Amazon recruiters were laid off. AI tech might fill their roles. | Mashable

The fear of every person who reads too much sci-fi labor dystopia might be coming true: Robots could be replacing workers.

Last week, Amazon extended hundreds of its recruiters’ buyout opportunities in just one part of a very long, very trying cycle of layoffs expected from the shopping giant. And some of those jobs might have been lost to some new artificial intelligence technology the company has been experimenting with for a year, according to a confidential internal document viewed by Recode.

Amazon’s AI technology — known internally as Automated Applicant Evaluation or AAE — works by predicting which job applicants have the highest potential of being successful in certain roles, and then fast-tracking them to an interview all without a human recruiter’s oversight. According to Recode, it works by finding the middle part of a venn diagram between current Amazon employees and job applicants applying for similar jobs. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Mashable.

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All the science that’s launching to the space station today | Digital Trends

Today, Saturday November 26, an uncrewed SpaceX Dragon craft will be launching to the International Space Station. Packed inside the Dragon, which will be launched by a Falcon 9 rocket, will be a pair of new solar arrays for the space station, called International Space Station Roll Out Solar Arrays or iROSAs, as well as a wide range of science experiments and technology demonstrations.

Also included in the delivery will be an experiment to grow a crop of dwarf tomatoes. Growing food on the space station has been a topic of research because it will be necessary to grow food for longer crewed space missions, such as those planned to visit Mars, so that astronauts can eat something fresh. There is also a psychological component to growing and eating your own food that is beneficial for astronauts. Many of the foods grown on the ISS to date have been leafy greens (though there have also been experiments into growing chiles, radishes, and more), so the new experiment, called VEG-05, will test out growing tomatoes, including investigating how light and fertilizer affect their growth.

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Surprise: Dollar Tree’s $1.25 price strategy is actually working | CNN Business

When Dollar Tree said it would raise prices to $1.25 after 35 years sticking to $1, some fans protested and industry analysts questioned the decision.

A year later, the controversial move appears to be paying off.

Higher prices have added to Dollar Tree’s sales. The switch has also allowed the company to introduce merchandise it couldn’t previously sell because of its $1 price constraint, helping it draw new shoppers. Other companies have also raised prices, so Dollar Tree has been shielded from major customer blowback.

Sales at Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% last quarter compared to a year ago, the company, which also owns Family Dollar, said Tuesday. Family Dollar sales increased 4.1% last quarter.

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New gene therapy restores night vision of people with inherited eye disorder | Live Science

Two people with a rare inherited eye disorder have had their night vision restored by an experimental gene therapy, researchers say.

These two individuals are part of an ongoing clinical trial(opens in new tab) testing the safety and effectiveness of the new gene therapy, the research team wrote in a report published in October in the journal iScience(opens in new tab). This and additional trials will need to be completed before the therapy can be approved for widespread use. Still, these early data hints that the treatment can spur “remarkable gains” in patients’ night vision, the scientists wrote.

The trial participants have a genetic disorder called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), which affects an estimated 3 in 100,000 babies, according to the University of Florida Health(opens in new tab), one of the institutes involved in developing the therapy.

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Time Poverty: What To Do If You Feel Time Poor | Lifehack

In today’s fast-paced world, research shows more and more people are persistently feeling “time poor.”  While time poverty to some people may not seem as important as material poverty, time poverty causes several negative implications from lower well-being, physical health, and productivity that cannot be ignored.

Nearly 50% of Americans report feeling they “don’t have enough time these days”, according to a 2015 Gallup poll.

And yet, despite constantly feeling like there’s not enough time in the day, many continue to work long hours, sacrificing valuable time with friends and family in the hopes of finally catching up on their busy schedules.

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Businesses Are Collecting Data. How Are They Using It? | Business News Daily

Many businesses collect data for multifold purposes. Here’s how to know what they’re doing with your personal data and whether it is secure.

  • Businesses may collect consumer data and use it to power better customer experiences and marketing strategies. They may also sell this data for revenue.
  • The European Union’s General Data Protection Requirements (GDPR) is a comprehensive law that regulates any company with EU-based shoppers. California, Colorado and Virginia have enacted similar laws, though there is no federal equivalent.
  • Use VPNs, employ ad blockers, avoid linking apps, choose nameworthy apps and sign up for non-essential services with fake information to protect your data.
  • This article is for consumers who want to know how businesses use their personal data and how to protect this data.

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American Airlines baggage fee lawsuit. Am I owed money? | Fast Company

There is perhaps no greater annoyance in the nickel-and-dime economy than surprise airline fees. From extra leg room to booze to unaccompanied minors, carriers seem to be finding increasingly creative ways to squeeze a little extra profit out of every last warm body in the air. And since they own the airplanes, what can we really do?

Well, some savvy flyers fought back in court, and now American Airlines has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a lawsuit over what the passengers said were illegitimate baggage fees. In a lawsuit filed early last year, the plaintiffs claimed that they were incorrectly charged to check their luggage, despite being part of a loyalty program that promised free bag checks or being promised free bag checks via email.

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How to Solve a Sales Problem and Keep Your Customers | All Business

There is a right way and a wrong way to solve a sales problem. Do it the right way, and you keep your customer; do it the wrong way, and you may not only lose a customer, but you might lose other business as well.

Here is the best way to solve a sales problem and keep your customers.

First, the wrong way to solve a sales problem

If you’re hoping that prospects or customers won’t notice when there’s a problem, or that you can ignore a problem, think again. The truth is that problems usually don’t just go away. There’s a big difference between waiting for something good to come out of a situation and ignoring something bad that needs to be corrected.

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2023 Low-Code Trends for Small Businesses | Small Biz Trends

Software engineering has, for decades, been the domain of coders and IT specialists, but the introduction of low-code has cracked the door on application development for business users whose coding experience begins and ends with drag and drop.

Low-code application development enables users to produce internal apps and business functions from a simple user interface that requires little actual coding. This means employees of small and medium-sized businesses maintain control over how they spend their hours—focusing on time-sensitive work and automating, delegating, or building apps to handle everything else.

Low-code is already producing results. According to KPMG, 100% of companies that have implemented a low-code platform have reported a positive ROI.

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How to Win Employee Loyalty This Holiday Season | Business. com

Here’s how companies can use the holiday season to earn loyalty from their employees.

The holiday season is a busy time of excitement and anticipation. Warm memories and old traditions fill the weeks with joy, just as plans with loved ones fill our calendars. Time is the most precious gift of all, and you don’t want to be the company Scrooge who makes this special season difficult for your employees. Instead, use this time of year as an opportunity to treat your staff especially well and earn their loyalty.

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