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A.I. Has Potential to Change the Future But Adoption Is Slow | Fortune
A.I. has the potential to add $16 trillion globally to the GDP, but only has an adoption rate of about 4% so far. In addition to the learning curve, there are plenty of steps that need to be taken before A.I. can even become usable in a business.
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3 days ago by josephaleo
Other Worlds and This One - Lightspeed Magazine
When I finally visit Hugh Everett, it’s 1982. We sit down and pahnah pours himself a glass of sherry and lights a cig before asking me about the purpose of my visit.
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3 days ago by josephaleo
Life After Technological Unemployment: Not Necessarily Gloom & Doom
Many people lament about the potential of some technological advances to render some jobs obsolete resulting in mass unemployment. Technological unemployment is the unemployment that arises from technology replacing jobs.
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7 days ago by josephaleo
Could a Madman Use Synbio to Wipe Out Humanity? – Power Trip – Medium
A noxious strain of H5N1 flu started killing people in 2003. It ranks among history’s most lethal viruses. But one of its cousins is much more famous. Popularly known as swine flu, that cousin is…
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7 days ago by josephaleo
The Deadly Gamble on Super A.I. – Power Trip – Medium
This is the third installment of “Privatizing the Apocalypse,” a four-part essay to be published throughout October. Read the previous installments here — Part 1: “The 50/50 Murder” and Part 2…
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How Tech Empowers Dangerous Lone Wolves – Power Trip – Medium
This is the second installment of “Privatizing the Apocalypse,” a four-part essay being published throughout October. Read Part 1: “The 50/50 Murder” here. In 2015, a depressive young German named…
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The 50/50 Murder – Power Trip – Medium
This is the first installment of “Privatizing the Apocalypse”, a four-part essay to be published throughout October. A coin will be flipped. If it’s heads, someone dear to you will die. If it’s…
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7 days ago by josephaleo
The Secret of Eternal Growth | IFT
It is an article of faith for the anti-capitalist, anti-trade left that endless economic growth is impossible on a finite planet. The sooner it can be brought to a halt, or even reversed, the better. This month’s IPCC report into the dire consequences of a 1.
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7 days ago by josephaleo
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The sub-genres of -punk have not always had a great history of living up to their names. The aesthetics get hijacked and commercialized, the narratives sanitized and made sheepish.
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“Cyberpunk” has been the go-to imagery of the future for a startlingly long time—Bruce Bethke’s short story of that name is 35 years old, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was released in 1982. We need some newer words for what’s coming next.
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8 days ago by josephaleo
How Horror Changed After WWI | Literary Hub
What exactly constitutes horror? Being spooked by the dark, and by the dead who might return in it, may have haunted the earliest human consciousness.
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9 days ago by josephaleo
10 smart Halloween scares for smart people - The Verge
By now, filmmakers and game designers have jump-scares down to a science.
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11 days ago by josephaleo
Fireflies and algorithms — the coming explosion of companies
Company formation has, so far, been relatively unaltered by the data revolution. But change is coming, and will likely create a massive increase in the speed, number and complexity of companies, all powered by automation of company formation, and driven by demand from new technologies.
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12 days ago by josephaleo
The Rodney Brooks Rules for Predicting a Technology’s Commercial Success - IEEE Spectrum
Building electric cars and reusable rockets is fairly easy. Building a nuclear fusion reactor, flying cars, self-driving cars, or a Hyperloop system is very hard. What makes the difference? The answer, in a word, is experience.
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12 days ago by josephaleo
Kinky Labor Supply and the Attention Tax — Kortina
This essay was co-authored by Andrew Kortina and Namrata Patel. Over the past few decades, labor force participation has sharply dropped for men ages 20-34.
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21 days ago by josephaleo
Is Alexa Dangerous? - The Atlantic
The voice revolution has only just begun. Today, Alexa is a humble servant. Very soon, she could be much more—a teacher, a therapist, a confidant, an informant.
