People say they care about privacy but buy devices that can spy on them anyway

People say they care about privacy but buy devices that can spy on them anyway

Experts explain why people are giving mixed signals about smart tech. Many of us are in unhealthy relationships — with tech companies. The makers of some our most omnipresent technology like Google, Facebook, and Amazon have continually jeopardized user trust by tracking or sharing data they weren’t supposed to, either on purpose or through hacks. And yet, incident after incident, we keep them at the center of our digital lives. A new smart device survey…

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The rapid development of AI has benefits — and poses serious risks

The rapid development of AI has benefits — and poses serious risks

Investing in AI safety could help ward off a big threat to humanity.  In the past decade, the AI revolution has kicked into high gear. Artificial intelligence is playing strategy games, writing news articles, folding proteins, and teaching grandmasters new moves in Go. AI systems determine what you’ll see in a Google search or in your Facebook Newsfeed. They are being developed to improve drone targeting and detect missiles. But there’s another way the field…

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Doris Day was a conservative icon amid a turbulent counterculture. But her life belied her persona.

Doris Day was a conservative icon amid a turbulent counterculture. But her life belied her persona.

Doris Day, dead at 97, made a paradoxical, patriarchal ideal of womanhood look effortless. Doris Day, who has died at 97 in her home in California, was a movie star unique even among other movie stars of her era. Her brand of effortless charm and wholesome femininity made her the embodiment of the ideal woman during the late ’50s and early ’60s. She was simultaneously virginal yet sexy, career-focused yet domestic, elegant yet approachable; she…

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All those rewards apps on your phone are a prime target for hackers

All those rewards apps on your phone are a prime target for hackers

Dunkin’ Donuts, Marriott, and other big brands have had their rewards apps compromised recently. I was recently conned into downloading a rewards app for a ramen place I go to at most once a year. A sign in the restaurant informed me that I could get a free seasoned egg, or maybe even a noodle refill, once I spent a certain amount of money and hit a certain number of points. This is apparently all…

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