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    New global aging index gauges health and wellbeing of aging populations

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics, with the support of The John A. Hartford Foundation, have developed a new barometer that estimates how countries are adapting to the dramatic increases in the number and proportion of older persons. The Index is composed of specific measures across five social and economic Indicators that reflect the status and wellbeing of older persons in a country and which can be followed over time and used to compare across nations. [...]

    When Will AI Be Better Than Humans at Everything? 352 AI Experts Answer

    Original @ Singularity Hub Predictions of when machines will make us obsolete seem to come either from AI evangelists or doom-mongers with little practical experience of the field. Now though, researchers have carried out the largest-ever survey of machine learning experts on the subject. The advent of AI that can outperform humans at various tasks will have a dramatic […] [...]

    What do Trump’s tweets say about his personality?

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The Twitter messages of Donald J. Trump, the entrepreneurial businessman turned US president, show that he is creative, competitive and a rule-breaker, but also has neurotic tendencies. An analysis of Trump’s tweets and what implications his personalit… [...]

    Back to our roots

    Original @ MIT News – Civil and environmental engineering MIT short program, Innovation and Technology in Agriculture and the Environment, unifies industry and academia. [...]

    Our sin tends to be timidity, not rashness

    Original @ Isegoria Arthur C. Brooks’ advice for young people heading out into the world is to be prudent — because prudence means something more than what we’ve been led to believe: When I finally read the German philosopher Josef Pieper’s “The Four Cardinal Virtues,” which had sat unread on my shelf for years, I was shocked to […] [...]

    Researcher uses cricket tournaments to explore caste interactions in rural India

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories An hour outside of Varanasi, India, the Ganjari village cricket ground is hot and dusty. Birds pick at a cow carcass beside the road, and a stand further down sells samosas. Players arrive on motorbikes, and the men cluster in teams of five around MIT Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) surveyors, who enter details like the captain’s name and the batting order into tablets. It’s a friendly Saturday cricket match—and also a development economics experiment in mediating caste interactions. [...]

    When castes collide

    Original @ MIT News – Economics PhD student Matt Lowe uses cricket tournaments to explore caste interactions in rural India and whether the popular sport can help bridge class divides. [...]

    3 Questions: The future of the electric utility

    Original @ MIT News – Economics MIT Energy Initiative Director of Research Francis O’Sullivan reflects on current trends in the utility industry, as well as potential solutions to current challenges. [...]

    Unemployment is the greater evil

    Original @ Isegoria Policymakers seem intent on making the joblessness crisis worse, Ed Glaeser laments: The past decade or so has seen a resurgent progressive focus on inequality — and little concern among progressives about the downsides of discouraging work. Advocates of a $15 minimum hourly wage, for example, don’t seem to mind, or believe, that such policies […] [...]

    Hospitals that spend more on emergency care yield better outcomes

    Original @ MIT News – Economics Study: Investing more in inpatient care relative to longer-term nursing facilities reduces mortality rates. [...]