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21 days ago by josephaleo
Low-Carbon Macro | Bank Underground
Governments have pledged to meet the Paris Target of restricting global temperature rises to ‘well below’ 2˚C.  But reducing CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gases means reallocating resources away from high-carbon towards low-carbon activities.
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21 days ago by josephaleo
The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust | The New Yorker
Not long ago, I was in Montreal for a cryptocurrency conference. My hotel, on the top floor of a big building downtown, had a roof garden with a koi pond.
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21 days ago by josephaleo
King Arthur Pendragon Designer’s Notes | Tales to Astound!
Each version of the 5th edition of King Arthur Pendragon includes a set of of Designer’s Notes from Greg Stafford about how he built the game.
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24 days ago by josephaleo
The American Economy Is Rigged - Scientific American
Americans are used to thinking that their nation is special. In many ways, it is: the U.S. has by far the most Nobel Prize winners, the largest defense expenditures (almost equal to the next 10 or so countries put together) and the most billionaires (twice as many as China, the closest competitor).
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25 days ago by josephaleo
Republican lawmakers react to the IPCC report – ‘we have scientists’ too! | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment | The Guardian
Major climate science reports usually pass by largely unnoticed, but in the wake of the latest IPCC report a number of journalists laudably grilled Republican lawmakers about its findings.
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25 days ago by josephaleo
The only individual action that matters is voting for people who care about climate change | The Outline
On October 7, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a massive report that, through careful consideration of more than 6,000 scientific studies, contained a bleak message for anyone who lives on planet Earth.
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26 days ago by josephaleo
What Is Donald Trump’s Response to the U.N.’s Dire Climate Report?  | The New Yorker
Three years ago, when world leaders met in Paris to negotiate a treaty on climate change, one of the sticking points was where to set what might be called the Doomsday Thermometer.
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29 days ago by josephaleo
What to Do When You’re Bad at Money - The New York Times
Personal finance management is a concrete, learnable skill. Here’s where to start. Welcome to the Smarter Living newsletter. The editor, Tim Herrera, emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. Sign up here to get it in your inbox.
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4 weeks ago by josephaleo
UN climate report: How to deal with despair over climate change - Vox
This week, the revered Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a damning report   — more like a prognosis  —  on our impending climate crisis. It’s bleak, y’all. The planet has already warmed by 1 degree Celsius.
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4 weeks ago by josephaleo
Why GM’s Will Love Fate Core | Gnome Stew
In this year’s You Pick It roundup, one of the games you asked us to review was Fate Core. I have been playing Fate Core for the past few months, and happily agreed to cover this game.
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4 weeks ago by josephaleo
Is the Republican Party Still Conservative? - The Atlantic
Ignoring the dictum that if one is not of the left as a young person one has no heart, and not of the right in middle age one has no head, I have always been a conservative.
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6 weeks ago by josephaleo
How to Keep Your Horror Campaign Scary – Mythcreants
Running a horror campaign is one of the most challenging undertakings a GM can attempt. Populating your game with ghosts and monsters is easy, but making your players care is hard. In other mediums, horror depends on control that GMs simply do not have.
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6 weeks ago by josephaleo
How to Terrify Your Players(And make them love it)
Since the dawn of time, humans have been attracted in some way to that which terrifies them.
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6 weeks ago by josephaleo
3 steps to the perfect interview follow-up email
Nailed the job interview? Great. Sending an interview follow-up email is next. Exact steps, pro tips, and an interview follow-up email you can copy.
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6 weeks ago by josephaleo
How to make money on eBay in 37 minutes
How we made over $1,000 from selling things on eBay. Plus, insider tips on how to make money on eBay from Peter Griffith, a senior executive at eBay. Here’s the exact steps we used to make $1,000 selling things on eBay over the last two months.
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6 weeks ago by josephaleo
4 Easy Ways to Lower Your Car Insurance
My first car was a rickety 12-year-old van that belonged to my parents. Actually, to call it “rickety” is being overly generous. That thing was a death trap. I remember having to drive in the right lane so when it broke down (not if) I could pull over without hassle.
