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A couple of years before he was convicted of securities fraud, Martin Shkreli was the chief executive of a pharmaceutical company that acquired the rights to Daraprim, a lifesaving antiparasitic drug. Previously the drug cost $13. Read full Article

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Mathematicians, computer engineers and scientists in related fields should take a Hippocratic oath to protect the public from powerful new technologies under development in laboratories and tech firms, a leading researcher has said. Read full Article

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There’s an emerging market called Dataism, which venerates neither gods nor man – it worships data. From a Dataist perspective, we may interpret the entire human species as a single data-processing system, with individual humans serving as its chips. Read full Article

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Published in around thirty languages, with millions of copies sold, ‘Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind’ traces the evolution of Homo sapiens, combining history and science and both delving back into our past and looking into our future. Read full Article

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Gain a global perspective on the US and go beyond with curated news and analysis from 600 journalists in 50+ countries covering politics, business, innovation, trends and more. Read full Article

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Salesforce.com recently decided to bar businesses that sell military-style rifles to consumers from using its CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software, The Washington Post recently reported. Read full Article

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Salesforce has updated its policy to turn away customers that sell a wide range of firearms to private citizens online, including a small number of existing clients. Read full Article

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Recent debates over the general ethical principles underpinning autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS) have highlighted many of the possible societal consequences of developing and deploying A/IS without proper forethought and governance. Read full Article

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When humans try to figure out how someone is feeling, we use a lot of information: facial expressions, body language, where that person is, and more. When computers try to do the same thing, they tend to focus only on the face. Read full Article

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Knowing that automation and other technologies will soon transform its work and workforce, Amazon recently announced it will invest $700 million to provide “upskilling training” for 100,000 of its employees between now and 2025. The program, aimed at reaching a third of its U.S. Read full Article

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Most science fictional and futurist visions of the future tend towards the negative — and for good reason. Our environment is a mess, we have a nasty tendency to misuse technologies, and we’re becoming increasingly capable of destroying ourselves. Read full Article

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This week professor David Carroll, whose dogged search for answers to how his personal data was misused plays a focal role in The Great Hack: Netflix’s documentary tackling the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal, quipped that perhaps a follow up would be more punitive for the company than t Read full Article

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The popular narrative about the future of work is bleak. The sense is that many of us will be replaced by automated systems, drones, or people who are willing to work for less elsewhere. Only those with specific high-tech skills will survive. Read full Article

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Four decades after American Airlines invented the frequent flier, loyalty programs have started to spread beyond airlines and into urban travel. Last November, Uber launched Uber Rewards, using perks like vehicle upgrades to woo and keep fickle customers. Read full Article

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The machines know you better than you know yourself. Artificial intelligence is by turns terrifying, overhyped, hard to understand and just plain awesome. Read full Article

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Long before the term “influencer” was coined, young people played that social role by creating and interpreting trends. Now a new generation of influencers has come on the scene. Read full Article

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Not since Marx identified Manchester’s manufacturing plants as blueprints for the new capitalist society have our political economy’s fundamentals faced a more profound transformation. As structural crises beset capitalism, a new mode of production is emerging: commons-based peer production. Read full Article

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Machine learning has the potential to make some real inroads against our biggest threat. Read full Article

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The Terminator was written to frighten us; WALL-E was written to make us cry. Robots can’t do the terrifying or heartbreaking things we see in movies, but still the question lingers: What if they could? Read full Article

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Blackstone cofounder Stephen Schwarzman is no stranger to big gestures. In 2013, he gave $100 million to start Schwarzman Scholars, a Rhodes-like scholarship that partners with Beijing’s Tsinghua University. Read full Article

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