In 2009 the U.S. graduated 89,140 students in the visual and performing arts, more than in computer science, math and chemical engineering combined and more than double the number of visual and performing arts graduates in 1985.
It often seems like everything you do, touch, or eat can make you smarter or dumber. But that’s not quite the case.
About the abuse of information to achieve a desired effect that negatively affects society.
Price inflation remains relatively subdued in the rich world, even though central banks are busily printing money. But other types of inflation are rampant.
A virulent monster is dangerously out of control. Let us slay it together
Felix Salmon recently proposed an interesting new profit source for newspapers like The New York Times. Citing the Times’s recent expose on Walmart and the resulting drop in the company’s share price, Salmon wonders why the company doesn’t charge companies for early access to big stories.
When a product is able to become tightly coupled with a thought, an emotion, or a pre-existing habit, it creates an “internal trigger.” Unlike external triggers, which are sensory stimuli, like a phone ringing or an ad online telling us to “click here now!,” you can’t see, touch, or hear an internal trigger. Internal triggers manifest automatically in the mind and creating them is the brass ring of consumer technology.
Is “free will” doomed to manipulation by modern psychology powered by big data?
Over the last decade, we’ve become obsessed with the end of the world — and it’s hurting us all
When we free ourselves from the hypnotic spell of apocalypse, when we let go of our desire to see how things will turn out, we are free to answer a more important question. Not, are my beliefs correct ? But, how do I live in accord with my values right now ? Our insistence that a new world is coming later is a delusion; it is already here.
RE: “The Last Myth” by Mathew Barrett Gross, Mel Gilles
We recently solicited your questions for Peter Diamandis, founder and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, and journalist Steven Kotler. They are co-authors of the new book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. Below are their answers about the need for jobs (it’s not what you may suspect), the distribution of wealth, and the technological breakthrough that led the price of aluminum to plummet.
Our problem is not that we don’t have enough stuff—it’s that we don’t have enough ways for people to work and prove that they deserve this stuff.
The National Security Agency’s immensely secret project in the Utah desert will intercept, analyze, and store yottabytes of the world’s communications—including yours.