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Log In - New York Times. Are We Living in a Computer Simulation? ARMIES OF THE RIGHT; The Young Hipublicans. The impact has been felt far beyond the campus quadrangles and classrooms.

ARMIES OF THE RIGHT; The Young Hipublicans

Scott Stewart, chairman of the College Republican National Committee says that campus conservatives were instrumental to the success of the Republican Party in the last midterm elections. ''Students provide the enthusiasm, the excitement and the work that needs to be done for free in political campaigns,'' he says, ''knocking on doors, talking to voters, passing out literature, pounding in lawn signs.'' Then there is the role, historically, that college conservatives have played in shaping Republican Party ideology. A former campus conservative, William F. Buckley, wrote the movement's Ur-text, ''God and Man at Yale.'' ''They have a theory of getting them while they're young,'' says David Brock, a former college conservative who graduated from Berkeley in the mid-1980's.

Scout. Log In - New York Times. Drake on Money, Rap, and his Musical Legacy. When he was just 23, the rapper Drake set a goal for himself: He'd make $25 million by the time he was 25 years old by rapping about money, cars, girls, and—here's the bizarre part—his rawest feelings and emotions.

Drake on Money, Rap, and his Musical Legacy

He achieved it. Easily. The best books we read in 2016. Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free. The Friday afternoon news dump, a grand tradition observed by politicians and capitalists alike, is usually supposed to hide bad news.

Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free

So it was a little weird that Elon Musk, founder of electric car maker Tesla, and Sam Altman, president of famed tech incubator Y Combinator, unveiled their new artificial intelligence company at the tail end of a weeklong AI conference in Montreal this past December. But there was a reason they revealed OpenAI at that late hour. It wasn’t that no one was looking. It was that everyone was looking. When some of Silicon Valley’s most powerful companies caught wind of the project, they began offering tremendous amounts of money to OpenAI’s freshly assembled cadre of artificial intelligence researchers, intent on keeping these big thinkers for themselves.

Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter? Had Narrative Science — a company that trains computers to write news stories—created this piece, it probably would not mention that the company’s Chicago headquarters lie only a long baseball toss from the Tribune newspaper building.

Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter?

Nor would it dwell on the fact that this potentially job-killing technology was incubated in part at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Those ironies are obvious to a human. But not to a computer. At least not yet. More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism From 2015. Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, an email newsletter that I curate weekly for its subscribers.

More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism From 2015

This is my annual attempt to bring some of those stories to a wider audience. I could not read or note every worthy article that was published last calendar year and I haven't included any paywalled articles or anything published at The Atlantic. But everything that follows is worthy of wider attention and engagement. I hope it provides fodder for summer reading and inspiration for future writing. Winds Across America: Powering the Nation - Siemens - The Atlantic Sponsor Content.

Who’s Influencing Election 2016? — MIT MEDIA LAB. Who’s Influencing Election 2016?

Who’s Influencing Election 2016? — MIT MEDIA LAB

By William Powers With Super Tuesday just around the corner, we know one thing about this election: it’s the most riveting in years. But why? What makes it so different from everything that came before? The obvious answer is the surprising line-up of final contenders. What is influence? Just a few decades ago, it was easy to say who were the key influencers: the powerful political and media players — both organizations and individuals — who orchestrated and largely defined the election conversation. Joe Biden Writes An Open Letter To Stanford Survivor - BuzzFeed News. Here's The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read To Her Attacker - BuzzFeed News.

Many Middle-Class Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck. Since 2013, the Federal Reserve Board has conducted a survey to “monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.”

Many Middle-Class Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Most of the data in the latest survey, frankly, are less than earth-shattering: 49 percent of part-time workers would prefer to work more hours at their current wage; 29 percent of Americans expect to earn a higher income in the coming year; 43 percent of homeowners who have owned their home for at least a year believe its value has increased. But the answer to one question was astonishing. The Fed asked respondents how they would pay for a $400 emergency. The Really Big One. When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on seismology.

The Really Big One

As the shaking started, everyone in the room began to laugh. Earthquakes are common in Japan—that one was the third of the week—and the participants were, after all, at a seismology conference. Then everyone in the room checked the time. Seismologists know that how long an earthquake lasts is a decent proxy for its magnitude.

The Backlash Against Serial's 'White Privilege'—and Why It's Wrong. Since its October debut, This American Life producer Sarah Koenig's Serial has quickly become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed podcasts ever produced.

The Backlash Against Serial's 'White Privilege'—and Why It's Wrong