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When Apps Get Too Human, They Tumble into the Uncanny Valley

I recently returned from a vacation to find that Google’s algorithms had created a customized slide show of my trip. I hadn’t asked for one. But the company’s software robots apparently noticed I’d traveled somewhere and taken a flurry of … Continue reading

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An AI Hedge Fund Created a New Currency to Make Wall Street Work Like Open Source

Wall Street is a competition, a Darwinian battle for the almighty dollar. Gordon Gekko said that greed is good, that it captures “the essence of the evolutionary spirit.” A hedge fund hunts for an edge and then maniacally guards it, … Continue reading

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Tech Still Doesn’t Take Discrimination Seriously

The tech industry isn’t big on dress codes, employee handbooks, or rules. The Silicon Valley management philosophy is simple: Hire talented coders, give them tools to do their jobs, and get out of their way. The best coders should be … Continue reading

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Robots Will Soon Do Your Taxes. Bye-Bye, Accounting Jobs

Tax season has arrived, as the Super Bowl recently reminded us: In the first half alone, two commercials encouraged viewers to trust computers to do our taxes, the first from H&R Block with its new partner Watson, and the second … Continue reading

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Cybercrime is on the Rise – Stay One Step Ahead with these Useful Hints and Tips

 Source: Cyber Crime Solutions via Facebook With the high street winding up, the era of ultra-convenient online shopping appears to be at hand. But there are still a few bugs to be ironed out. As with any innovation, new rules … Continue reading

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How Tech Campuses Hinder Diversity and Help Gentrification

Silicon Valley tech companies love to build super awesome campuses that their employees will never want to leave. Those college-like idylls are surefire crucibles for disruption. In-house catering, coffee shops, laundry services, nap rooms, and a slew of other perks … Continue reading

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The Sad Way Trump’s War with CNN Could Keep Cable Cheaper

This week, President Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner reportedly met with Time Warner executives to complain about CNN’s coverage of the president. Any visit from a White House official seeking to stifle journalists is disturbing. But Time Warner, … Continue reading

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Machine Learning Invades the Real World on Internet Balloons

Astro Teller knows how to draw attention. As the director of X, aka the “moonshoot factory,” he famously navigates the Google campus on rollerblades, even indoors. He was wearing his rollerblades on Thursday when he glided into a roomful of … Continue reading

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Answer to a World Divided by Facebook Is More Facebook

When I ask Mark Zuckerberg if the presidential election changed the way he sees Facebook—if he made poor assumptions, if Facebook functioned in ways he didn’t intend—he pauses. I’ve interviewed Zuckerberg before, and he tends to pause like this, gathering … Continue reading

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What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

This story is part of our special coverage, The News in Crisis. When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa’s 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped into action, covering … Continue reading

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