Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: New Viewpoints


Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai says there is ‘no question’ that AI needs to be regulated

January 25th, 2020 at 5:12 pm » Comments Off

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge ‘The only question is how to approach it.’ Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai has called for new regulations in the world of AI, highlighting the dangers posed by technology like facial recognition and deepfakes, while stressing that any legislation must balance […]



A survey of 20,000 creatives suggests brainstorming is a giant waste of time

January 19th, 2020 at 9:01 pm » Comments Off

Perhaps more than any other category of professionals, creative types are expected to thrive in brainstorms. In the public’s imagination, their offices are filled with fidget toys and Post-it notes in an array of colors, all meant to absorb some of the energy of a group of fast-thinking, well-dressed hipsters deep in ideation mode. But […]



What will the end of oil dependence mean for geopolitics?

January 3rd, 2020 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

Solar power is one form of renewable energy that is replacing fossil fuels If you want to understand the revolution taking place in renewable energy, come to a power station called Gemasolar in southern Spain. Here, in the dusty plains of Andalusia, they have worked out how to generate solar power 24 hours a day. […]



Science explains why we should all work shorter hours in winter

December 29th, 2019 at 12:16 am » Comments Off

People tend to feel gloomier when the nights draw in and cold weather descends. But altering our working hours to fit the seasons could help lift our mood For many of us, winter, with its chillier days and lingering nights, ushers in with it a general sense of malaise. It’s increasingly difficult to peel ourselves […]



Fewer students are going to college. Here’s why that matters

December 22nd, 2019 at 12:58 pm » Comments Off

This fall, there were nearly 250,000 fewer students enrolled in college than a year ago, according to new numbers out Monday from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks college enrollment by student. “That’s a lot of students that we’re losing,” says Doug Shapiro, who leads the research center at the Clearinghouse. And this […]



Would you want immortal life as a cyborg?

December 19th, 2019 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

Transhumanism can mean uploading one’s mind into cyberspace. But some transhumanists hope to slowly morph into “immortal cyborgs” with endlessly replaceable parts. Five years ago, we were told, we were all turning into cyborgs: Did you recently welcome a child into the world? Congratulations! An upstanding responsible parent such as yourself is surely doing all […]



Scientists pinpoint the age you’re most likely to find meaning in life

December 18th, 2019 at 12:27 pm » Comments Off

What is the meaning of life? But if you’re still searching, take solace in the fact that scientists may have finally found the age when purpose becomes clear. Knowing the answer could be a boon to your physical and mental health — humans tend to thrive with a sense of purpose, their results suggest. Interviews […]



10 business trends that defined the 2010s

December 15th, 2019 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

As this decade draws to a close, it’s natural to look ahead and wonder what the future holds. However, it’s also worth looking back to see how much things have changed in the decade just gone. As I reflected on the 2010s, there were 10 big business trends that defined the outgoing era.



Who wants to tie the knot with a bot? The answer may surprise you!

December 4th, 2019 at 1:00 pm » Comments Off

Fancy a robot as a spouse? Artificial intelligence, that marvel of software, is expected to revolutionize affairs of the human heart. But would algorithmic love still be love? Marriages are made in heaven, we were once told. But heaven might be displaced by technology within a few decades. Credit for this disruption would go to […]



Smart glasses, smart designer babies and the future of work

November 24th, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

John B. Goodenough, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry last month, struggled to learn to read. “Back then,” he says, “You were just a backwards student.” His experience is still all too common, yet he and many like him demonstrate clearly that dyslexia is not a definitive barrier to career achievement. We must […]



The 5 college majors American students most regret picking

November 21st, 2019 at 2:36 pm » Comments Off

Obtaining an undergraduate degree is almost always worth it — bachelor’s degree holders earn 84% more than those with just a high school diploma. However, not all majors are the same, ZipRecruiter found. As tuition costs soar, more students and their families are asking themselves if college is still worth it. Some experts say the […]



What are the ethical consequences of immortality technology?

November 4th, 2019 at 2:06 pm » Comments Off

Detail from The Fountain of Youth (1546) by Lucas Cranach the Elder. Courtesy Wikipedia Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment – both intellectual and financial – by philosophers, scientists and the Silicon Valley set. Several hundred people have already chosen to be […]



are certificates more valuable than college degrees?