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Study: Only 18% of data science students are learning about AI ethics

July 14th, 2020 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

The neglect of AI ethics extends from universities to industry  A study by data science firm Anaconda found an absence of AI ethics initiatives in both academia and industry. Amid a growing backlash over AI‘s racial and gender biases, numerous tech giants are launching their own ethics initiatives — of dubious intent. The schemes are […]



The pandemic will cleave America in two

April 28th, 2020 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

Some will emerge from this crisis disrupted and shaken, but ultimately stable. Others will come out of it with much more lasting scars. Viruses aren’t picky. They tear through neighborhoods and nations, infecting whomever they can, and the new coronavirus is no exception: The pain of the present pandemic will be felt—is already being felt—by […]



Coronavirus upended the trillion-dollar events business. Here’s how it can come back

April 9th, 2020 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

The global events industry generates more than $1 trillion in economic activity. Needless to say, it has been decimated by the coronavirus. After the lockdowns end and our health authorities tell us it’s safe to gather in groups, we need a plan to ease people back into real events. Virtual events won’t cut it in […]



Americans on the move to escape the coronavirus

March 30th, 2020 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

Lisa Pezzino brushes her teeth at her retreat in Big Sur, Calif., 140 miles from her city home in Oakland. The mass migration looks urgent and temporary but might contain the seeds of a wholesale shift in where and how Americans live. This story and all coronavirus stories are free to the public. Please support […]



Socially aware algorithms are ready to help

December 3rd, 2019 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

Better coding, not just laws and regulations, is the solution for tech’s failure to address the needs of actual humans Calls for stronger government regulation of large technology companies have become increasingly urgent and ubiquitous. But many of the technology failures we hear about every day—including fake news; privacy violations; discrimination; and filter bubbles that […]



People are sick of drinking. Investors are betting on the ‘sober curious’

June 20th, 2019 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

New York(CNN Business) Getaway in Brooklyn was comfortably full for a Saturday night, when I came in to try my first “shrub” — an acidic beverage made from vinegar, fruit, sugar, club soda and zero alcohol. I ordered a carrot-and-ginger shrub and hoped it would be palatable. I was pleasantly surprised, drank the whole thing […]



From coworking to a smart city.

January 2nd, 2019 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

This year is the 10th anniversary of my decision to devote myself to the creation of the models of social changes. After banging my head against the wall, trying to scale the default coworking business model, I realized that only city-wide catalyst models such as smart city can survive and are ones of the pillars […]



No cash needed at this cafe. Students pay the tab with their personal data

October 14th, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

At Shiru Cafe in Providence, R.I., students “pay” for coffee, but not with money. Shiru Cafe looks like a regular coffee shop. Inside, machines whir, baristas dispense caffeine and customers hammer away on laptops. But all of the customers are students, and there’s a reason for that. At Shiru Cafe, no college ID means no […]



Culturally sensitive robots are here to care for the elderly

October 2nd, 2018 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

Humans are living longer, healthier lives. That’s great, but there’s a downside — the growing elderly population requires an entire industry of (expensive) caregivers, and we’ll likely need even more of them in the future. Care robots might be able to do some of that work. Researchers suspect robots could help elderly people with everything […]



India’s bodybuilding boom reflects a nation coming of age

September 9th, 2018 at 8:49 pm » Comments Off

A group of twenty-something guys are crammed into a small room, flexing their muscles and applying thick layers of fake tan on dark brown skin. It’s approaching 40°C outside but, inside this windowless pen, it’s hard to breathe. Sweat is running freely and the air is thick with a tang of muscle spray as guys […]



One of Estonia’s first “e-residents” explains what it means to have digital citizenship

August 3rd, 2018 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

An online community survey recently asked me where I’m based. Without hesitation, I answered “Estonia.” You might ask: as a US citizen, why in the world did I do that? But as crazy as it may sound, Estonia is the country to which I feel most loyal today. I am one of the country’s first […]



The rise of the computer-generated celebrity

July 31st, 2018 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

A new generation of celebrities is selling out concerts, starring in commercials, and amassing huge Instagram followings. But none of them exist—corporeally, anyway. In recent years, and starting in Japan, technology and social media have spawned a digital demimonde of computer-generated stars, ranging from fake musicians and models to company mascots who appear as holograms […]



are certificates more valuable than college degrees?