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Colleges are upending majors

April 20th, 2019 at 10:57 am » Comments Off

Princeton commencement, 1909. Photo: Paul Thompson/FPG/Getty Images In 1869, at Harvard, Charles Eliot invented the college major as we know it — each student would be channeled into a specialized area of study, and move on to a stable, lifelong job. The big picture: A century and a half later, American colleges pump out some […]



The importance of foresight : Why intuition and imagination will be critical in the future of work

April 16th, 2019 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

In his book Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman refers to the parts of our brain, where he suggests there are two competing intelligence at play. He specifies one area affiliated to “system 1” which is known to be an area relying on speed in decision making and on emotion in information perceiving. System 1 […]



Five key ideas you need to understand now if you want to be ready for the world of 2030

April 14th, 2019 at 1:59 pm » Comments Off

With a new series of the BBC science podcast Futureproofing on air this month, presenter Timandra Harkness explains how to get ready for the world of the future. Just a building that keeps the rain out and your clean underwear in? Think again. The home of 2030 will be smart, connected and emotional. “Our notion […]



How a Bitcoin evangelist made himself vanish, in 15 (not so easy) steps

March 19th, 2019 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

In October 2017, a SWAT team descended on Jameson Lopp’s house in North Carolina. Someone — it still isn’t clear who — had called the police and falsely claimed that a shooter at the home had killed someone and taken a hostage. After the police left, Mr. Lopp received a call threatening more mayhem if […]



Physicists reverse time using quantum computer

March 19th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology teamed up with colleagues from the U.S. and Switzerland and returned the state of a quantum computer a fraction of a second into the past. They also calculated the probability that an electron in empty interstellar space will spontaneously travel back into its recent past. The […]



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