Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | A New Luxury Retreat Caters to Elderly Workers in Tech (Ages 30 and Up) Supported by ByNellie Bowles March 4, 2019 EL PESCADERO, Mexico — At a luxury resort in Baja California Sur, everyone was recovering from a long day sharing how hard it felt to be getting older. Some of the participants walked pensively along the Pacific Coast at sunset. Others read from the resort bookshelf, choosing from sections labeled: “What can death teach me about life?” and “What are the unexpected pleasures of aging?” The next day, the group would place stickers with ageist slurs all over their chests, arms and faces, and then hurl the stickers into a fire. Later, there would be healing sessions focused on intergenerational collaboration and accepting mortality. That some of those on … [Read more...] about A New Luxury Retreat Caters to Elderly Workers in Tech (Ages 30 and Up)
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Amazon and Hulu continue to host and algorithmically suggest conspiracy films. This comes as platforms like Roku and YouTube are removing conspiratorial accounts or preventing their search and recommendation algorithms from surfacing them. Experts warn that hosting this type of conspiratorial content could spread misinformation, and even encourage people to commit violence. “There is a sinister and secret group of people who roam the globe,” an omniscient narrator says. “They control everything from banks to the media. They own the world.” That claim invoking the New World Order conspiracy theory comes from a film called “A Conspiracy To Rule: The Illuminati,” available for streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Both Amazon Prime Video and Hulu categorise the film as a “documentary.” Hulu put it in the site’s “conspiracy” section, which is mostly populated by films about aliens. The willingness to stream such … [Read more...] about Amazon and Hulu’s algorithms are recommending conspiracy theory films, and the consequences could be more serious than you might think
Opinion PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 February 2019 Paul Geater Despite all the talk of internet shopping, most Christmas presents were bought from shops. Picture: PAUL GEATER Archant Today it feels as if the High Street – the mythical heart of every town and city across the country – is under more pressure than ever before. The news that Pret a Manger is not coming to Ipswich was a big blow to the town centre. Picture: ARCHANTMuch has been written and spoken about which stores/restaurants/bank branches will be next to close – but how close are we to knowing why this existential threat to so many businesses, and indeed whole districts, is happening?And why are some shops seen as vulnerable while others are apparently bucking the trend? And can things be turned around for those facing problems?New technology – the rise of internet shopping – is one reason often given for the crisis in retailing and it no doubt is a factor. Over … [Read more...] about Can High Streets in towns like Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds survive the current upheavals?
Business jobs This originally appeared on Quora. Answered by Peter Swaniker. The explosion of the gig economy continues unabated. Last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 55 million people in the U.S. are “gig workers,” which is more than 35% of the U.S. workforce. That number is projected to jump to 43% by 2020. If you’ve never heard the term, “gig work” is basically just a buzzy way of describing an independent contract or part-time job, like driving for Uber or freelance copywriting. “Gig work” is basically just a buzzy way of describing an independent contract or part-time job, like driving for Uber or freelance copywriting. Getty Images Millennials, the generation credited with disrupting everything from housing to marriage, are gravitating towards gig work for the promise of greater work-life balance. Boomers and other generations on the brink of retirement are drawn to gig work because it brings in … [Read more...] about What are the Pros and Cons of the “Gig” Economy?
In times of uncertainty, the leaders of insurance companies often lead the conversation about the future. One of the most eloquent speakers on that subject is Antonio Huertas Mejías, CEO and chairman of the global insurance company MAPFRE. Huertas, who has been in his current role since 2012, is also a committed promoter of innovation in financial services. He believes, for example, that digital transformation has created a threshold that companies must cross. Those that understand the new technologies will become fundamentally different, and those that don’t will not be able to compete. MAPFRE is headquartered in Madrid. It is the benchmark insurer in Spain, one of the 10 largest insurers in Europe, the leading multinational insurance group in Latin America, and (after its 2008 acquisition of the Massachusetts-based Commerce Insurance firm) one of the top 20 companies in auto insurance in the United States by market share. It also has roots in innovative management, having … [Read more...] about Financial Services and Social Value Can Mix