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Who Will Prosper in the New World

By TYLER COWEN August 31, 2013, 2:05 pm NYTimes elf-driving vehicles threaten to send truck drivers to the unemployment office. Computer programs can now write journalistic accounts of sporting events and stock price movements. There are even computers that can grade essay exams with reasonable accuracy, which could revolutionize my own job, teaching. Increasingly, machines […]

Money Makes ALL the Difference

by JACKSON ALLISON JULY 25, 2013, 4:29 PM BigThink University of California’s Paul Piff led a series of experiments that delved into the behavior associated with the rising income inequality in the United States. What he found was incredibly surprising. Piff found a link between wealth and unseemly behavior. In one experiment, Piff placed an […]

Why Are Some People So Smart? The Answer Could Spawn a Generation of Superbabies

BY JOHN BOHANNON07.16.136:30 AM Wired HAO BOWEN IS LATE FOR A SATANIC HEAVY METAL CONCERT. After haggling the doorman down to half price, he pushes into a Beijing bar with a ceiling low enough to punch. He follows the shriek of guitars down a corridor and into a mosh pit lit by strobe lights. It’s […]

The Class Problem in America Today

by CHARLES MURRAY JULY 21, 2013, 5:00 AM Big Think The problem of new classes in this country isn’t just that we’ve got a new upper class that’s isolated. We’ve also got a new kind of lower class. And let me put it in terms of whites, non-Latino whites. Just to make it clear, I […]

Privacy and the Threat to the Self

By MICHAEL P. LYNCH June 22, 2013, 7:00 pm NYTimes In the wake of continuing revelations of government spying programs and the recent Supreme Court ruling on DNA collection – both of which push the generally accepted boundaries against state intrusion on the person — the issue of privacy is foremost on the public mind. […]

Study: To Prevent Abuse of Power, Focus on Procedure, Not Results

by DAVID BERREBY JUNE 13, 2013, 5:42 PM BigThink If there’s one thing that unites the good guys in movies and TV shows, it’s a hatred of “procedure”—those legal niceties that get the bad guys out of jail and prevent the hero from finding the bomb in time. Who cares about regulations? Results are what […]


Michael Huesemann & Joyce Huesemann May 2013 Utne Reader Techno-Fix (New Society Publishers, 2011) shows that negative unintended consequences of technology are inherently predictable and unavoidable, techno-optimism is completely unjustified, and modern technology, in the presence of continued economic growth, does not promote sustainability, but hastens collapse. The co-authors demonstrate that most technological solutions to […]

The Difference Between Linear and Exponential Thinking

by PETER DIAMANDIS MAY 23, 2013, 9:00 AM BigThink As humans we evolved on this planet over the last hundreds of thousands of years in an environment that I would call local and linear. It was a local and linear environment because the only things that affected you as you were growing up on the […]

If Your Shrink Is A Bot, How Do You Respond?

May 20, 2013 3:04 AM by ALIX SPIEGEL NPR er hair is brown and tied back into a professional-looking ponytail. She wears a blue shirt, tan sweater and delicate gold chain. It’s the first time she has met the man sitting across from her, and she looks out at him, her eyes curious. “So how […]

Therapy’s About To Get Virtual

MAY 21, 2013, 3:00 PM by KECIA LYNN BigThink “Ellie” is the name scientists at USC have given to a combination of hardware and software that together presents patients with a highly realistic virtual therapist. While her rendered image appears on the screen, three devices track and record the patient’s words, tone, facial movements, and […]