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In the late summer of 1954, a brilliant young psychologist was reading the newspaper when his eye fell on a strange headline on the back page: prophecy from planet clarion call to city: flee that flood.it’ll swamp us on dec 21,outer space tells suburbanite. His interest piqued, the psychologist, whose name was Leon Festinger, read …

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The tech industry is growing up—literally. The post Skyscrapers Overtake Suburban Sprawl as Tech’s Towering Status Symbol appeared first on WIRED. Source link

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By now, it is pretty well understood that we regularly pay for things in ways other than using money. Sometimes we pay still with cash. But we also pay for things with data, and more often, with our time and attention. We effectively hand over access to our minds in exchange for something “free,” like email, …

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Emergency responders in northern Texas watch as an imaginary crisis takes over their social media feeds. A mass shooting has broken out at a music festival, they learn, and a terrorist organization is taking credit. The shooters livestreamed the entire grisly scene, and news outlets are already picking up the story. Word of the tragedy …

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It’s the most San Francisco scene in San Francisco. A dude with a guitar and a dude with a scooter stand at a Mission District bus stop. Next to them, someone has laid out fishing rods for sale. Behind them, a white semi-autonomous delivery robot, looking not unlike a rolling dishwasher, hesitates behind the crowd …

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Getty Images Online advertising is terrible. Ads clutter your screen, slow down your computer, and drain your batteries. Publishers saddle pages with tracking technology that vacuums up your data so they can, ostensibly, serve you more relevant ads (though this practice really just leads to serious privacy concerns). Sometimes ads even try to install malware …

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Building a billion-dollar startup in a few years doesn’t exactly breed patience. But techies are finding there’s no one hack for political change. The post Tech Alone Won’t Be Enough to Reboot Progressive Politics appeared first on WIRED. Source link

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Getty Images Making arguments like the poor “just don’t want healthcare,” Congressional Republicans are threatening to tear down America’s social safety net. The GOP’s actions ignore the fact that a strong safety net is vital to helping workers weather upcoming labor market disruptions from automation in transportation and other sectors. Automation can offer many advantages—increased …

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What an AI cannot create, it does not understand. The post Google’s Dueling Neural Networks Spar to Get Smarter, No Humans Required appeared first on WIRED. Source link

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The deal is yet another sign that Microsoft is a very different company than it was just three years ago. The post Ever Heard of the Startup Deis? Well, Microsoft Certainly Did appeared first on WIRED. Source link

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