technology

Why Environmentalists Pose a Bigger Obstacle to Effective Climate Policy than Denialists

Why Environmentalists Pose a Bigger Obstacle to Effective Climate Policy than Denialists

In the recent Netflix smash hit Don’t Look Up, scientists try to warn the world about a comet hurtling towards Earth that is going to wipe out human civilization and possibly life itself. Except, no-one wants to hear the bad news: the US president is too busy with the

Maarten Boudry
Maarten Boudry
9 min read
Environment
Machine Learning, Deep Fakes, and the Threat of an Artificially Intelligent Hate-Bot

Machine Learning, Deep Fakes, and the Threat of an Artificially Intelligent Hate-Bot

Fake news isn’t new. More than a century ago, newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer helped stir up enthusiasm for war against Spain by hyping the dubious claim that Spanish agents had used explosives to sink the USS Maine in Havana Harbor. The cry of “Remember

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
6 min read
AI Debate
A Contrarian View of Digital Health

A Contrarian View of Digital Health

“The pursuit of health is a symptom of unhealth.” —Petr SkrabanekPicture Jim from Kentucky. A farmer, tall, Peterbilt hat. Just retired. He takes basic meds for high blood pressure and diabetes. Arthritis slows him but he has no cardiac symptoms. He plays cards, goes fishing and hangs out with his

John Mandrola
John Mandrola
5 min read
Health
Down the Rabbit Hole of Political Intolerance in Silicon Valley

Down the Rabbit Hole of Political Intolerance in Silicon Valley

Editor’s note: Blake J. Harris is the bestselling author of Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation, which is currently being adapted for television by Legendary Entertainment, producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and Scott Rudin. His second book, The History of The Future—which

Blake J. Harris and Clay Routledge
Blake J. Harris and Clay Routledge
9 min read
interview
We Can Put an End to State Bidding Wars

We Can Put an End to State Bidding Wars

In a crashing finale to its corporate headquarters search saga, Amazon announced that it is withdrawing from its commitment to New York. Politicians have responded with mixed reactions, with some hailing the decision as a victory for the middle-class locals who came out in droves against the deal proposed by

Christopher Sabaitis
Christopher Sabaitis
6 min read
economics
Deepfakes and the Threat to Privacy and Truth

Deepfakes and the Threat to Privacy and Truth

You just crossed into the twilight zone. “Photographs furnish evidence,” wrote Susan Sontag in On Photography. “A photograph passes for incontrovertible proof that a given thing happened.” Sontag went on to write of how photographs can misrepresent situations. But do they even have to show real objects? When you open

Ben Sixsmith
Ben Sixsmith
5 min read
recent
Video Games and the (Male) Meaning of Life

Video Games and the (Male) Meaning of Life

Virtual worlds give back what has been scooped out of modern life . . . it gives us back community, a feeling of competence, and a sense of being an important person whom people depend on. —Jonathan Gottschall When I was seven, my parents bought me and my brother an Atari 2600, the

Andrew Yang
Andrew Yang
8 min read
economics