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Technology is now forcing us to confront the ethics of bringing people back from the dead

February 22nd, 2017 at 4:24 pm » Comments Off

Imagine you have a close friend you frequently communicate with via text. One day, they suddenly die. You reel, you cry, you attend their funeral. Then you decide to pick up your phone and send them a message, just like old times. “I miss you,” you type. A little response bubble appears at the bottom of […]



Americans reject the ‘homeschool myth’ — experts say it might be better than public or charter schools

February 7th, 2017 at 11:41 am » Comments Off

During Betsy DeVos’ recent three-hour confirmation hearing to become President Donald Trump’s education secretary, charter schools came up no fewer than 60 times. Homeschooling was mentioned once. Charter schools have become a significant part of the US public-education system and now educate 2.5 million kids. But homeschooling has quietly experienced a surge in recent years too. Brian Ray, a […]



Volunteering from home will soon be as common as working from home

January 27th, 2017 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

We’re all familiar with the concept of working from home—and in 2017 volunteering from home will become just as ubiquitous. A busy life, working two jobs, unsociable working hours, and living in a remote location can all make it difficult for people to give time or money to good causes in their community. But technology now […]



Child care shortage has real consequences for working families

January 10th, 2017 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

One of the most stressful questions a new parent confronts is, “Who’s going to take care of my baby when I go back to work?” Figuring out the answer to that question is often not easy. When NPR, along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, surveyed more than 1,000 […]



The Future of Recruiting with Top Futurist Thomas Frey

December 23rd, 2016 at 11:14 am » Comments Off

Thomas Frey is the executive director at the DaVinci Institute and a renowned futurist speaker. We got on the phone to discuss what the future holds for recruiting: how employers will find talent, who they will be looking for, what skills and traits will matter most, and how employment and the workplace will evolve in the times ahead. NOTE: […]



Think exponentially and better predict the future

December 9th, 2016 at 2:33 pm » Comments Off

We humans aren’t great predictors of the future. For most of history, our experience has been “local and linear.” Not much change occurred generation to generation: We used the same tools, ate the same meals, lived in the same general place.



Gravity lights the world with this brand new technology

December 2nd, 2016 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Could you create light from a bag of rocks and a downward force? The answer may surprise you. Creating a future that’s bright and safe for all is at the heart of GravityLight – the lamp that’s lighting areas of the world with limited access to electricity using the power of (you guessed it) gravity.



Can robots make moral decisions and should they?

November 17th, 2016 at 2:35 pm » Comments Off

What happens when artificial intelligence has to make tough moral choices—say, a self-driving car that must decide whether to avoid hitting a child, even if it means plowing into an oncoming vehicle full of adults?



Cities Are Making Parking (and Cars) Obsolete

November 1st, 2016 at 6:28 am » Comments Off

As the global population becomes increasingly urbanized, city leaders will have to find ways to prepare for the influx of people—and their cars.



Amid slowing growth for panels Elon Musk wants to sell you a better-looking solar roof

October 31st, 2016 at 6:38 am » Comments Off

Like some kind of 21st century Willy Wonka, audacious entrepreneur Elon Muskchose a prime spot on the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot tour to unveil his latest attempt to energize an industry — roofs that generate solar power but look like no other. Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, showcased a line of high-design solar roof tiles that would replace clunky […]



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