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4 days ago by rdr
China Is Wasting Less Solar and Wind Power
In the first quarter of 2019, China wasted 2.7%, or 1.24 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), of the solar power it generated, and 4%, or 4.35 billion kWh, of wind-generated power, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in a press conference last week. This marks major progress, with curtailment down 1.7 percentage points and 4.5 percentage points from the same figures a year earlier.
windpower  solar  china  climate  optimism 
6 days ago by yorksranter
The Existential Crisis Plaguing Online Extremism Researchers
Oh god. This, so much:
Many researchers in the field cut their teeth as techno-optimists, studying the positive aspects of the internet—like bringing people together to enhance creativity or further democratic protest, á la the Arab Spring—says Marwick. But it didn’t last.

The past decade has been an exercise in dystopian comeuppance to the utopian discourse of the '90s and ‘00s. Consider Gamergate, the Internet Research Agency, fake news, the internet-fueled rise of the so-called alt-right, Pizzagate, QAnon, Elsagate and the ongoing horrors of kids YouTube, Facebook’s role in fanning the flames of genocide, Cambridge Analytica, and so much more.

“In many ways, I think it [the malaise] is a bit about us being let down by something that many of us really truly believed in,” says Marwick. Even those who were more realistic about tech—and foresaw its misuse—are stunned by the extent of the problem, she says. “You have to come to terms with the fact that not only were you wrong, but even the bad consequences that many of us did foretell were nowhere near as bad as the actual consequences that either happened or are going to happen.”

[.....] “It's not that one of our systems is broken; it's not even that all of our systems are broken,” says Phillips. “It's that all of our systems are working ... toward the spread of polluted information and the undermining of democratic participation.”

(via Paul Moloney)
future  grim  dystopia  tech  optimism  web  internet  gamergate  wired  via:oceanclub 
12 days ago by jm
Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Always Late — and What to Do About It
Whether it’s a giant infrastructure plan or a humble kitchen renovation, it’ll inevitably take way too long and cost way too much.
planning  estimation  productivity  project  bias  error  delay  optimism  fallacy 
16 days ago by lgtout
Steven Pinker’s Ideas About Progress Are Fatally Flawed. These Eight Graphs Show Why. – Patterns of Meaning
I agree with much of what Pinker has to say. His book is stocked with seventy-five charts and graphs that provide incontrovertible evidence for centuries of progress on many fronts that should matter to all of us: an inexorable decline in violence of all sorts along with equally impressive increases in health, longevity, education, and human rights. It’s precisely because of the validity of much of Pinker’s narrative that the flaws in his argument are so dangerous. They’re concealed under such a smooth layer of data and eloquence that they need to be carefully unraveled. That’s why my response to Pinker is to meet him on his own turf: in each section, like him, I rest my case on hard data exemplified in a graph.
steven_pinker  capitalism  historical_revisionism  growth  progressivism  optimism 
17 days ago by perich
YES! Magazine
Journalism for people building a better world
optimism  solutions 
23 days ago by amoore
Brain Rules for Aging Well - by John Medina | Derek Sivers
Seniors who are optimistic live a healthy 7.5 years longer than seniors who aren’t. Optimism exerts a measurable effect on their brain. The volume of their hippocampus doesn’t shrink nearly as much as the pessimist’s does.
aging  brain  optimism  life 
4 weeks ago by mattrud
Most of us are wrong about how the world has changed (especially those who are pessimistic about the future) - Our World in Data
via Pocket - Most of us are wrong about how the world has changed (especially those who are pessimistic about the future) - Added August 13, 2018 at 10:22PM
IFTTT  Pocket  optimism  pessimism 
6 weeks ago by lgalli
2017 Annual Letter / Warren Buffet's Best Investment | Global Health | Bill Gates
2017 Annual letter from Bill + Melinda Gates about the global health work that the Gates Foundation has been involved in - linked to from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qf-D1Upn-KU, Mark Rober's video on extremely low-cost medical equipment (microscope + centrifuge for under a dollar, with no electricity needed)
poverty  medicine  health  infographic  optimism  essay 
9 weeks ago by mindways

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