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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, […]



We’re about to find out if airlines really did stuff too many seats on their planes. We might not like the result

October 9th, 2019 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

Forget comfort, are these seats, on display by Spirit Airlines at an airline industry conference in Los Angeles last month, too close to be safe? The FAA will test to see if U.S. airlines meet evacuation time requirements Many Americans will likely be rooting for 720 volunteers to fail, miserably, when they participate in a […]



76 billion opioid pills: Newly released federal data unmasks the epidemic

August 8th, 2019 at 11:47 am » Comments Off

 The data in the DEA database tracks the path of every single pain pill sold in the United States, including oxycodone, above. America’s largest drug companies saturated the country with 76 billion oxycodone and hydrocodone pain pills from 2006 through 2012 as the nation’s deadliest drug epidemic spun out of control, according to previously undisclosed […]



How Tech is creating data “cravability,” to make us digitally obese

April 8th, 2019 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

Are you taking in too much information every day? If so, be on the lookout for this potentially dangerous new condition. Obesity and dramatic overweight are a huge global problem, costing an estimated $450 billion per year in the U.S. alone, where more than two-thirds of people are overweight and an estimated 35.7% are considered […]



Very risky business: the pros and cons of insurance companies embracing artificial intelligence

February 25th, 2019 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

  The enabling technology for insurers to use AI is the ‘ecosystem’ of sensors known as the internet of things. It’s a new day not very far in the future. You wake up; your wristwatch has recorded how long you’ve slept, and monitored your heartbeat and breathing. You drive to work; car sensors track your […]



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