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The United Nations is 75, and, according to Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, it is showing its age. Read full Article

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Our increasing fascination with the hyper-performance of machines, smart software and AI is casting a shadow over our elusive and ephemeral ‘human-only skills.’ As our working environments shift dramatically it’s time for a change in our performance metrics, too. Read full Article

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Through history there have been many wonderful visionaries, seers, futurists and writers who have presented us with glimpses of the future. Read full Article

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Jeff Orlowski, director of the new documentary on Netflix about how tech giants affect everything from mental health to politics, says, “only years later did we realize there are huge, huge consequences” There’s an oft-quoted saying about tech companies: If you aren’t paying for the product, you Read full Article

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You’ve probably heard at least two things about the gig economy. First, that it’s big. In 2019, roughly one-in-10 workers in the UK earns a living in the gig economy. In the US, the equivalent figure is an estimated 8%. Earlier this year, there was a pan-African survey that showed that 1. Read full Article

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What does the future look like for humans and machines? Elon Musk would argue that it involves wiring brains directly up to computers – but neuroscientists tell Inverse that’s easier said than done. Read full Article

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Global business travel has largely ground to a halt during the pandemic. Read full Article

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Looking at Big Tech as the next Big Oil. On Wednesday, the US House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from four titans of tech: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google’s Sundar Pichai, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple’s Tim Cook. Read full Article

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We worship efficiency. Use less to get more. Same-day delivery. Multitask; text on one device while emailing on a second, and perhaps conversing on a third. Efficiency is seen as good. Inefficiency as wasteful. There’s a sound rationale for thinking this way. Read full Article

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Two years earlier, in Hamburg, Johanna’s husband Heinrich Floris had been discovered dead in the canal behind their family compound. It is possible that he slipped and fell, but Arthur suspected that his father jumped out of the warehouse loft into the icy waters below. Johanna did not disagree. Read full Article

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In June 2019, Facebook’s AI lab, FAIR, released AI Habitat, a new simulation platform for training AI agents. It allowed agents to explore various realistic virtual environments, like a furnished apartment or cubicle-filled office. Read full Article

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Jeff Bezos shared some advice on entrepreneurial decision-making on Thursday, saying he made all his best decisions based on instinct, not analysis. He also repeated a previous mantra that Amazon’s secret sauce is “obsessive compulsive” focus on the consumer, rather than its competitors. Read full Article

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Long before coronavirus appeared and shattered our pre-existing “normal,” the future of work was a widely discussed and debated topic. Read full Article

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People have searched for sex differences in human brains since at least the 19th century, when scientist Samuel George Morton poured seeds and lead shot into human skulls to measure their volumes. Read full Article

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Xi Jinping is using artificial intelligence to enhance his government’s totalitarian control—and he’s exporting this technology to regimes around the globe. Read full Article

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I’m Azeem Azhar. I convene Exponential View to help us understand how our societies and political economy will change under the force of rapidly accelerating technologies. 🦠 These models show how the pandemic could evolve over the months and years to come. Read full Article

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You won’t want to miss our next DealBook Debrief call, where we will discuss racial injustice and corporate America with special guest Nikole Hannah-Jones, The Times’s domestic correspondent and creator of The 1619 Project. Read full Article

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A simple pair of sunglasses that projects holographic icons. A smartwatch that has a digital screen but analog hands. A temporary tattoo that, when applied to your skin, transforms your body into a living touchpad. Read full Article

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I used to joke with friends that Silicon Valley was done disrupting taxi companies and that we were going after God next. On my summer mostly away from social media I’m taking a fresh look at predictions I’ve made for the last two decades in four separate books. Read full Article

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On Wednesday, lawmakers squared off with the chief executives of the tech industry’s four most powerful players, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Read full Article

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