 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

It was discovered quite by accident – in part of a study of a totally different subject. One of my earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of my relatives, and not being able to. As I got older, I understood why. We had addiction in my family. And as I watched some […]



The world is running out of Japanese people

June 7th, 2018 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

Japan is shrinking. Fast. The health ministry recently announced that only 946,060 babies were born in Japan in 2017, the fewest births since official statistics began in 1899. At the same time, 1,340,433 Japanese people died last year. This means that the non-immigrant population declined by nearly 400,000 people. It’s an astonishing shift. The Japanese […]



Yes, Alexa is recording mundane details of your life, and it’s creepy as hell

May 29th, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

I’m not kicking our smart speaker out of the house just yet, but the consequences of having it in my family’s life are becoming clear. Since last year I’ve had a smart speaker in my living room—an Echo Dot. My family uses it mostly to ask Amazon’s digital assistant, Alexa, to play music. But after […]



The coming jobs apocalypse

May 27th, 2018 at 8:35 am » Comments Off

Congress and the Trump administration have yet to create a coherent policy response to a widely forecast social and economic tsunami resulting from automation, including the potential for decades of flat wages and joblessness. But cities and regions are starting to act on their own. What’s happening: In Indianapolis, about 338,000 people are at high […]



Will tech and AI take your job, or help you do it better?

May 21st, 2018 at 10:34 am » Comments Off

We all know what happens when industrial revolutions come to town, right? Higher productivity as machines take over, coupled with job losses for the people whose jobs are now being done faster, more efficiently, and cheaper by machines. At least, that’s one way of looking at it. But, as the following video from the WSJ […]



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