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6 weeks ago by josephaleo
How to make extra money: 42 ideas that generate cash
I’m going to let you in on a powerful tip — one that has helped me and thousands of others escape boring jobs and live a Rich Life: There’s no limit to how much extra money you can earn. Many people don’t seem to understand this — and it makes sense.
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6 weeks ago by josephaleo
How to save money with 7 savings wins - I Will Teach You To Be Rich
No "ultra frugality" tips, no guilt. Just actionable ways to save money in the real world. Get the exact strategies and scripts to save money today. Learning how to save money is a big part of living a Rich Life.
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6 weeks ago by josephaleo
For Big Tech, a Comeuppance We’ve Seen Before: On Wall St. - The New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — When I moved to the Bay Area two years ago, it was with a sense of relief. Relief from New York winters and deteriorating subways, yes.
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9 weeks ago by josephaleo
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The Equifax data breach was supposed to change everything about cybersecurity regulation on Capitol Hill. One year later, it's not clear it changed much of anything. Why it matters: A year ago Friday, Equifax — one of the major credit reporting agencies — announced that 145.5 million U.S.
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9 weeks ago by josephaleo
Let me tell you about living my life on the road / Boing Boing
In passing, I've talked about the fact that my wife and I are full-time nomads. Lemme expand on that. A few years back, we bought a 21-year-old RV with the intention of living in it while my wife completed her degree in Vancouver, Canada.
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9 weeks ago by josephaleo
Bots & Ballots: Expert predicts bots to mess with midterms
American democracy still has a glaring propaganda problem. Automated bot accounts that spread disinformation and sowed disgust and confusion among voters during the 2016 presidential election are poised to wreak havoc again in this year’s midterm elections, according to a leading expert.
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9 weeks ago by josephaleo
Vacation and travel tips for trip around the world - Business Insider
Planning to travel to another country takes hard work. Before you kick off your dream vacation, there's a seemingly endless checklist of things to accomplish, from applying for a visa and finding an affordable flight to figuring out the subway system once you land.
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10 weeks ago by josephaleo
Privatizing Poverty | Kim Phillips-Fein
In 1962, Michael Harrington—a former Catholic Worker adherent and follower of Dorothy Day turned socialist activist—published a short book that sought to shatter the complacency of postwar affluence: The Other America.
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11 weeks ago by josephaleo
Google Strategy Teardown: Google Is Turning Itself Into An AI Company As It Seeks To Win New Markets Like Cloud And Transportation
Google's next big thing will likely come from one of its new priority areas, like cloud, transportation, and healthcare. Each has a massive, global addressable market and plays well to Google's strength in AI.
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11 weeks ago by josephaleo
How Technology Grows (a Restatement of Definite Optimism)
I consider Definite Optimism as Human Capital to be my most creative piece. Unfortunately, it’s oblique and meandering. So I thought to write a followup to lay out its premises more directly and to offer a restatement of its ideas.
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11 weeks ago by josephaleo
Opinion | We Are Merging With Robots. That’s a Good Thing. - The New York Times
The old boundaries of the human self are being blurred by technology. The risks are real, but the potential is astounding. Mr. Clark is a professor of logic and metaphysics.
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11 weeks ago by josephaleo
Energy and Civilization | The MIT Press
Energy is the only universal currency; it is necessary for getting anything done. The conversion of energy on Earth ranges from terra-forming forces of plate tectonics to cumulative erosive effects of raindrops.
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11 weeks ago by josephaleo
Progressive movement stirs Democrats
MIAMI – In another year, Donna Shalala might have had an easy ride to Washington. Running to become a first-time congresswoman in a Miami seat at age 77, Shalala has long been a member of the Democratic Party elite, with a deep resume that includes supervising U.S.
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11 weeks ago by josephaleo
After the Bitcoin Boom: Hard Lessons for Cryptocurrency Investors - The New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Pete Roberts of Nottingham, England, was one of the many risk-takers who threw their savings into cryptocurrencies when prices were going through the roof last winter.
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11 weeks ago by josephaleo
Yuval Noah Harari extract: ‘Humans have always lived in the age of post-truth. We’re a post-truth species’
We are repeatedly told these days that we are living in a new and frightening era of “post-truth”, and that lies and fictions are all around us. Examples are not hard to come by.
