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Big Tech Is Subtly Controlling Our Lives — and We Need to Fight Back

Big Tech’s influence on culture and society was first predicted nearly 70 years ago by French thinker Jacques Ellul. In his 1954 book “The Technological Society,” Ellul argued that tech would have a tyrannical effect on humankind, and he blamed the problem on “technique” — the methods that bring about “absolute efficiency in every field of human activity.” Read More ›
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Abstract 3D wireframe neural cells and network
Abstract 3D wireframe neural cells and network

The National Science Foundation and Advancement in Artificial Intelligence

Early in his career, IEEE fellow and retired National Science Foundation program director Paul Werbos developed the neural network training algorithm known as error backpropagation, which has been foundational to the vast majority of today's advances in artificial intelligence. Read More ›
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The Secret Scheme of Screens

Our obsession today with screens is, often unintentionally, taking us to places we regret. We use these windows into the world for hours every day, often unaware how intentional content creators and app designers are in shaping our decisions and forming harmful habits. Read More ›
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Everybody Hates Facebook

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen and Facebook itself share a vocabulary that reflects current sensibilities. They both talk about making Facebook “safe” — as proofs of the social media giants’ role in making America uglier pop up daily. Read More ›
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Photo of Joyful Fitness Woman 30s in Sportswear Touching Bluetooth Earpod and Holding Mobile Phone, While Resting in Green Park
Photo of Joyful Fitness Woman 30s in Sportswear Touching Bluetooth Earpod and Holding Mobile Phone, While Resting in Green Park

Bluetooth Trackers: What We Lose When We Stop Losing Things

To live is to lose. We’ve all felt the anguish of losing something important — keys, wallet, phone, bags, money, opportunities, loved ones. Loss is part of the human condition. Read More ›