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Facebook is hiring 3000 new content monitors for a job AI cannot do

May 5, 2017 - 08:48 -- Admin

Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is hiring 3,000 people to work on its community operations team, which reviews images, videos, and posts that users report. These new hires will join the 4,500 existing employees in an effort to minimize the reach of future events like the shooting of Robert Goodwin. It's a considerable-but-essential investment for Facebook, but it leads us to a basic question: Can't this job be automated?

Stephen Hawking says we have 100 years to colonize a new planet—or die. Could we do it?

May 5, 2017 - 08:48 -- Admin

Stephen Hawking is making apocalyptic predictions again. The respected theoretical physicist warns that humanity needs to become a multi-planetary species within the next century if we don't want to go extinct. Last year, he prophesied that we had maybe 1,000 years left on Earth, and the inspiration for this newly-urgent timeline is unclear—except for the fact that Hawking's new documentary about colonizing Mars is coming out soon.

Pillsy is the latest smart pill bottle trying to solve a massive healthcare problem

May 5, 2017 - 08:48 -- Admin

It's a big deal when people don't take the medications prescribed to them. In fact, studies estimate that patients failing to pop their pills—a problem known as non-adherence or noncompliance— costs the American health care system as much as $289 billion each year, and leads to roughly 10 percent of hospitilizations.

Net neutrality is under threat (again). Here's why you should care

May 4, 2017 - 12:13 -- Admin

The internet is an entirely human phenomenon. It is a an unfathomably vast interconnected sea of computers that hold roughly the entire sum of human knowledge to this point. It's as available to the wealthiest billionaire as it is to the kid on library WiFi, browsing on his cheap Android phone. What keeps the internet open and equal is a principle called “net neutrality,” which is as much a technological tool as an economic argument and a moral stance.