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Five-Part Sharing-Economy Solution to the Refugee Crisis

October 9th, 2015 at 4:14 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  A few weeks ago I was asked to appear on CCTV, the Chinese-American television channel for an interview about the topic of border walls. With the crisis in Syria deepening, affecting bordering countries and virtually all of the European Union, the show’s moderator asked me a series of tough questions about immigration […]

Probability of Singularity in Question

September 10th, 2015 at 4:05 pm » Comments Off

There is a hypothesis by Theodore Modis, that we can expect the rate of technological progress to begin slowing soon, because contrary to Ray Kurzweil, and ilk, technological progress is not exponential, it is logistical. Modis argues that the exponential growth in technology is a fallacy and that the true nature of the growth is […]

When humans live for 1,000 years, marriage won’t make sense

July 14th, 2015 at 4:57 pm » Comments Off

Many peopler were jubilant when the US Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of gay marriage, events that lead to more freedom and equality are positive progress.  However, the fact that marriage—especially to many young people—isn’t as attractive as it once was seems to be missing from most news coverage.  

60 million people forced from their homes because of violence

June 18th, 2015 at 10:36 pm » Comments Off

Mostly capturing the devastation of buildings and the casualties of battle, its harder to visualize the effect of conflict on those who aren’t killed or enlisted to fight.  

Finland’s new government commits to Basic Income experiment

June 16th, 2015 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

The new government in Finland has committed to a Basic Income experiment as part of its program for government which was published in May. The commitment consists of one line: ‘Implement a Basic Income experiment’, in the ‘Health and Welfare’ section of the program.  

Greenwald: iPhone encryption ‘petrified’ NSA

March 24th, 2015 at 2:25 pm » Comments Off

Glenn Greenwald, the writer who first reported on Edward Snowden’s stolen files, says that stronger encryption in Apple’s iPhones and on websites like Facebook has “petrified” the U.S. government because it has made it harder to spy on communications.  

Millennials: keeping up with the news is important, but without paying for it

March 23rd, 2015 at 6:53 pm » Comments Off

According to a report released today by the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, most millennials don’t seek out news on social media, but the vast majority of them get news from social networks once they see it there.  

Harvard professors: Privacy is dead and it’s never coming back

January 27th, 2015 at 1:09 pm » Comments Off

Imagine a world where a department store knows from your buying habits that you’re pregnant even before your family does or mosquito-sized robots fly around stealing samples of your DNA. 

Justice Department making it harder for cops to seize your assets

January 17th, 2015 at 4:45 pm » Comments Off

The U.S. Justice Department announced today that state and local police will no longer be able to use a federal law that allowed the seizure of assets of people for only believing a crime was committed.  

Abusive Spouses are Using Spyware to Track their Victims

January 13th, 2015 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

The use of surveillance software by abusive spouses to monitor the phones and computers of their partners secretly has reached “epidemic proportions” and police are ill-equipped to tackle it, domestic violence campaigners have warned.