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Is the world getting better or worse? Both, it seems. In January 2018, Time ran a cover story called “The Optimists,” in which the issue’s guest editor, Bill Gates, reported that things are on the whole improving. Read full Article

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We can see evidence of the phenomenal power of the human mind all around us, in literature, architecture, science and much else besides. Read full Article

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How new technologies and ancient remedies are transforming health care Read full Article

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Durham Constabulary has been developing an algorithm to better predict the risk posed by offenders and to ensure that only the most “suitable” are granted police bail. Read full Article

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Citizens in developed countries are not terribly frightened that artificial intelligence and robots will take their jobs. But they do realize AI is coming, and want more help updating their skills. Read full Article

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Today’s titans of tech and finance want to solve the world’s problems, as long as the solutions never, ever threaten their own wealth and power. By A successful society is a progress machine. It takes in the raw material of innovations and produces broad human advancement. Read full Article

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Governments and companies worldwide are investing heavily in artificial intelligence in hopes of new profits, smarter gadgets, and better health care. Read full Article

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When Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old school administrator in Tokyo, strolled down the aisle in a white tuxedo in November, his mother was not among the 40 well-wishers in attendance. For her, he said, “it was not something to celebrate.” You might see why. Read full Article

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Most organizations around the world are running on an “operating system” that’s not working. Many of us take it for granted, but it’s out of sync with today’s business environment. It’s based on misconceptions and outdated assumptions that stifle creativity and threaten performance. Read full Article

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There is no denying that we are well into the swing of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Read full Article

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We’re living through the most profound transformation in our information environment since Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of printing in circa 1439. And the problem with living through a revolution is that it’s impossible to take the long view of what’s happening. Read full Article

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WE SOMETIMES FORGET that, at the turn of the century, Silicon Valley was in a funk, economic and psychic. The great dot-com bubble of the 1990s had imploded, destroying vast amounts of investment capital along with the savings of many Americans. Trophy startups like Pets. Read full Article

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Yellow vests: High-viz, high-profile, high anxiety Read full Article

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To those seeking true intelligence, autonomy, and control among machines, the domain of analog computing, not digital computing, is the place to look. Read full Article

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The other day, as I slogged through e-mail at work, my phone lit up: “Hey, just thought of you!” I wrote back that I was having difficulty sleeping lately, and we talked about the benefits of setting aside 20 minutes of “worry time” every evening to inventory my anxieties. Read full Article

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Artificial intelligence is cast all at once as the technology that will save the world and end it. Read full Article

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It was the year that technology — and the people who create it — seemingly could do no right, and did much that was wrong. As one of my sources put it in a… Read full Article

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In the most watched TED talk of all time, educationalist Sir Ken Robinson FRSA claims that “schools kill creativity”, arguing that “we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather we get educated out of it”. Read full Article

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Artificial intelligence is everywhere but it is considered in a wholly ahistorical way. To understand the impact AI will have on our lives, it is vital to appreciate the context in which the field was established. Read full Article

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The concept of a guaranteed income is not new. In 1795, a group of magistrates in the English village of Speenhamland devised a plan to alleviate rural inequality caused by rising grain prices.1 Poor men and their families received wage supplements to cope with the inflated costs of living. Read full Article

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