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Tinder, Hinge and other dating apps encourage ‘compulsive’ use, lawsui

Stuck in a dating app loop with no date in sight? A lawsuit filed Wednesday against Match Group claims that is by design.Tinder, Hinge, and other Match dating apps are filled with addictive features that encourage “compulsive” use, the proposed class-action lawsuit claims.The lawsuit filed in federal court in the Northern District of California on Wednesday—Valentine’s Day—says Match intentionally designs its dating platforms with game-like features that “lock users into a perpetual pay-to-play loop” prioritizing profit…

Anti-piracy messages encourage MORE piracy — if you’re a man

Anti-piracy campaigns can actually cause more piracy — if you’re a man. So say the cybercrime experts at the University of Portsmouth, who investigated efforts to deter illegal torrenting, streaming, and file-sharing. To test the techniques, the researchers exposed 962 adults to threatening messages used in anti-piracy campaigns. They then evaluated potential changes in behaviour. They discovered a cavernous gender gap. The messages led piracy intentions to decline by 52% in women, but they…

Common Sense Media and OpenAI link up to encourage healthy ChatGPT use by teens, others

With the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies increasing, it is integral for parents and educators to develop and encourage safe AI usage. This is important because the use of this technology will only increase and it is expected to surpass the internet across various parameters. Therefore, to reduce the risk of technology and embrace healthy usage among teens and families, Common Sense Media and OpenAI have collaborated to explore the full potential of AI for teens, parents and educators. Know what…

How Diablo 4 Season 3’s New Trap-Filled Vaults Encourage Players To Take Their Time

Diablo 4 Season 3 is set to majorly shake up Blizzard's popular ARPG with the introduction of a new endgame activity that will incentivize players to do something that just might sound like sacrilege: slow down.Speaking with some of the key minds at Blizzard responsible for Season of the Construct ahead of its launch on January 23, we learned more about some of the inspirations behind the season's major new additions, like the customizable Seneschal Construct companion. We also dove into new details on…

How artificial intelligence can help beavers fight floods, droughts and wildfires

A few years ago, a couple of Google employees reached out to a Minnesota scientist with an unusual proposal: What if they could teach computers to spot beaver habitats from space? "They wanted to know if I thought it was possible to find beaver wetlands from aerial imagery myself, and then if that could be scaled up with machine learning," Emily Fairfax, a University of Minnesota beaver researcher and assistant professor of geography, told As It Happens guest host Megan Williams.Fairfax knew that beavers' sprawling dams…

Hollywood’s attempts to encourage diversity ‘performative’, study finds | Film

Greta Gerwig’s Barbie may have been the top-grossing film of 2023, but women are still dramatically underrepresented behind the camera in Hollywood, according to two major studies of the industry.At the same time, major studios that pledged to re-examine their diversity and inclusion practices in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 still fail to produce many films from people of color, according to USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. The center’s latest report, titled Inclusion in the Director’s Chair,…

How Christmas music in adverts and shops harnesses nostalgia to encourage you to spend more

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain In my research, I have spent a good deal of time speaking with people from across the world about their relationship with sound and music—how it features in their everyday lives and how it influences their attitudes and behavior. One of the most consistent findings is that, irrespective of culture or place, we are largely unaware of how what we hear affects how we think and act.…

Sea level rise found to encourage mangrove expansion on Great Barrier Reef islands

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team of environmental scientists at the University of Wollongong Faculty of Science Medicine and Health's School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences, working with a colleague from the University of New South Wales, has found that sea level rise is encouraging mangrove expansion on some Great Barrier Reef islands. In their paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the…