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Yuval Noah Harari on protecting the right to be stupid
Harari on protecting the right to be stupid | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

Yuval Noah Harari on protecting the right to be stupid

Bestselling author and historian Yuval Noah Harari makes the case for mental self-care in an age where our minds are bombarded with an unprecedented influx of information. In a wide-ranging interview with Ian Bremmer, filmed before a live audience at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Harari stresses the importance of a healthy ‘'information diet.'

"Our minds were shaped back in the Stone Age," Harari says. Smartphones and social media, designed by the today’s smartest minds, are engineered to 'hack our brains and manipulate our emotions. Harari warns, "Anybody who thinks they are strong enough to resist it is just fooling themselves."

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Russian reservists recruited during a partial mobilization of troops attend a ceremony before departing to the Russia-Ukraine conflict zone, in the Rostov region, Russia October 31, 2022.

REUTERS/Sergey Pivovarov

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Russia’s digital draft

If you’re a young male citizen of Russia, it just got harder for you to hide from the war in Ukraine. The State Duma, Russia’s parliament, approved legislation on Tuesday that allows the government to send a military summons online instead of serving the papers in person. The upper house swiftly passed it into law on Wednesday.

“The summons is considered received from the moment it is placed in the personal account of a person liable for military service,” explains the chairman of the Duma’s defense committee, though the Kremlin insists no large-scale draft is imminent. If the person summoned fails to report for service within 20 days of the date listed on the summons, the state can suspend his driver’s license, deny him the right to travel abroad, and make it impossible for him to get a loan.

The database that provides names of potential draftees is assembled from medical, educational, and residential records, as well as insurance and tax data. Thousands of young Russians have already fled their country. Many more may soon try to join them.

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Oppo cancels live online phone launch in India amid calls to boycott Chinese goods

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NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - China's Oppo cancelled the live online launch of its flagship smartphone in India on Wednesday (June 17) after a border clash between the two countries that has renewed calls from local Indian trader groups to shun Chinese products.

Samsung tries again with redesigned Galaxy Fold smartphone

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SEOUL (BLOOMBERG) - Samsung Electronics has completed a two-month redesign of the Galaxy Fold to fix embarrassing screen failures that forced its delay, people familiar with the matter say, allowing the Korean giant to debut its marquee smartphone in time for the crucial holiday season.

China regulator to set time limits on hot short-video apps

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BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) - China is stepping up controls over the country's popular short-video apps as it seeks to cap the amount of time children spend on their screens.

South Korea radar and thermal camera system warns 'smartphone zombies' of traffic

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ILSAN, SOUTH KOREA (REUTERS) - A city in South Korea, which has the world's highest smartphone penetration rate, has installed flickering lights and laser beams at a road crossing to warn "smartphone zombies" to look up and drivers to slow down, in the hope of preventing accidents.

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