Any sufficiently advanced totalitarianism is indistinguishable from Facebook

Gamification doesn’t need to be enjoyable to be effective. You’re more likely to cheat on your taxes than to walk barefoot into a bank, even if it’s summer and your feet hurt. That’s because we don’t just care about how bad the consequences of something could be, but also how certain they are to happen, […]

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Fire ants, including two queens, make way to Kyoto via China – The Japan Times

The Japan Times Fire ants, including two queens, make way to Kyoto via ChinaThe Japan TimesKYOTO – Nearly 2,000 fire ants have been discovered in Kyoto in a shipping container that arrived from China, local authorities said Saturday. The ants, including two queens, were found Thursday along with eggs and pupae in a warehouse in […]

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BigData4SmartEnergy 2018 : The First International Workshop on Big Data Analysis for Smart Energy

CALL FOR PAPERS The First International Workshop on Big Data Analysis for Smart Energy (BigData4SmartEnergy 2018) January 15, 2018, Shanghai, China http://ift.tt/2xIZ90q In conjunction with the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Smart Computing (IEEE BigComp2018) [PURPOSE AND SCOPE] AI-based smart energy deals with the challenges of using big data and AI techniques […]

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When Should We Edit Human Genes? What You Need to Know

There’s a difference between editing genes in a person’s somatic cells and germline cells. Editing somatic cells, which are differentiated (e.g., skin cells) and non-reproductive, impacts them alone. In contrast, editing germline DNA means changes are passed along to the next generation during reproduction. It’s no minor distinction. Right now, the cautious consensus around gene […]

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Bots on social media threaten democracy. But we are not helpless | Sam Wooley and Marina Gorbis

Can social bots – pieces of software that perform automated tasks – influence humans on social media platforms? That’s a question Congressional investigators are asking social media companies ever since fears emerged that they were deployed in 2016 to influence the presidential election. Half a decade ago we were among a handful of researchers who […]

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Collective Intelligence Is the Root of Human Progress

Many of us intuitively think about intelligence as an individual trait. As a society, we have a tendency to praise individual game-changers for accomplishments that would not be possible without their teams, often tens of thousands of people that work behind the scenes to make extraordinary things happen. Matt Ridley, best-selling author of multiple books, […]

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