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Face It, Meatsack: Pro Gamer Will Be the Only Job Left

Look at economic data closely and the trends aren’t pretty: People with elite backgrounds are hoovering up an increasing share of new income and wealth. Automation is obviating more and more jobs. In the years to come, we’ll need new … Continue reading

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The Internet Gave Us Milo. The Internet Can Take Him Away

What becomes of an internet troll with a rapidly shrinking island on the internet to call home? Milo Yiannopoulos is about to find out. This weekend, a conservative group called the Reagan Battalion shared a video on Twitter in which … Continue reading

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Under Pressure to Prove Its Ads Actually Work, Google Opens Up

Google rules search and excels at turning your searches into ad revenue. Its ability to convince people that its way of advertising is best helped make it the world’s second most valuable company. But the ad industry is starting to doubt … Continue reading

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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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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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