The Matrix is already here: Social media promised to connect us, but left us isolated, scared and tribal

The more you like, follow and share, the faster you find yourself moving in that political direction.

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About a year ago I began to follow my interest in health and fitness on Instagram. Soon I began to see more and more fitness-related accounts, groups, posts and ads.
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Learn AI and data science with Python for less than $40

These nine courses introduce you to the future of programming.

  • Python is one of the world's most popular general-purpose programming languages.
  • Programmers love Python's features, including clear code with significant use of whitespace.
  • Python is often used in fields like AI, artificial neural networks, and data science.
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Using multiple devices at once is causing your memory to fail, study finds

A Stanford study explores the effect of multitasking on memory in young adults.

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  • The study explores the effect on memory of media multitasking as one's attention flits from place to place onscreen.
  • Participants' focus was tracked by observation of their pupil size and brain activity.
  • Remembering something is less likely when you're not really paying attention to your experience with it.
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How cybercrime has evolved since the pandemic hit

Opportunistic agility is running rampant among hackers and scammers.

  • McAfee's user base has been seeing an average of 375 new threats per minute during the pandemic.
  • Once everyone got situated in their home offices and their company's security teams started taking the appropriate measures, how did the attackers adjust?
  • Ransomware on cloud servers, hijack attempts on IoT gadgets and business email compromise (BEC) attacks increased in volume as well as sophistication over the course of Q3 2020.
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Will America’s disregard for science be the end of its reign?

Confirmation bias is baked into the DNA of America, but it may soon be the nation's undoing.

  • From America's inception, there has always been a rebellious, anti-establishment mentality. That way of thinking has become more reckless now that the entire world is interconnected and there are added layers of verification (or repudiation) of facts.
  • As the great minds in this video can attest, there are systems and mechanisms in place to discern between opinion and truth. By making conscious efforts to undermine and ignore those systems at every turn (climate change, conspiracy theories, coronavirus, politics, etc.), America has compromised its position of power and effectively stunted its own growth.
  • A part of the problem, according to writer and radio host Kurt Andersen, is a new media infrastructure that allows for false opinions to persist and spread to others. Is it the beginning of the end of the American empire?

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