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how weird things is getting ready for a fresh new hell in 2019
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how weird things is getting ready for a fresh new hell in 2019

Weird Things has returned, but because this hiatus was so different, so is the comeback. This site is changing in new and very important ways to tackle the year ahead.

the automation paradox in developing nations
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the automation paradox in developing nations

While rapidly accelerating automation should make it easier to modernize nations still mired in poverty, in the real world, it’s upending the economic models on which development experts rely...

hyperloops: a sleek, futuristic, high-concept solution in search of a problem
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hyperloops: a sleek, futuristic, high-concept solution in search of a problem

Hyperloop designers are dreaming big, which is admirable. What’s less admirable is their failure to dream of practical solutions to real world problems.

why emojis don’t deserve the hate they get
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why emojis don’t deserve the hate they get

According to researchers and experts, emojis aren’t replacing the written word, they’re just helping us understand the emotional context in which that written word was deployed.

why sex robots won’t satisfy incels
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why sex robots won’t satisfy incels

What do sex workers, psychologists, and engineers think about futurists' and pundits' ideas of sci-fi style robot brothels to help angry celibate men?

house republicans take on google, own selves in process
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house republicans take on google, own selves in process

When the internet really doesn’t like you, there isn’t much you can do but get better. Just don’t tell that to angry aging lawmakers. They will refuse to believe you.

how your smartphone is eliminating the checkout line
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how your smartphone is eliminating the checkout line

Some Canadians are trying to save cashier jobs. But their phones and cheap, proven technology is poised to eliminate having to check out altogether.

how the gig economy ate the post-industrial world and how to escape its clutches
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how the gig economy ate the post-industrial world and how to escape its clutches

We should take the gig economy’s rapid growth and global impact as a warning that we need to make some major changes, and we need to make them very quickly.

we can make online voting safe and secure. but why should we?
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we can make online voting safe and secure. but why should we?

Voting online would be easy and convenient for millions of voters. But won’t solve big problems and we already have an almost equally convenient way to cast your ballot.

dissecting the one supercomputer to rule them all
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dissecting the one supercomputer to rule them all

Imagine a computer the size of a solar system, powered by a star and built for speed. It sounds impressive, but it may not be as good of an idea as it may seem.

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