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.
Weighing what’s fair takes deliberation.
A decision-making process that relies on intuitive feelings rather than careful deliberation invites a host of biases that make bad decisions and disproportional consequences far more likely.
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The effectiveness of healthy-eating nudges increases as their focus shifts from thinking, to feeling, to doing.
One former member of Australia’s government review tribunal has described robo-debt as a form of ‘extortion’.
A new legal framework for automated decision making is critical to protect citizens in the digital age.
Group project experience doesn’t automatically translate to competence at collaboration.
From the biggest 'wicked' problems on down, finding solutions to challenges depends on working together collaboratively. Students think they're good at this, but they aren't. Here's what could help.
Your cold, hard list is no match for hot emotions.
A cold, logical list of attributes sought in a partner is cast aside by the hot emotions that come up in real life. A psychology researcher explains how this 'hot-cold empathy gap' works in dating.
Doesn’t take much thought to tap in those ‘likes.’
After 15 years of Facebook, the ways brands use it for marketing and advertising have changed – right alongside the way people make decisions as they scroll through a never-ending feed of information.
Sculpture of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, on the campus of Boston College.
At times we just don't know what's the right thing to do. St. Ignatius, who founded the Society of Jesus, developed a method of discernment that can be useful even to those who are not religious.
The path from decision to action is a winding one.
Our everyday lives are full of decision dilemmas. To understand why we make particular choices, scientists investigate how our brain deals with uncertainty.
You’re probably wrong about how long it would take you to know they’re ‘the one.’
New research confirms that people tend to rush to judgment, in spite of believing their own decisions and those of others are carefully based on lots of evidence and data. And that can be good or bad.
Commentators always like to imagine what players could have done better – we're using AI to prove it.
Many board games strengthen the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brains of players. This results in improved cognitive functions such as IQ, memory, information retention and problem-solving.
From dyslexia, to dementia to schizophrenia, there is evidence that playing games can help, while boosting family connections and emotional wellbeing.
This is the first time Video Assistant Referee system, known as VAR,has been used at the world cup to assist referees make decisions.
Video assistant referees have led to some controversial decisions at the World Cup. Rather than improving the quality of decision making by on-field refs, VAR could undermine it instead.
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni, during Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors in Houston. D'Antoni successfully resisted calls to change his team’s offensive strategy after losing Game 1.
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Research has shown that the most successful basketball coaches resist pressure to make changes during games. Choosing not to make a move is sometimes also the right call for business leaders.
The Homeward Bound initiative works with women in science to enhance their opportunity to take up leadership roles globally.
This year 77 women took part in the largest all-female expedition to Antarctica as part of a leadership training program. Rough weather enroute put group decision-making skills to the test.