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12 weeks ago by josephaleo
Trump’s Space Force promises to be as dumb as the TV show ‘Space Force’ | The Outline
The announcement of the Space Force, a planned sixth branch of the military, is one of Donald Trumo’s most incomprehensible ideas yet.
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august 2018 by josephaleo
The far right hails ‘Unite the Right’ a success. Its legacy says otherwise | Cas Mudde | Opinion | The Guardian
This weekend the extreme right, or “alt-right”, will descend on Washington DC to try and regain the media spotlight in a rerun of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year. Like most sequels, Unite the Right 2 will be a weak copy of the original.
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august 2018 by josephaleo
Modern tomato vs one grown from 150yo seeds : mildlyinteresting
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august 2018 by josephaleo
The Genetics (and Ethics) of Making Humans Fit for Mars | WIRED
In May of 1969, Apollo 10 flew at 25,000 miles per hour. Two months later, the crew of Apollo 11 walked on the moon. Since then, no one has flown so fast nor walked so high.
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august 2018 by josephaleo
How Did the Climate Apocalypse Become Old News?
There has been a lot of burning lately. Last week, wildfires broke out in the Arctic Circle, where temperatures reached almost 90 degrees; they are still roiling northern Sweden, 21 of them.
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august 2018 by josephaleo
Why Was the 20th Century Not a Chinese Century?: An Outtake from "Slouching Towards Utopia?: An Economic History of the Long 20th Century"
10000 words on why the 20th Century was not a Chinese century. Very few of these belong in a 20th Century history book, alas... White glass from across the Western Seas Is imported through Macao: Fashioned into lenses big as coins, They encompass the eyes in a double frame.
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august 2018 by josephaleo
How Creatives Should Negotiate | The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss
This episode is a workshop on negotiating. Out of all the resources out there on how to negotiate, 99 percent of them are piss-poor — but I guarantee you this isn’t one of them. Your teacher in this episode is Ramit Sethi.
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august 2018 by josephaleo
The Fascinating Story Behind Why We Wear Pants
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july 2018 by josephaleo
Exclusive Interview: Thomas Ligotti on Weird Fiction | Weird Fiction Review
Thomas Ligotti (1953 — ) is an iconic American writer of weird short fiction whose oeuvre has been as ground-breaking as, if not always as well-acknowledged as, that of Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, and H.P. Lovecraft.
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july 2018 by josephaleo
The video games of Ecuadorean fishing village Santa Marianita - Polygon
If you made a different turn heading toward the coastline, you’d miss Santa Marianita entirely. Wedged between Manta and the Pacific Ocean, the small, 5,000-person Ecuadorean fishing village isn’t on the map.
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july 2018 by josephaleo
Survival of the Richest
The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind
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july 2018 by josephaleo
We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air. - The New York Times
Smartphones were once the best thing to happen to the tech industry — and for a while, it seemed, to all of us, too.
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july 2018 by josephaleo
Terms of Service Violation
Apple Inc. is about to pump up the volume on its audio-device strategy, planning higher-end AirPods, a new HomePod and studio-quality over-ear headphones for as early as next year, according to people familiar with the matter.
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july 2018 by josephaleo
hmltd are the glitter kids ripping up london's music scene - i-D
Picture the scene: a dark, sweaty night at London's Corsica Studios. Six androgynous club kids, dressed head-to-toe in velvet, faces full of make-up. The sound's too loud. The guitars keep knocking out of tune. The singer throws a seven-foot polystyrene model of a crucified Christ into the audience.
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june 2018 by josephaleo
Let Us Tell You S'more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat
The gooey snack became popular thanks to technological advances of the Industrial Revolution, which brought cheap sweets to the masses This summer, 45 million pounds of marshmallows will be toasted over a fire in America.
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june 2018 by josephaleo
2018 will be the year of open banking. Here’s everything you need to know.
Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) arrived in Europe. This directive has for the first time forced European banks to open up their API’s to fintech and other financial companies.
