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We need Elon Musk much more than he needs us

November 5th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Heroes are not created equal. Most people recognize the name Sully Sullenberger, but far fewer can tell you what Alan Turing did during World War II. Fewer still could tell you that Turing was chemically castrated because he was gay, and committed suicide shortly thereafter. But thanks for bringing one of the most horrifying wars […]



How a team of innovators overcame the odds to create water from thin air

October 28th, 2018 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Today, 790 million people — 11 percent of the world’s population — live without access to clean water. Two years ago, XPrize, an international nonprofit organization, announced a global competition enticing innovators to find a sustainable and affordable way to bring potable water to those who aren’t privileged enough to have it now. Skeptics told […]



Amazing solar panel device is now open source

July 25th, 2018 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Anyone who has wanted to generate their own energy and filter their own water can now do so with an amazing open source device. Speaking on stage at Inspirefest 2018, Chinese-Canadian mechanical and electrical engineer Eden Full Goh described what inspired her to develop a cheap, easy-to-build solar panel device called the SunSaluter.



A new way to think about solving the world’s biggest problems

July 12th, 2018 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

How to build global cooperation. It’s SIMPOL! A while back I received a book in the mail titled “The SIMPOL Solution: A New Way to Think About Solving the World’s Biggest Problems” by John Bunzl and Nick Duffell, who were unknown to me. I get sent a lot of books with grandiose titles and don’t […]



The web had failed to serve humanity: Tim Berners-Lee was crushed when Russia used Facebook to meddle in U.S. elections

July 6th, 2018 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

World wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was “devastated” by recent abuses of the web, in an interview with Vanity Fair. He is working on a new platform, named Solid, to re-decentralise the internet and take power away from monopolies like Google and Facebook. He still has hope that the internet can become […]



Toronto pay-what-you-can store aims to tackle landfills and hunger

June 30th, 2018 at 9:13 am » Comments Off

Initiative aims to reduce dumping of ‘waste’ and sell it at prices set by buyers. In a bright, airy Toronto market, the shelves are laden with everything from organic produce to pre-made meals and pet food. What shoppers won’t find, however, is price tags. In what is believed to be a North American first, everything […]



Amazon is recruiting people to start delivery businesses. Here’s why I think some people could get rich

June 29th, 2018 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

There’s risk in any business. But if you asked me to invest in a business with these built-in advantages, I’d certainly listen. I know a lot of people who have made a ton of money on Amazon. Now, Amazon says it wants to recruit entrepreneurs to build a national network of small, independent delivery companies–driving […]



How data scientists are using AI for suicide prevention

June 14th, 2018 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

The Crisis Text Line uses machine learning to figure out who’s at risk and when to intervene. When horrible news — like the deaths by suicide of chef, author, and TV star Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade, or the 2015 Paris attacks — breaks, crisis counseling services often get deluged with calls from […]



How the world’s first loneliness minister will tackle the sad reality of modern life

April 30th, 2018 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

A woman holds the report of the Jo Cox Commission on December 15, 2017 in Batley, England. The report has highlighted that the UK should appoint a “minister for loneliness.” Tracey Crouch knows what it’s like to feel frighteningly alone. After giving birth to her first child, Freddie, in 2016, the British lawmaker says that […]



Life… UNLIMITED: Beating ageing is set to become the biggest business in the world, say tycoons

March 28th, 2018 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Silicon Valley billionaires are investing in slowing the ageing process They include PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos Investor Jim Mellon is leading the anti-ageing race on this side of the Atlantic



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