Doteveryone reading lists 13.1.17
Interesting news, articles and opinions that Doteveryone staff have discovered this week. Reading for everyone.
Moral panic over fake news hides the real enemy — the digital giants
Democracy is drowning in fake news. This is the latest reassuring conclusion drawn by those on the losing side of 2016, from Brexit to the US elections to the Italian referendum.
In Britain, more than half of 12- to 15-year-olds are on Instagram, according to OfCom, the country’s communications regulator.
Tim Wu: ‘The internet is like the classic story of the party that went sour’
The influential tech thinker has charted the history of the attention industry: enterprises that harvest our attention to sell to advertisers.
AI in the public interest: How a new fund will advance the ethics of artificial intelligence
Even when we don’t know it, artificial intelligence affects virtually every aspect of our modern lives. Technology and commerce will ensure it will impact every society on earth.
The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news
Imagine, for a moment, the technology of 2017 had existed on Jan. 11, 1964 — the day Luther Terry, surgeon general of the United States, released “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States.”
Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative
Technological change demands stronger and more continuous connections between education and employment, says Andrew Palmer. The faint outlines of such a system are now emerging.
Data from wearables can predict disease
Smartwatch data can be used to detect and even predict disease, researchers say. This is good news for people betting on the potential of smartwatches to improve health beyond encouraging us to move more.
When Robots Take All of Our Jobs, Remember the Luddites
Fully 47 percent of all U.S. jobs will be automated “in a decade or two,” as the tech-employment scholars Carl Frey and Michael Osborne have predicted. That’s because artificial intelligence and robotics are becoming so good that nearly any routine task could soon be automated.