Your pension fund could be invested in tech

The money pool comes from universities, government entities and ultimately, you.
Universities investing in venture capital use endowments — that thing that funds scholarships. Above, a student walks near Royce Hall at the University of California, Los Angeles.
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The economics of future technology ... explained with comics

Oct 17, 2017
Kelly and Zach Weinersmith investigate the not-too-distant future in “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.”
 Comic from “Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.”

Will AI eventually let us enhance our own brains?

Oct 11, 2017
The economics of superintelligence and the workplace.
An AILA, or Artificial Intelligence Lightweight Android presses switches on a panel it recognizes.

88 percent of US students now have fast internet in their classrooms. Here’s why.

Sep 20, 2017
Four years ago, less than 10 percent of U.S. students had adequate internet bandwidth in their classrooms, based on Federal Communications Commission standards. Today, 88 percent do, according to a report out this week from nonprofit EducationSuperHighway. How did the digital divide get narrowed so quickly?  Click the audio player above to hear the full […]

Cloudflare's CEO wants to talk about who censors the internet

Matthew Prince terminated the account of extremist website The Daily Stormer, but he's still worried about censorship.
Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, says the company has tried to be neutral.
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Fighting terrorism online

Aug 4, 2017
Social media companies are struggling — trying to walk a fine line between cracking down on propaganda from terrorist organizations like ISIS, which are sophisticated at using social media, without trampling free speech.
Today's generation likes information that can be consumed quickly.

Internet restrictions make doing business harder in China

Jul 31, 2017
Many popular internet sites are blocked for users of the state network in China — Google, YouTube and more. Some users, many of them business users, employ a VPN, a virtual personal network, to get around that “Great Firewall.” In a crackdown on unregistered VPNs, China has persuaded Apple to pull all major VPN services […]

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With a content library valued at $12 billion, Netflix’s long-term strategy may be paying off

Jul 17, 2017
Netflix has been ahead of its competitors in creating original content.

How the FBI is functioning on the ground, even as leadership shifts

Jul 14, 2017
“We have not missed a beat, we won’t miss a beat," says the Phoenix bureau's agent in charge.
Michael DeLeon is special agent in charge of the FBI Phoenix division.
Jimmy Jenkins

Women who left tech jobs were sexually harassed and passed over for promotions, report says

Jul 13, 2017
"Women experience significantly more unfairness than men,” the lead researcher says.
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