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Limiting social media use reduced loneliness and depression in new experiment
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The idea that social media can be harmful to our mental and emotional well-being is not a new one, but little has been done by researchers to directly measure the effect; surveys and correlative studies are at best suggestive. A new experimental study out of Penn State, however, directly links more social media use to […]

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Furhat Robotics gives AI a face with its new social robot
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Voice assistants have their benefits, but it can be a bit weird to talk to a faceless robot voice all day. Stockholm-based technology startup Furhat Robotics is putting a face to our interactions with AI with Furhat, a social robot that is capable of…

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MIT's BeeMe Giant Social Experiment Puts a Human Under Internet Control
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This Halloween scientists at MIT’s Media Lab are embarking on a massive social experiment. From a report: Called BeeMe, the project will let internet users control a real human actor, suggesting, and collectively voting on, this person’s every action. New Atlas reached out to Niccolo Pescetelli, one of the creators behind the experiment, to find […]

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Social intelligence platforms Brandwatch and Crimson Hexagon tp merge
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Brandwatch — the UK-HQ’d social intelligence company which raised $65M from European VCs Nauta Capital, Highland Europe and Partech — is to merge with another leading player in the space, Crimson Hexagon. The merger, expected to close in Q4, will (say the companies) create a business with around $100M in recurring annual revenues. The merged […]

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Solve, MIT’s take on social innovation challenges, may be different enough to work
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Since McKinsey released a report on how best to use prizes to incentivize innovation nearly a decade ago, an entire industry has grown around social innovation challenges. The formula for these “save the world” competitions has become standard. Drum up a lot of buzz around an award. Partner with big names to get funding and […]

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Egypt's New Law Targets Social Media, Journalists For 'Fake News'
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Egypt’s parliament passed a law Monday giving the state powers to block social media users and penalize journalists for publishing fake news. “Under the law passed on Monday social media accounts and blogs with more than 5,000 followers on sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be treated as media outlets, which makes them subject […]

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The Best Defense Against Fake News in Social Media
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IBM just showcased Project Debater, and it just won against a top human debater using actual facts. We need the production version of this tool yesterday. Fake news is getting worse. We have always had issues with politicians and con artists trying to convince us down is up and to get us to do things […]

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Contractor hoped to sell social media surveillance to oppressive regimes
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Western companies are still interested in selling surveillance tools to governments that could easily abuse them. The Intercept claims to have leaked documents suggesting that Circinus, the defense contractor run by Trump fundraiser Elliott Broidy,…

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Social Media Copies Gambling Methods 'To Create Psychological Cravings'
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Social media platforms are using the same techniques as gambling firms to create psychological dependencies and ingrain their products in the lives of their users, experts warn. From a report: These methods are so effective they can activate similar mechanisms as cocaine in the brain, create psychological cravings and even invoke “phantom calls and notifications” […]

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