why tech billionaires can’t “disruptively” vote their way to digital immortality
# tech

why tech billionaires can’t “disruptively” vote their way to digital immortality

What happens when voters make decisions based on the belief that someday soon, scientists and engineers will turn them into immortal robots or web-enabled software?


how social media ruined expertise and how to get it back
# tech

how social media ruined expertise and how to get it back

Thanks to social media, everybody can be a pundit today, and that’s ruining how we build a factual understanding of our world and what’s happening in it.


to save the world’s minds, we need to kill the nine to five job
# tech

to save the world’s minds, we need to kill the nine to five job

Futurists once dreamed of an automated, leisurely utopia. Our failure to live up to their visions is taking a massive toll on our health and politics.


behold the (terrifyingly badly designed) cyborg of the 1960s
# science

behold the (terrifyingly badly designed) cyborg of the 1960s

Humans have been thinking about modifying themselves to survive the rigors of space flight for a long time now. Thankfully, out ideas for how to do it have vastly improved.


the boomers are not all right: how social media obsessions are destroying families
# oddities

the boomers are not all right: how social media obsessions are destroying families

Older, conservative Americans have become engrossed in conspiracy theories and fear-mongering propaganda. Now, they’re paying the price as their families start to cut ties.

why the first thing you should do with the tiktok app is uninstall it
# tech

why the first thing you should do with the tiktok app is uninstall it

While most apps you use today collect a lot of data, TikTok goes far beyond normal logging and location services, and straight into the realm of spyware.

why we have to abandon the popular “lone genius” narrative of science
# science

why we have to abandon the popular “lone genius” narrative of science

Writers constantly tell us about mavericks whose genius overturned the status quo. Their stories aren’t just wrong, they’re dangerous.

why the earn it act is a backdoor for a digital police state
# tech

why the earn it act is a backdoor for a digital police state

With the EARN IT bill, politicians are unwittingly and stubbornly putting us at greater risk from criminals and terrorists while insisting they’re just trying to protect us.

why the crewed dragon launch can make our sci-fi dreams come true
# space

why the crewed dragon launch can make our sci-fi dreams come true

Private companies launching humans into space is a profound game changer. We just need to follow it to its logical conclusion.

why tech bros criticizing covid models don’t know what they’re talking about
# tech

why tech bros criticizing covid models don’t know what they’re talking about

Pay no attention to the tech personalities double guessing COVID-19 models. They’re not the experts they think they are, or pretend to be.

why planet nine may not actually exist
# space

why planet nine may not actually exist

Astronomers looking into the orbits of Kuiper Belt objects may have found a flaw in data we thought pointed to the existence of a large planet beyond Neptune’s orbit.

according to pundits, amateur porn is our new safety net
# sex

according to pundits, amateur porn is our new safety net

As the pandemic reveals more and more weaknesses in the economy, more people are turning to creating homemade porn. What will happen to them when the pandemic ends?

the problem with theories of everything
# science

the problem with theories of everything

Stephen Wolfram joins a long line of theoreticians who believe they uncovered how the universe really works. He, like all of them, is almost certainly wrong.

america’s new lysenkoism: what happens when ideology trumps science
# politics

america’s new lysenkoism: what happens when ideology trumps science

When populists, demagogues, and authoritarians insist on attacking experts for trying to fix the problems their dogmas created, the consequences can destroy entire nations.

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