Culture

Growth of online connectivity shaping cultures around the world; diversity of all kinds gaining new influence; the fusion of ideas and perspectives—this page covers the trends and news that will influence culture into the future.

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https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/25/15690578/baidu-deep-voice-2-text-to-speech
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The Verge
There is a renaissance happening in the world of artificial intelligence. Using deep learning, researchers are producing systems that can recognize objects, understand spoken language, and even...
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https://www.inverse.com/article/49925-marijuana-is-legal-in-canada-on-october-17
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Inverse
"It could be more of a Big Brother situation than it's ever been before."
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https://news.ki.se/behaviour-is-considered-more-moral-the-more-common-it-is
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Karolinska Institute
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https://www.inverse.com/innovation/whatsapp-fake-news
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Inverse
Fake news has exploded during coronavirus, spreading on smartphones with rapid speed. This chatbot will stalk WhatsApp for fake news and give readers the truth.
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https://www.embedded-computing.com/hardware/the-ongoing-challenges-of-mobile-vr-ar-mr
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Embedded Computing Design
How has the picture changed after one year? We saw progress, but more incremental than ground-breaking. There are still significant barriers in true hardware mobility, user experience and cost.
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https://www.socialmediatoday.com/news/google-rolls-out-real-time-translation-in-multiple-languages-for-google-tra/574358/
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Social Media Today
Social Media Today
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https://www.ted.com/talks/anjan_chatterjee_how_your_brain_decides_what_is_beautiful
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TED
Anjan Chatterjee uses tools from evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study one of nature's most captivating concepts: beauty. Learn more about the science behind why certain configurations of line, color and form excite us in this fascinating, deep look inside your brain.
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https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/3/16084248/patreon-profile-jack-conte-crowdfunding-art-politics-culture
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The Verge
In 2013, Peter Hollens was an aspiring a cappella singer surviving, in his words, by living on ramen in someone else’s house. Hollens was hardly new to the music business; he’d been a record...
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https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/19/crisis-of-statistics-big-data-democracy
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The Guardian
The Long Read: The ability of statistics to accurately represent the world is declining. In its wake, a new age of big data controlled by private companies is taking over  and putting democracy in peril
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https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/06/09/george-floyd-is-remembered-around-the-world
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The Economist
His death inspired a movement in America, and may do so elsewhere too
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https://www.wired.com/story/new-erotics-coronavirus-isolation/
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Wired
Global lockdown is making shameless kink seekers of us all.
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https://population.un.org/wpp/publications/files/key_findings_wpp_2015.pdf
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United Nations
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https://www.factor-tech.com/connected-world/19609-sending-vr-cameras-into-space-will-create-a-transformational-cultural-shift-for-humanity/
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Factor
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https://www.alternet.org/2016/06/millennials-perfect-fit-socialism/
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Alternet
Capitalism has only itself to blame, forcing millennials to look for an alternative.
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https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/chinas-risky-return-nationalism-politics-social-stability
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Stratfor
While intended to safeguard its power, Beijing's renewed nationalist agenda risks leaving it with less room to govern and more enemies to contend with.
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https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/05/oculus-teases-its-next-vr-prototype-moving-lenses-finger-tracking-wider-fov/
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Arstechnica
"Half Dome" prototype details trickle out during Facebook's F8 Developer Conference.
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https://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/casual-sex-everyone-is-doing-it
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The New Yorker
Maria Konnikova on Zhana Vrangalova, whose Casual Sex Project explores encounters that occur outside the norms of committed relationships.
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https://aeon.co/essays/do-people-have-a-moral-duty-to-have-children-if-they-can
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Aeon
Your decision about whether to procreate is serious. That makes it philosophy’s business, alarming as that might sound
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http://sappingattention.blogspot.com/2014/12/fundamental-plot-arcs-seen-through.html
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Sapping Attention
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https://www.spin.com/2018/08/warner-music-uproxx-acquisition-integration/
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Spin
A major record label outright owning a publication with a prominent music focus is new territory.
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https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/8/18170806/google-assistant-translate-languages-real-time-interpreter-ces-2019?amp%3Bamp%3Bamp%3B=
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The Verge
Google Assistant will soon be able to act as your real-life translator in 27 different languages. Google announced today that the voice assistant is getting a new "interpreter mode" that can translate in real time so you can hold conversations with someone who doesn’t share the same tongue. It works, but it’s not magic.