Archive for the ‘Factoids’ Category

“…America…has about five times as much mall space per person as Britain…”

December 19, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/business/21732568-many-retail-properties-will-slump-others-have-brighter-prospects-global-property

“France to ban mobile phones in schools from September – – Children will be allowed to bring their phones to school, but not allowed to get them out at any time until they leave, even during breaks.”

December 12, 2017

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/france-to-ban-mobile-phones-in-schools-from-september

“Conducting tasks while receiving e-mails and phone calls reduces a worker’s IQ by about ten points relative to working in uninterrupted quiet. That is equivalent to losing a night’s sleep, and twice as debilitating as using marijuana. By one estimate, it takes nearly half an hour to recover focus fully for the task at hand after an interruption.”

December 12, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21732141-evidence-mixed-it-seems-clear-however-they-are-making-us

“[In 2017] toilets near the Temple of Heaven, one of Beijing’s biggest tourist draws, were fitted with facial-recognition systems designed to prevent thieves from [taking] its loo roll (the technology prevents toilet-paper dispensers from serving each visitor more than once).”

December 11, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/china/21732135-campaign-improve-public-lavatories-extended-and-expanded-china-plans-one-last-push

“…`general intelligence’, the ability of a computer to perform any human task without being explicitly programmed to do so.”

December 11, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/business/21732125-tech-giants-are-investing-billions-transformative-technology-google-leads-race