The Story of Everything

The big picture of human history can be terrifying or comforting, depending on how you look at it. In the grand scheme of things, as individuals, we don’t matter much at all. Stars will die and black holes will swallow galaxies. Entropy will eventually destroy everything—including us. What can we accomplish as a society before that […]

Should We Pull The Plug on Social Media?

What have social media platforms done to our society? That’s the unsettling question that international reporter Max Fisher explores in The Chaos Machine. With many examples of how Big Tech has earned billions of dollars by spreading violence, misinformation, and hate speech, Fisher examines how Facebook and other platforms have caused chaos all over the world. […]

Data Doesn’t Lie

Your intuition is a liar. It’s safer to trust the numbers, but data-driven answers are often not what you would expect. They may point to different decisions than what your instincts are telling you. In Don’t Trust Your Gut, data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz demonstrates how data-driven decision making can improve every area of your life. Make More […]

What AI Doesn’t Know

Artificial intelligence has made a lot of headlines this year, but for now, data is still pretty dumb. The human brain can grasp cause and effect, which keeps us a step ahead. But AI isn’t too far behind. We have the edge because we use sophisticated models to think about problems. These models help us […]

The Original Space Race

In recent years, billionaires have been driving innovation in outer space. Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have already been, and Elon Musk has his sights set on Mars. It’s strange to think that, in the 1960s, the Space Race was driven by the American and Soviet governments, who were locked in a dangerous, but exciting, […]

What is Climatic Depression?

The climate problem has been building for a long time. Since 1880, the average global temperature has increased by around 1 degree Celsius. That may not sound like a lot, but the results over time will be catastrophic. This is not just an environmental problem, but also a financial and business problem. Researchers believe that […]

Will AI Help You Live Longer?

The field of health care has experienced expansive progress in the past decades. But at the same time, the practice of medicine has become increasingly dehumanized. Doctors have less time to spend with their patients, which means more misdiagnoses and other mistakes. On top of that, human practitioners are prone to error. There are around […]

Is Big Data Coming For You?

Welcome to the Big Data economy, where companies extract value from the study of how you behave online. The algorithms these companies use can be tools that help us google information or choose which show to binge on Netflix. But they can also perpetuate inequity and harm—and will divide the world if we allow them […]

Let’s Avoid the Robot Uprising

If we’ve learned one thing from movies and television, it’s that the robot uprising is going to be rough for us humans. Machines made of metal tend to have an advantage over old-fashioned flesh and blood. Who among us has time to meet an army of murderous computers on some apocalyptic battlefield? Don’t we already […]

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