Category: Economics

What If We Merge Human and Machine ?

What If We Merge Human and Machine ?

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO said on Monday that humans need to merge with machines to become a sort of cyborg. Musk explained what he meant by saying that computers can communicate at “a trillion bits...

Daniel Dennett Dissects a Bad Thought Experiment

Daniel Dennett Dissects a Bad Thought Experiment

Scientists and philosophers like to think that they’re very sober, rational people who are above the need to advertise. And yet, if you look closely you’ll see that they often go to great lengths...

The Rise of the Machines – Why Automation is Different this Time

The Rise of the Machines – Why Automation is Different this Time

The automation is going to take over those jobs too, and pretty much every unskilled AND skilled job that exists.

Storing the Sun’s Energy in Liquid Could Change Solar Forever

Storing the Sun’s Energy in Liquid Could Change Solar Forever

Researchers have just found two new ways to make solar power more efficient. Could this solve our energy crisis?

Why Using Your GPS Is Ruining Your Brain

Why Using Your GPS Is Ruining Your Brain

In the UK, volunteers underwent a series of simulated tests while fMRIs captured their brain activity.  When the volunteers were navigating on their own – without GPS – researchers noted spikes of activity in...

They were opioid addicts on their way to recovery. Then the hurricane hit.

They were opioid addicts on their way to recovery. Then the hurricane hit.

Methadone is a long-acting prescription opioid primarily used as a replacement therapy for opioid addiction. Patients are prescribed controlled doses of the drug to help them recover from heroin or painkiller addiction. There are...

Life Inside a Secret Chinese Bitcoin Mine

Life Inside a Secret Chinese Bitcoin Mine

The town itself is so high up in the mountains that you have to bring your own cans of oxygen. Mobile phone signals frequently disappear around the mountains and valleys that surround the township....

The end of the internet startup

The end of the internet startup

Silicon Valley is supposed to be a place where a couple of guys in a garage or a dorm room can start companies that change the world. It happened with Apple and Microsoft in...

Energy poverty is a real problem. Coal is a bogus solution.

Energy poverty is a real problem. Coal is a bogus solution.

Some 1.2 billion people around the world lack access to electricity. 2.8 billion burn charcoal, wood, or other biomass to cook and heat their homes. Lack of access to clean, reliable energy services, or “energy poverty,”...

Solar power is already saving lives in the US. Here’s how.

Solar power is already saving lives in the US. Here’s how.

Solar power is still a fairly tiny portion of US electricity, but it is growing incredibly fast. This is exciting to people for all sorts of reasons — economic development, jobs, local/democratic/decentralized power, and...