articles tagged: realpolitik
the real reason why hate continues to flourish on social media
# tech

the real reason why hate continues to flourish on social media

What's holding the tech giants back from addressing racists and bigots trying to overrun their platforms isn't the limits of their technology. It's fear.

the online freedom that was never there
# tech

the online freedom that was never there

Techno-utopians sold a world on the narrative that the web was built for a free exchange of information. But that's never actually been true...

why tech companies can’t prevent censorship
# tech

why tech companies can’t prevent censorship

Foreign policy wonks want tech companies to battle censorship with the devices they sell to foreign countries. Unfortunately, they can't defeat math, even for a noble cause.

in defense of (some) technocracy
# science

in defense of (some) technocracy

Despite the bad rap technocrats get, they're absolutely needed to keep dogma and blind faith from hijacking the day to day working of governments.

the flawed case for benevolent authoritarianism
# politics

the flawed case for benevolent authoritarianism

Living under constant surveillance does have some benefits like deterring crime and catching frauds and cheats, argues Charles Kenny.

nasa doesn’t care about other planets
# space

nasa doesn’t care about other planets

Planetary scientists who want to study plants other than Mars and very unhappy with what they see as NASA's obsession with the red planet.

the peter principle stacks the deck against science
# science

the peter principle stacks the deck against science

Too many of the lawmakers who sit on the House Science and Technology Committee are the absolute worst people to be on such a committee.

what’s holding back modern science and technology
# politics

what’s holding back modern science and technology

Two afflictions shared by a majority of the public are dragging down our advancements as a civilization and a species.

when technocrats think they’re better than you
# tech

when technocrats think they’re better than you

There's a fine line between being an expert trying to simplify a complex topic and an arrogant snob lecturing down to your audience. TED's all-stars are starting to cross that line.

a terrible reason to oppose life extension
# tech

a terrible reason to oppose life extension

A popular philosophical objection to life extension is that it would allow terrible people to live longer. The problem is that there will always be terrible people.

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