Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: Corporate Manipulation


The Pirate Bay is secretly running a Bitcoin miner in the background, increasing your CPU usage

September 18th, 2017 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

When it comes to the Pirate Bay, it’s usually movie studios, music producers and software creators that get annoyed with the site — you know, copyright and all that. But in an interesting twist it is now users who find themselves irked by — and disappointed in — the most famous torrent site in the […]



Tech firm starts microchipping employees so they can buy potato chips

August 4th, 2017 at 9:56 am » Comments Off

Why hire robots when you can just turn your humans into robots?



Have we reached peak beer?

April 25th, 2017 at 1:06 pm » Comments Off

When craft brewers get together, we agree that this is the greatest time in history to be a beer drinker in America. In 1981, there were only 82 breweries in the United States, and our beer, fizzy and flavorless, was the laughingstock of the beer world. Today, America is home to over 5,300 small, innovative […]



How Japan can solve its huge sex problem

February 21st, 2017 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

It’s the kind of stat you might casually tell a friend at a bar: For the last six years, Japan has sold more adult diapers than baby diapers. But Japan’s fertility problems are far more grave than toilet-related trivia. Over the last decade, Japan has seen its elderly population swell, new family-planning stall, and its economy shrink because of persistently low […]



This is how the U.S. Patent Office screwed up

June 30th, 2016 at 10:26 am » Comments Off

What was once a haven for innovation, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is now rocked by the velocity of technological change and roiled by “patent trolls.” Could it be that the biggest impediment that innovators now face is the very system that was created to protect them?



Pharmeceutical companies need to change their business strategies to keep up in the digital age

May 7th, 2016 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

High drug prices are restricting people who need access to potentially life saving medications, from getting what they need. In the U.S. when government authorized patents expire, pharmaceutical companies rush to buy the patents and raise the prices of drugs by 6,000 percent. Martin Shkreli, at a conference, said he didn’t go far enough when raising […]



The Shrinking Income of Young Americans

January 8th, 2015 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

American families are grappling with stagnant wage growth, as the costs of health care, education, and housing continue to climb. But for many of America’s younger workers, “stagnant” wages shouldn’t sound so bad. In fact, they might sound like a massive raise.



Preventing Patent Trolling

January 6th, 2015 at 2:52 pm » Comments Off

The last decade was a boom time for patent trolls. Their names and lawsuits made the news; This American Life dedicated two hour-long episodes to them. The number of defendants in patent troll lawsuits increased sixfold from 2003 through last year. But now the tides seem to be turning for them: After growing very rapidly […]



56.1% of Paid Online Ads are Never Seen

January 4th, 2015 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

An incredible 56.1% of ads on the internet are not seen by humans, according to new research released today by Google. “With the advancement of new technologies we now know that many display ads that are served never actually have the opportunity to be seen by a user,” said Google group product manager Sanaz Ahari […]



It’s Illegal to Live off the Grid in the State of Florida

January 2nd, 2015 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

Robin Speronis lives off the grid in Florida, completely independent of the city’s water and electric system. A few weeks ago, officials ruled her off-grid home illegal. Officials cited the International Property Maintenance Code, which mandates that homes be connected to an electricity grid and a running water source. That’s like saying our dependency on […]



22 predictions square