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  • 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 ...
  • For The News Media, It May Already Be Too Late
    You might not agree, but I believe most people want to know the truth. ...
  • On Both Sides, The Media Is Peddling A False Dilemma About Trump
    An op-ed headline in The Washington Post this week intrigued me: "Our town's newspaper was mocked for endorsing Trump. Here's what we think now." The column was from Gary Abernathy, ...
  • Why Free Is Bad For You
    If you have two constituent groups, and one pays you directly, and the other doesn't, the one who pays you is gonna win. This is true not only in politics ...
  • Trump: News Media's Worthy Competitor
    They say competition makes you stronger. When you're on your own, there's a tendency to slack off. When you compete, you have to be better than your opponent, who has ...
  • Humanity, Not Technology: The Idea Worth Spreading
    Once a year, the good and the great converge on Vancouver, Canada for the TED conference: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Nearly 2,000 people gathered for a week to consider our past, ...
  • Can Technology Make The World Great Again?
    We've all heard the promises: Technology is going to give us a better world. It will allow us to feed the masses, democratize education, enjoy unfettered free speech. Healthcare, energy ...
  • The Colonization Of Mars
    Yesterday humanity marked a glorious milestone: SpaceX successfully relaunched and re-landed a Falcon 9 -- the first time in history a rocket has been reused. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon ...
  • Ethics Are For Everyone
    I admit to an overwhelming amount of schadenfreude at the challenges recently faced by Uber. After all, its behavior has been egregious for ages. It's satisfying to point the finger ...
  • But How Can I Make Money From It?
    "It's all very nice, but how can I make money from it?" We've been asking the wrong question for a very long time. We should be asking: "What does the ...
  • This Article Is NOT About Trump
    This article is not about Trump, but we're going to have to go through him to get to the point. ...
  • Still Wondering How Trump Won? Try Psychographic Targeting
    You wake up, yawn, stretch. Pick up the phone. Check Facebook. "Like." "Like." "Like," again. After 10 "likes," Michal Kosinski knows you better than your work colleagues. After 70, he ...
  • Under Science-Unfriendly Administration, Internet And Its Data Are In Your Hands
    In the final days of 2016, the website of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources got a bit of a refresh. Unless you were paying close attention, you might have ...
  • As World Gets More Automated, We Have A Bigger Problem Than Losing Our Jobs
    I attended a funeral today. I knew him casually. We frequented many of the same social and business circles, and had had more than one good chat about our social ...
  • All I Want For Christmas Is A Minimum Basic Income
    Merry Christmas. Or Chanukah. Or Kwanzaa. Whatever you celebrate, I hope you got a year-end bonus -- because the robots are coming for your job. They're coming whether you're a ...
  • Forget Facebook And The Macedonians: Is Google Responsible For the Post-Truth Era?
    The ad started showing up in my Facebook feed in the past weeks: "Subscribe to the New York Times," it said. "Fact-based reporting." In our current post-truth era, fact-based is ...
  • The One Essential Skill You Need In The Facebook Era
    "If I were to run, I'd run as a Republican. They're the dumbest group of voters in the country... I could lie and they'd still eat it up. I bet ...
  • For The Love Of Pete, Vote
    November 7, 2000. Election night. Ken and I are wandering through the French Quarter of New Orleans, popping in and out of bars and taking in the sights. I haven't ...
  • Security And Privacy Concerns Not Just A Yahoo Problem
    Yahoo: Time of death, oh about a week ago," said the headline in the IT Professionals newsletter I just got. The reason? The hacking that compromised up to a billion ...
  • Theranos & Hampton Creek: Two Stories Too Good To Be True
    Venture capitalists love a feel-good backstory. But two recent high-profile Valley implosions would make it seem that the feelgood-ness of the story is more important than whether it's, yaknow, t ...
  • Facebook's Censorship Of Napalm Girl Is History Repeating
    She's known as the "Napalm Girl," and she appears in a photograph called "The Terror of War," taken by Nick Ut. In it, she is young, naked and clearly terrified. ...
  • Why The SpaceX Explosion Won't Hold Elon Musk Back
    To be an entrepreneur, you basically have to be comfortable with everyone you know thinking you're a nutjob. Which brings us to Elon Musk. ...
  • What Skills Do Your Kids Need For The Future? Try This
    I don't know what the jobs of the future look like. There may not even be jobs. But regardless, there are some things the world needs people to study urgently: ...
  • Well, *Obviously* People Are Changing Their Minds About Self-Driving Cars
    "Self-driving cars are coming but most people don't want one," wrote MediaPost writer Chuck Martin back in March, citing a study of people 15 to 90 years old. Two weeks ...
  • Political Awareness In The Facebook Age
    We're just finished one presidential convention, heading toward another -- and it's not my job to discuss the candidates or their positions. Instead, I want to discuss the way we ...
  • 137 Million Reasons We Should Be Terrified Of Technological Unemployment
    In May, the COO of the World Bank noted that, "For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below 10%." Surely a ...