Leading tech companies are increasingly using AI to influence our behaviour. But how persuasive do we find virtual assistants?
During Mental Health Week, let's look at why some people, such as those experiencing depression or substance dependency, struggle to make decisions like everyone else.
Have you ever watched something because YouTube recommended it to you? You've probably been influenced by an algorithm. But at the end of the day, underneath all the algorithms are people.
People learn racism from the culture that surrounds them and media they consume, but that doesn’t need to be the end of the story.
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If you’re American – regardless of the color of your skin – racism structures how you think. Changing the system should change these implicit biases.
Without transparency, algorithms will erode trust in government decision making.
Half full, half empty, or just some water in a glass?
Optimism and pessimism can lead to poor decision making.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised inclusive decision-making informed by scientific evidence. Such an approach would serve to depoliticise and rationalise decision-making.
The science to policy process that was developed to guide climate mitigation decisions can be applied to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, without having to be reinvented.
Is it safe to nip out for milk? Should I download the COVIDSafe app? Is it OK to wear my pyjamas in a Zoom meeting? All these extra decisions are taking their toll.
Don’t sleep on the job.
The more businesses encourage their employees to sleep well, the better their employees perform.
Tom wants you to have the apple.
We don't always realise it, but emotions play a positive role in decision making.
Transforming the civil service needs to go far beyond what degree new recruits studied.
Willpower and habits involve different parts of the brain.
It's incredibly difficult to will away bad habits. But two simple strategies can make things easier.
Were you subtly encouraged to make that menu choice?
A scholar who studies consumer decision-making explains just what it is in the human mind that makes people susceptible to nudges toward one behavior or another.
When algorithms make decisions with real-world consequences, they need to be fair.
A machine learning expert predicts a new balance between human and machine intelligence is on the horizon. For that to be good news, researchers need to figure out how to design algorithms that are fair.
When faced with a wildfire, responders must act quickly and decisively to save lives.
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Emergency responders and military personnel need to think creatively – even imaginatively – to save lives under pressure. Analyzing the Grenfell Tower Fire in London reveals useful lessons.
Cancer rates are rising among Inuit and critical oncology specialists and treatments are often located in urban centres, thousands of kilometres away from remote communities in Inuit Nunangat.
A 'shared decision-making' model enables collaboration with Indigenous communities within Canada's health-care system - to respond to TRC Calls to Action and address rising cancer rates.
Numeracy has real implications for your life.
How mathematically proficient are you? And do you have the skills to back up your level of math confidence? The answers to those questions may have ramifications for your financial and physical health.
Survey results suggest about three-quarters of the population trust online reviews at least a moderate amount.
Your trust in online consumer reviews may be misplaced. Check your ability to spot real from fake reviews with our quiz.
A certain optimal noise level allows people to see, hear and feel better.
The 'right' amount of noise is different for everyone. That might explain why some people perform best in noisy environments, while others prefer silence.