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Newsweek
19 min read
Tech

Freedom From Choice: How Big Data Manipulates Voters

The opening chords of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” rocked a hotel ballroom in New York City as a nattily dressed British man strode onstage several weeks before last fall’s U.S. election. I see the bad moon rising, I see trouble on the way The speaker, Alexander Nix, an Eton man, was very much among his own kind—global elites with names like Buffett, Soros, Brokaw, Pickens, Petraeus and Blair. Trouble was indeed on the way for some of the attendees at the annual summit of policymakers and philanthropists whose world order was about to be wrecked by the American election. B
Newsweek
10 min read
Tech

AI Will Cure America's Sick Health Care System

For decades, technology has relentlessly made phones, laptops, apps and entire industries cheaper and better—while health care has stubbornly loitered in an alternate universe where tech makes everything more expensive and more complex. Now startups are applying artificial intelligence (AI), floods of data and automation in ways that promise to dramatically drive down the costs of health care while increasing effectiveness. If this profound trend plays out, within five to 10 years, Congress won’t have to fight about the exploding costs of Medicaid and insurance. Instead, it might battle over
The New York Times
5 min read
Tech

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas. Every few months, a dumb startup will make the news — most recently the one selling a $700 juicer — and folks outside the tech industry will begin saying “I told you so.” But do not be fooled by expensive juice. The idea that Silicon Valley no longer funds big things is not just wrong, but also obtuse and fairly dangerous. Look at the cars, the rockets, the internet-beaming balloons and gliders, the voice assistants, drones, augmented and virtual reality devices, and many permutations of artific
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It’s time to power down…

Facebook and phone games are addicting, but it’s hard to see how much they’ve shifted our behavior personally and societally. Alter makes connections between drug addictions and tech ones, and provides advice on how to overcome constantly checking emails to form meaningful IRL relationships once again.