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june 2018 by josephaleo
The Psychology of Dread Tasks - Daniel Gross
There are things you want to do. There are things you need to do. Sometimes these are the same. This post is how to handle life when they aren’t. The sensation of thinking of a task can be pleasant or painful.
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june 2018 by josephaleo
Why We Don’t Read, Revisited
I’ll go out on a limb and say that I don’t think that I got this part wrong. But I’ve often wondered whether I was right about the underlying trend, too.
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june 2018 by josephaleo
To survive our high-speed society, cultivate 'temporal bandwidth' | Alan Jacobs | Opinion | The Guardian
It is hard to imagine a time more completely presentist than our own, more tethered to the immediate; and is hard to imagine a person more exemplary of our presentism than the current president of the United States.
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june 2018 by josephaleo
Banks close 2,900 branches in three years, says Which? - BBC News
About 60 bank branches are closing every month with RBS shutting the most, consumer group Which? has warned. It found that 2,868 branches will have closed between 2015 and the end of 2018, with the number accelerating this year.
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june 2018 by josephaleo
Pankaj Mishra reviews ‘The People v. Democracy’ by Yascha Mounk and ‘Not Enough’ by Samuel Moyn · LRB 21 June 2018
American liberals, Samuel Moyn wrote last year in Dissent, have never broken ‘with the exceptionalist outlook that cast the United States as uniquely virtuous’, but having Trump in the ‘cockpit of American power’ will reveal ‘just how terrifyingly normal a nation we are, with our populist
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june 2018 by josephaleo
AI Nationalism — Ian Hogarth
This presents issues for the US and China and even bigger issues for other countries when it comes to redistributing the gains from automation and reducing inequality.
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june 2018 by josephaleo
What's the Minimum Number of People you Should Send in a Generational Ship to Proxima Centauri? - Universe Today
Humanity has long dreamed about sending humans to other planets, even before crewed spaceflight became a reality.
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june 2018 by josephaleo
LEARNING TO DIE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: INTERVIEW WITH ROY SCRANTON | FOP
LEARNING TO DIE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: INTERVIEW WITH ROY SCRANTON AN INTERVIEW WITH ROY SCRANTON ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK: LEARNING TO DIE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: REFLECTIONS ON THE END OF CIVILIZATIONIn 2013, Roy Scranton published a piece in the The New York Times’ philosophy blog The Stone, titled “L
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june 2018 by josephaleo
Working Ethically At Speed – Alix – Medium
‘Faster is different’. Zeynep Tufecki made this point in 2011, to push back on commentators claiming that the digitisation of the public sphere wasn’t materially different. It was ‘only’ accelerating existing dynamics.
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may 2018 by josephaleo
New Giant Viruses Further Blur the Definition of Life | Quanta Magazine
For decades, descriptions of viruses have straddled life and nonlife, a divide that usually isn’t difficult to navigate.
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may 2018 by josephaleo
Can Humans Survive a Faster Future? | RAND
An American consulate is surrounded. At 1:06 p.m. local time, three trucks arrive and a dozen men gripping matte black assault rifles stream out of the vehicles. There might have been an explosion in the compound.
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may 2018 by josephaleo
automation + capitalism = a perfect storm
I have often discussed the automation of work here and how we need to focus our development and education efforts on human competencies that cannot be done by software or machines.
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may 2018 by josephaleo
AI will spell the end of capitalism - The Washington Post
Feng Xiang, a professor of law at Tsinghua University, is one of China’s most prominent legal scholars. He spoke at the Berggruen Institute’s China Center workshop on artificial intelligence in March in Beijing.
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may 2018 by josephaleo
The Quietus | Features | Track-By-Track | Jaz Coleman's Guide To Killing Joke's Absolute Dissent
Killing Joke make an emphatic return this autumn with new album Absolute Dissent. Jaz Coleman guides Rob Haynes through the LP, discussing the apocalypse, geopolitics, population, societal control and why "random acts of kindness" are the only things that matter.
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may 2018 by josephaleo
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