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Universal Basic Income: What If the Problem Isn't Automation but Work Itself?

Rethinking Paid Work<p>We’ve all been warned about the upcoming machine takeover in the world of work. Studies have shown that 47 percent of jobs in the …

Top Ten Tuesday (12): Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught “YA and the Western Canon 101”

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, the theme is “Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X …

Top Ten Tuesday: Our Favorite Pairings of YA Books and Classics

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because The Broke and Bookish are …

Kylo Ren Is the Greatest Star Wars Villain of All Time

Admit it.<p>If fans are unhappy with <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, maybe it's because Star Wars isn't what it used to be. The humor is self-deprecating, the main cast is no longer almost exclusively white and male, and the light/dark binary struggle that underpinned the original movies has given way to …

To Read This Experimental Edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, You’ll Need to Add Heat to the Pages

The Jan van Eyck Academie, a "multiform institute for fine art, design and reflection" in Holland, has come up with a novel way of presenting Ray …

Ray Bradbury Reveals the True Meaning of Fahrenheit 451: It’s Not About Censorship, But People “Being Turned Into Morons by TV”

Even those of us who've never read Ray Bradbury's <i>Fahrenheit 451</i> know it as a searing indictment of government censorship. Or at least we think we …

The Problem Is Wasted Time, Not Screen Time

Now more than ever, we need to be intentional about how and when young people use technology in order to make it productive time, not a waste of …

Education Technology

School Yanks Literary Classic Because It 'Makes People Uncomfortable'

It’s a literary classic found in just about every junior high and high school classroom across America. But one school district is now pulling “To …

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Removed From Mississippi School District Curriculum; Twitter Enraged

Pulitzer Prize winning novel was pulled from Biloxi classrooms because it “makes people uncomfortable”<p>A Mississippi school district has pulled “To …

Fahrenheit 451 trailer

Fahrenheit 451 - (Original Trailer) <br>Fahrenheit 451<p>Fahrenheit 451 - (Original Trailer)<p>A look behind-the-scenes of Ray Bradbury's science fiction …

The Tech Industry's God Complex Is Getting Out Of Control

The Greeks had a word for this, I thought, as I worked my way through Marc Andreessen’s most recent epic tweet storm.<p>The venture capitalist — who has suddenly begun treating Twitter as his own personal pulpit for delivering Silicon Valley’s version of the Sermon from the Mount — was explaining to …

Foodini Is A 3D Printer That Lets You Print Dishes With Fresh Ingredients

Foodini is a 3D printer for foodstuffs. Its Florida-based makers are hoping their time-saving device becomes as ubiquitous on kitchen countertops as the microwave oven has become.<p>But instead of forcing people to rely on highly processed convenience food that’s larded with additives and unhealthy …

Elon Musk Has Been Thinking About Making A Flying Car AND A Submarine Car

"I've thought about it quite a lot...We could definitely make a flying car - but that's not the hard part," Musk told The Independent in an interview this weekend. "The hard part is, how do you make a flying car that's super safe and quiet? Because if it's a howler, you're going to make people very …

Elon Musk

'Remote-control' contraceptive implant developed backed by Bill Gates

A remote-controlled contraceptive chip which is implanted under the skin has been developed with the backing of Bill Gates and would last for 16 years<p>A remote-controlled contraceptive computer chip which would be implanted under the skin has been developed with the backing of Bill Gates.<p>The chip, …

Will Robots Usher In A Utopia Or Dystopia?

Peter Frase’s new book imagines multiple scenarios and lays out some tough choices we’re going to have to make.<p>Will our future of robots and autonomous cars turn out to be a dystopia or a utopia? That’s the question that author Peter Frase grapples with in his new book, <i>Four Futures: Life After</i> …

Patients on antidepressants for 50 per cent longer than in 1990s

The average patient now takes antidepressants for 50 per cent longer than they did in the 1990s with some staying on pills for decades, a new study has shown.<p>The prescribing of antidepressants is currently rising at around seven per cent a year, which has led to fears that depression is on the …

Facebook plans to invest more than $3 billion in VR over the next decade

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sees virtual reality as a future computing platform that his company has a chance to own, though he admits it may take 5 – 10 years to bring it to the masses.<p>Members of the press had a rare opportunity to get a more unfiltered view into the future of Facebook’s virtual …

Virtual Reality

A New Genetic Testing Bill Could Make One Sci-Fi Dystopia a Reality

Anyone seen Gattaca lately?<p>Amongst several proposed bills currently navigating the House floor is HR 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act—which, if passed, would impose penalties on employees who refuse to undergo genetic testing as part of wellness programs in their workplace. Right …

Artificial intelligence is now trying to make sense out of the mess that is Congress

Governing is hard. Predicting what the, ahem, disjointed members of Congress are going to do on any given day is even harder.<p>So why not give your …

Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI is going to decimate middle class jobs

In a column in The Guardian, the world-famous physicist wrote that "the automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative …

Stephen Hawking

The skills your kids should cultivate to be competitive in the age of automation

We’re all getting used to the thought that in a not-so-distant future, competition for jobs won’t just be other humans, it will also be an intelligent robot, self-driving car, or other artificial agent. But in our gut, we know this can’t be the full truth, that there’s a more nuanced story. We at …

Kurtz and Heart of Darkness: Did Joseph Conrad base Mr. Kurtz on Robert Louis Stevenson?

The gleaming white skin and hairless head. The emaciated body carried out on a stretcher. The worshipful natives on every side, fulfilling even the …

Robots will take over five million human jobs by 2020

Its official, Robots are winning the race against humans in jobs<p>According to a new report “Future of Jobs” published by the World Economic Forum …

Confined, isolated, killed: Primates used for secret ‘Frankenstein-like’ studies in Sydney

Hundreds of monkeys have been sent to Australia for what seem to be dubious medical experiments that raise “serious ethical questions,” the local …

British scientists granted permission to genetically modify human embryos

British scientists have been granted permission to genetically modify human embryos by the fertility regulator.<p>The Francis Crick Institute could begin the controversial experiments as early as March after the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) gave the green light this morning.<p>The …