Mark Zuckerberg Is Deluded If He Thinks AI Can Solve Facebook’s Hate Speech Problem

Artificial intelligence is all the rage these days, so naturally we want to throw it at all of our problems. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comment that Facebook won’t have effective tools to filter hate speech for another “five to 10 years” seemed both dismissive and uninspiring. No doubt, it was classic Silicon Valley speak for “we haven’t got a clue,” but Zuck wasn’t being completely unreasonable. Read More >>

Why Men Shouldn’t Be the Sole Breadwinners in Families

Traditional gender roles have been shifting over the past few decades and that’s probably for the best. Not just because society’s expectations for a binary gender system are outdated, but because it might be bad for you. Read More >>

New Data Suggests You Only Have Five Close Friends 

You might not have as many close friends as you think. Researchers have provided new evidence that lends weight to a theory that says you can only maintain five close friendships. Read More >>

Wikipedia is Basically a Corporate Bureaucracy, According to a New Study

Wikipedia is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the noble goal of decentralised knowledge creation. But as the community has evolved over time, it has wandered further and further from its early egalitarian ideals, according to a new paper published in the journal Future Internet. In fact, such systems usually end up looking a lot like 20th-century bureaucracies. Read More >>

A Wild Female and Male Orangutan Teamed Up To Murder Another Orangutan

Anthropologists in Borneo observed a rare instance of a female and a male orangutan teaming up—to kill another female orangutan. This is the first observed time a female-female conflict in orangutans has turned lethal, and the way the it went down changes what we thought we knew about orangutan behaviour. Read More >>

Even Researchers are Using Google Street View to Measure Gentrification

Google Street View is an excellent way to watch your neighbourhood change. In fact, we've conducted our own informal surveys of urban transformation in Detroit, San Francisco, and Brooklyn. While our investigations were based on casual observation, now a pair of sociologists from Harvard are using Google Street View data to measure gentrification—and predict if those trends will continue. Read More >>

Homosexual, Childless, Tea-Making Couples are Happiest, Study Reveals

A lengthy study by the Open University into what makes long-term relationships work has been published today, revealing that gay couples tend to be happier with their relationships than heterosexual ones. Read More >>

How Facebook Uses You as Part of a Giant Sociological Experiment

Facebook, with its 900 million users, is a social scientist's wet dream: a huge number of participants, all offering up rich streams of personal information. Obviously that hasn't escaped Facebook's attention, which is why it has its own team of social scientists analysing all of our data — and, on occasion, experimenting with us too. Read More >>

Is Dunbar’s Number Still Relevant in the Facebook Era

Nineteen years ago, a British anthropologist took control of my social life. Robin Dunbar -- he's the guy -- said I could only have 150 friends. Read More >>

How Gossip Saves Society

Everybody loves to talk about other people. It's human nature. But our society seems to stigmatise gossip; branding it as common, rude and just a little bit shameful. Turns out, though, it's not all bad. Read More >>