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


is the future of social media decentralized and peer to peer?
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is the future of social media decentralized and peer to peer?

Coders and those fed up with major social media platforms are trying to create peer to peer alternatives to Twitter and Facebook. But can they really succeed in swaying users?

how adolescent brains literally rewire themselves before early adulthood
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how adolescent brains literally rewire themselves before early adulthood

We know that teenagers think differently from adults because their brains aren't finished forming. But how does an adolescent brain transform into an adult one?

why fossil fuels are even more radioactive than nuclear reactors
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why fossil fuels are even more radioactive than nuclear reactors

If you start studying the waste from gas and oil wells, and measure the emissions from coal ash, the fossil fuel industry is more dangerous than any nuclear plant.

is minimalism the antidote to runaway industrialization?
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is minimalism the antidote to runaway industrialization?

Our factories crank out tsunamis of cheap consumer goods and online shopping is getting them around the world faster. But are we hitting a point of diminishing returns?

will urban farming save the future or make modern politics worse?
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will urban farming save the future or make modern politics worse?

According to a growing number of architects and urban planners, cities need more greenery and easier access to food. But will their solution cause more problems than it solves?

why weird things is leaving facebook, and you should too
# tech

why weird things is leaving facebook, and you should too

From abusing your data, to refusing to deal with dangerous hoaxes and fake news, to undermining brands and limiting their reach, Facebook is the worst of social media.

world of weird things podcast: why and how empathy binds the human species
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world of weird things podcast: why and how empathy binds the human species

Empathy is the most important trait for human cohesion and civil politics. So, where does empathy comes from, how does it break down, and how can it be stimulated?

how flat ui helped fake news thrive on social media
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how flat ui helped fake news thrive on social media

Modern design and social media leveled the playing field for news outlets. But in doing so, they helped lies and hoaxes thrive alongside reputable sources.

how your guts could define your personality, literally
# health

how your guts could define your personality, literally

When we say someone bold has guts, we mean that figuratively. But apparently, bravery, extroversion, and happiness could very well be in their intestines.

will the sun really turn pluto habitable as it dies?
# space

will the sun really turn pluto habitable as it dies?

When our sun becomes a red giant at the end of its life, will it really be able to warm the outer solar system enough for a new burst of life to emerge?

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