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  • What It Takes To Have An Informed Citizenry
    Did you hear about the time in 1980 when we could have stopped climate change -- but didn't? Not you and me, but 20-odd people assembled in a fancy ho ...
  • The Ultimate Question About The Future
    Douglas Rushkoff's vomit-in-your-mouth report -- about the super-rich's plans for when the global order comes crashing down -- raises serious questions. ...
  • Everything Is Awesome -- And It Still Sucks
    It's a good time to be alive. If you don't believe me, try subscribing to the Future Crunch newsletter. ...
  • Three Essential Leadership Traits In The Digital Age
    "Leadership" is one of those words like "sustainability." There are dozens of Ph.D. programs on the topic, thousands of books, a million different interpretations and angles. Notwithstanding all this content, ...
  • What It Would Take For Facebook To Stop Manipulating Us
    Several months ago, I decided to take steps to reclaim my own attention. ...
  • What Facebook Is Good (And Not Good) For
    We gathered to raise a glass, just a half dozen of us. We knew him from high school, which had come to a capped and gowned end more than 25 ...
  • Facebook's Actions Fail To Align With Zuck's Grander Visions
    "Facebook stands for bringing us closer together and building a global community," said founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in his 2017 manifesto. He went on to describe, at length, the ...
  • Advertising Ignorance Is Not Bliss
    It's no wonder Facebook's efforts at transparency continually fall short of the full story. If people had true transparency, in real time, Facebook's business would fall apart. Outrage! Horror! It's ...
  • Finally! The Burning Platform Use Case For Blockchain
    We have built an entire social, legal and political ecosystem designed to enable the ordinary transactions of commerce. And if it ain't broke... Which brings us to last month's cyberattack ...
  • Zuckerberg's Talk About User Control Is Meaningless
    Behind Zuckerberg's overly solicitous proclamations of user control sits a hard truth: You can give people as much control you want over who sees their information. It won't make a ...
  • Self-Driving Cars? We're Already In Danger
    Uber's crash of a self-driving car brings reflections on using technology to make the world a better place -- for everyone. ...
  • Facebook Failing On Fake News -- But There's A Better Way
    It feels almost like "Groundhog Day": the top brass at Facebook saying, "Oh, did we get it wrong? Were you offended by what we did? We didn't mean to upset ...
  • Automation's Impact On Employment Is Already Here
    On February 26, 1928, the New York Times ran a headline: "March of the Machine Makes Idle Hands." The subhead: "Prevalence of Unemployment with Greatly Increased Industrial Output Points to ...
  • We Are All Being Gaslighted -- And It's Only Going To Get Worse
    It was 1940 when the first version of the movie "Gaslight" hit the cinemas. Based on the play by Patrick Hamilton, it chronicles the psychological torture of Bella Mallen (Diana ...
  • This Habit Could Destroy Us
    Now that Facebook has decided it's better for us to see more posts from friends than from news publishers, one might be forgiven for assuming we'd go elsewhere for our ...
  • There's A Backlash Against Tech Giants -- And It's Good
    The bomb dropped earlier this week: BlackRock, the largest investor in the world, with more than $6 trillion in investments, put its portfolio companies on notice: Do good or get ...
  • The One Resolution That Matters
    I hope you all had a wonderful holiday -- whatever you choose to celebrate -- and a terrific New Year´s celebration. I myself have returned to the place where my ...
  • Maybe Unicorns Aren't So Great After All
    Once again, Uber has been knocked back. Earlier this week, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a ruling that the rideshare giant was in fact a "transport ...
  • AI Isn't Becoming More Intelligent, But More Capable
    Just a year and a half after the artificially intelligent Go player AlphaGo beat champion Lee Sedol at Go, DeepMind came out with AlphaGo Zero -- which beat the original ...
  • Embracing The Totality Of Thanksgiving
    It's depressing to contemplate the totality of our complicity in the state of the world, and not just in the context of historical atrocities. It's depressing for me to consider ...
  • Sorry, Senator Franken: Facebook Neutrality Is Impossible
    "As tech giants become a new kind of Internet gatekeeper," said Senator Al Franken this week, "I believe the same basic principles of net neutrality should apply here. No one ...
  • Yep, We Should Be Scared Of AI
    They had invited me to talk about the technological singularity: the moment when computer intelligence surpasses human intelligence. "Is it true?" they asked, brows furrowed. "Are the robots going to ...
  • OF COURSE Google Home Is Spying On You
    It was a shocking headline: "Google Home Mini spied on user 'thousands of times a day,' sent recordings to Google." But not really that shocking. Home, Echo, Siri... they all ...
  • The American News Media's Most Important Story Right Now
    There is no debate that the media is not adequately covering the story of Puerto Rick after the hurricane, where there's no power, limited food, limited clean water and limited ...
  • Thanks To Technology, Propaganda Is Now Exponential
    Remember when propaganda used to be straightforward? It came in the form of leaflets, flyers, treatises. It was aired on state-run television and broadcast on state-run radio. In its more ...
  • The Internet Isn't Optimized For Meritocracy
    In July of 1993, the cartoonist Peter Steiner doodled a cartoon that he wasn't particularly proud of. He submitted it, along with a batch of others, to his bosses at ...
  • Solving For Hate
    Like you -- I assume -- I hope-- I was saddened and sickened by the events that unfolded in Charlottesville last weekend. Saddened by the hatred. Sickened by the violence. ...
  • AI Predicts The Future Will Be As Bad As The Past
    It's the age of machine learning, they say. Thanks to algorithms, we can finally eliminate bias. There was no subconscious prejudice -- the decision was made by a computer. After ...
  • Immortality Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
    The immortalists believe we can and should live forever -- that death is a technical problem, and that it therefore has a technical solution. The New Yorker, covering the topic ...
  • Everything You Know May Be Wrong
    Last year, I wrote an article called "The real reason this elephant chart is terrifying." In it, I looked at the work of Christoph Lakner and Branko Milanovic, who charted ...