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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://splinternews.com/has-tinder-really-ushered-in-a-dating-apocalypse-hint-1793849945
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Splinter
We’re in the midst of a “dating apocalypse,” if one is to believe a recent article by Vanity Fair journalist Nancy Jo Sales, a terrible time in which apps like Tinder have disrupted the basic nature of human courtship and turned us all into sex-crazed commitment-phobes.
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https://www.cjr.org/analysis/right_richter_trump_breitbart.php
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Columbia Journalism Review
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https://www.economist.com/business/2020/06/18/how-slow-times-in-the-luxury-world-will-separate-the-bling-from-the-chaff
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The Economist
Posh purveyors are having to rethink their business model in a hurry
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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/07/empathic-ai-could-be-the-next-stage-in-human-evolution-if-we-get-it-right/
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World Economic Forum
Our emotional brain has had little help from technology to-date - but AI has the power to change that. Here's why designing more empathic, human-centred AI presents the largest opportunity for human and societal advancement in the modern era.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohmajJTcpNk
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Matthias Niessner
CVPR 2016 Paper Video (Oral)Project Page: http://niessnerlab.org/projects/thies2016face.htmlIMPORTANT NOTE:This demo video is purely research-focused and we ...
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https://theconversation.com/how-artificial-intelligence-can-save-journalism-137544
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The Conversation
Journalism is not keeping pace with the evolution of new technologies. Newsrooms need to take advantage of what AI can offer and come up with a new business model.
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2019/07/01/65601/machine-learning-has-been-used-to-automatically-translate-long-lost-languages/
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MIT Technology Review
In 1886, the British archaeologist Arthur Evans came across an ancient stone bearing a curious set of inscriptions in an unknown language. The stone came from the Mediterranean island of Crete, and Evans immediately traveled there to hunt for more evidence. He quickly found numerous stones and tablets bearing similar scripts and dated them from…
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qC5KtatMcUw&feature=youtu.be
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Unreal Engine
Unreal Engine 5 empowers artists to achieve unprecedented levels of detail and interactivity, and brings these capabilities within practical reach of teams o...
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https://www.businessinsider.com/china-one-child-policy-implications-women-children-2018-7?r=US&amp%3BIR=T
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Business Insider
After scrapping the "one-child policy" in 2016, China had hoped a baby boom would hit but women still aren't having children. Chinese provinces are now offering baby bonuses, wedding subsidies, and extra maternity and miscarriage prevention leave to lure women into parenthood.
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https://www.salon.com/control/2016/06/03/marriage_may_be_obsolete_fewer_couples_are_getting_hitched_than_ever_before_partner/
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Salon
A little over half of adults in the U.S. say they're living with a spouse, the lowest share on record. What gives?
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https://psmag.com/social-justice/when-online-friendships-are-more-honest-than-offline-ones
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Pacific Standard
When we are suffering, sometimes the best friends and the most confessional discussions can be found online.
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https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-set-to-break-own-record-on-worlds-lowest-birth-rate
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Straits Times
SEOUL (BLOOMBERG) - The record for the world's lowest fertility rate looks set to be re-written in 2019 by South Korea, again.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/annehelenpetersen/decade-celebrity-gossip-tabloids-paparazzi-social-media
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Buzzfeed
In 2010, celebrities were beholden to swarms of paparazzi and the ever-present threat of TMZ. A decade later, they’re back in control.
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https://psmag.com/magazine/radical-efforts-to-end-homelessness-old-sick-and-on-the-street#.365b34wus
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Pacific Standard
A sagging economy, a complex job market, and a lack of social programs have led to an increase in the number of elderly people living—and dying—on the streets.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/opinion/cancel-culture-.html
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The New York Times
What we talk about when we talk about “cancellation.”
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https://medium.com/backchannel/even-william-gibson-cant-out-imagine-reality-a04ce555c567
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Medium
William Gibson may be the most famous science fiction author alive today, yet he has a low opinion of his profession’s impact. “No imaginary science fiction future has anything to do with what the…
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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/12/style/joy-of-missing-out-summer.html
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The New York Times
What’s happening? Who cares. Meet JOMO, FOMO’s benevolent younger cousin.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aLEu1lx8bg
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Vice
For the first time in centuries, young women in Japan are turning away from marriage and relationships. With more Japanese women entering the workforce, earn...
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-03/myanmar-telling-women-when-they-can-have-babies-risks-new-strife
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Bloomberg
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https://www.wired.com/story/opinion-big-music-needs-to-be-broken-up-to-save-the-industry/
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Wired
A year without live music has been a disaster. So has corporate power in streaming, recording, and ticketing. Antitrust may be the only solution.