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If you’ve impacted me in a positive way, there’s a good chance I’ve sent you a thank you note. Given how sensitive and deeply moved by things like social generosity I am, my love for the out-of-the-blue thank you is unsurprising. …


By Josephine Chu

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As the world continues to mourn the loss of Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, his family released a heartbreaking statement that seems to reveal the reason behind his sudden death.

Alluding to an apparent suicide, Bergling’s family explained that he was a “sensitive guy” who adored his fans but struggled with finding meaning and happiness in his life in the spotlight. They called him an “over-achieving perfectionist” whose life as a touring musician caused him “extreme stress.”

“He could not go on any longer,” the statement read. “He wanted to find peace.”

Multiple sources close to the Swedish DJ also told TMZ that Bergling took his own life. …


By Josephine Chu

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Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival

The idea that artificial intelligence will influence the future of our romantic lives has been explored many times on the silver screen.

But what distinguishes Zoe, the centerpiece screening at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, is its focus on advanced technologies as a potential solution to our global epidemic of loneliness. Director Drake Doremus makes the case that AI can provide some relief from social isolation in our not-so-distant future.

For example, the film opens on a research lab that aims to improve lives by improving relationships. Not only does the company generate reports that tell couples the probability of a successful partnership, it also creates robot companions for people seeking intimacy. These robots, called “synthetics,” are essentially indistinguishable from humans. …

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