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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 — […]



Can you make AI fairer than a judge? Play our courtroom algorithm game

October 29th, 2019 at 2:50 pm » Comments Off

Can you make AI fairer than a judge? Play our courtroom algorithm game The US criminal legal system uses predictive algorithms to try to make the judicial process less biased. But there’s a deeper problem    . As a child, you develop a sense of what “fairness” means. It’s a concept that you learn early […]



Human actors are changing the spread of disinformation

October 28th, 2019 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Disinformation campaigns used to consist of trolls and bots orchestrated and manipulated to produce a desired result. Increasingly, though, these campaigns are able to find willing human participants to amplify their messages and even generate new ones on their own. The big picture: It’s as if they’re switching from employees to volunteers — and from […]



Earning $100,000 used to mean something. Now you can barely afford to buy a home- Here’s the big problem

October 27th, 2019 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

For many people, when we were starting out in our careers, earning a six-figure salary was the ultimate goal. If you made $100,000 or more, you were considered relatively successful. The compensation would afford you the opportunity to fulfill the American dream—owning a home with a white picket fence in a lovely neighborhood with good […]



Shooting drones out of the sky with Phasers

October 26th, 2019 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

Abqaiq has the world’s largest oil processing plant When a mixed formation of cruise missiles and small drone aircraft rained explosive charges on the Saudi Arabian state oil group Aramco sites at Abqaiq and Khurais on 14 September they halved national oil output, cutting 5.7 million barrels of crude per day from the company’s production. […]



Why you never see your friends anymore

October 24th, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

Our unpredictable and overburdened schedules are taking a dire toll on American society. Just under a century ago, the Soviet Union embarked on one of the strangest attempts to reshape the common calendar that has ever been undertaken. As Joseph Stalin raced to turn an agricultural backwater into an industrialized nation, his government downsized the […]



Why Everything Is Getting Louder

October 16th, 2019 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

  The tech industry is producing a rising din. Our bodies can’t adapt. Karthic thallikar first noticed the noise sometime in late 2014, back when he still enjoyed taking walks around his neighborhood. He’d been living with his wife and two kids in the Brittany Heights subdivision in Chandler, Arizona, for two years by then, […]



Political operatives are faking voter outrage with millions of made-up comments to benefit the rich and powerful

October 10th, 2019 at 12:54 pm » Comments Off

  A fierce battle over the regulation of the internet was riddled with millions of fake comments in the most prolific known instance of political impersonation in US history. Sarah Reeves sat on her couch in Eugene, Oregon, staring at her laptop screen in furious disbelief. She was reading the website of a government agency, […]



Facebook is challenging researchers to build a deep fakes detector

September 21st, 2019 at 1:14 am » Comments Off

Why it makes sense to fight deepfakes with deepfakes. Deepfakes are becoming so convincing that it’s hard to tell them from real videos. And that could soon spell disaster, eroding trust in what we see online. That’s why Facebook is teaming up with a consortium of researchers from Microsoft and several prominent research universities for […]



120 million workers will need to be retrained due to AI, says IBM study

September 16th, 2019 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

The skills gap is widening between people and AI. But many CEOs tell IBM they don’t have the resources needed to close the skills gap brought on by emerging technologies. Artificial Intelligence is apparently ready to get to work. Over the next three years, as many as 120 million workers from the world’s 12 largest […]



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