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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies, Human condition

    Simina Mistreanu, "Life Inside China’s Social Credit Laboratory"

    Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 3 Apr 2018

    The party’s massive experiment in ranking and monitoring Chinese citizens through a social credit system designed to promote “trustworthiness” has already started. This article describes how it works. So far, the scheme has been embraced by the communities in which it’s been tested because it only deducts points for breaking the law: it is precise in its punishment and generous in its rewards. Moving forward, it’s hard not to think of an Orwellian world in which high tech monitors everybody’s behaviour (reads in about 10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018

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  • SOCIETY, Health, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Moises Velasquez-Manoff, "The Germs that Love Diet Soda"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 6 Apr 2018

    There are lots of reasons to avoid processed foods. They’re often packed with sugar, fat and salt, and they tend to lack certain nutrients critical to health, like fiber. And now, new research suggests that some of the additives that extend the shelf life and improve the texture of these foods may have unintended side effects - not on our bodies directly, but on the human microbiome, the trillions of bacteria living in our guts (reads in 5-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018

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  • SOCIETY, Health, Technology, Innovation

    Erika Frey, "Tech's Next Big Wave: Big Data Meets Biology"

    Fortune - 19 Mar 2018

    Thanks to a slew of sophisticated measuring devices, ubiquitous connectivity and AI, companies can now harness and make sense of data about our health as never before. This article is a rather long read (more than 15 min.), but it is packed with practical examples showing how big data is about to entail a radical change in healthcare – with tremendous investment implications.

    Published in Weekly selection 23 March 2018

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