Robert Wharton

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The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

No, a Human Year Isn't Equivalent to 7 'Dog Years'

Here's how old your dog really is.<p>Dogs age at different rates compared to humans, but the simple rule of seven dog years to one human year is far …

You can soon see (and delete) everything Apple knows about you

Apple will soon let you download all the information it has stored about you, modify it, or even delete it. The privacy change is required by a new European law, but is also in-line with Apple’s policy to not spy on its customers. This sets it apart from rivals like Google and Facebook.<p>Apple …

31 Amazing Products on Amazon That Basically Work Miracles

How did we ever live before Amazon Prime? Just a few keystrokes and everything we never knew we needed comes right to our doorstep in 2 days. And …

Religious Democrats, Young Republicans: What The Stereotypes Miss About Both Parties

Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup.<p><b>Poll of the week</b><p>The Pew Research Center this week released a detailed report on party …

25 Dad Jokes That Are All Funny, No Filler

Jokes are funny, but dad jokes are funnier.

‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower

The first time I met Christopher Wylie, he didn’t yet have pink hair. That comes later. As does his mission to rewind time. To put the genie back in the bottle.<p>By the time I met him in person, I’d already been talking to him on a daily basis for hours at a time. On the phone, he was clever, funny, …

Cambridge Analytica

As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind

Demographic shifts rippling across the nation are fueling fears that their culture and standing are under threat.<p>Even after the coal mines closed and the factory jobs disappeared and the businesses began taking down their signs on Broad Street, even after the population started its steady decline …

Demographics

Here’s how you access the super creepy data Facebook has on you

Since 2010, Facebook allows you to download an archive file of all your interactions with the network. It’s a 5-click easy process that your grandmother can do (more details below).<p>Inside the .zip, lies an ‘index.html’ page that acts as a portal to your personal data. Visually, it looks like an …

Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous

On the days when Bitcoin crashes, a holiday atmosphere takes over in my corners of the internet. People tweet screengrabs of Reddit fights. It’s …

Peter Thiel

Millennials have a new shopping habit that could spell trouble for Forever 21 and H&M

These days you're as likely to spot a Patagonia fleece on the back of an explorer clambering their way up the side of a mountain face as you are to see it on a hipster sipping coffee in Brooklyn.<p>Practical fashion is en vogue, and it's being driven by millennial customers' desire to shop at brands …

You can (and should) train yourself to sleep on your back

Get back to basics.<p>American adults are in pain. A 2015 study from the National Institutes of Health showed that 25 million U.S. adults cope with chronic pain every day. While everyone’s suffering is different—there are as many sources of pain as people—for many, how you sleep plays a crucial …

This Is What Lindsey Vonn Eats to Stay in Such Good Shape

You’ll love these bite-sized snacks.<p>With the Olympics fast approaching, we’re eager to get our hands on our favorite athletes’ top performance tips …

Blockchain Explained: How It Works, Who Cares and What Its Future May Hold

Best known as the immutable database that runs underneath cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, blockchain is poised to play a critical role in …

What Amazon Does to Poor Cities

The debate over Amazon’s HQ2 obscures the company’s rapid expansion of warehouses in low-income areas.<p>SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—This community was still reeling from the recession in 2012 when it got a piece of what seemed like good news. Amazon, the global internet retailer, was opening a massive …

Los Angeles

Blockchain: A Very Short History Of Ethereum Everyone Should Read

Even those who are not familiar with blockchain are likely to have heard about Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency and payment system that uses the technology. Another platform called Ethereum, that also uses blockchain, is predicted by some experts to overtake Bitcoin this year.<p><b>What is Ethereum?</b><p>Ethereum …

Cryptocurrency

Bill Gates Just Declared This Optimistic Read His New Favorite Book of All Time | Inc.com

Bill Gates may be known for his extreme focus, but when it comes to books at least, the man's attention spins like a weather vane.<p>One month he's giving 50 of his friends a new novel he adores, the next he's suggesting everyone get out the tissues and check out a heartbreaker of a memoir, then a bit …

Books

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

The Decline of Anti-Trumpism

Let me start with three inconvenient observations, based on dozens of conversations around Washington over the past year:<p>First, people who go into the White House to have a meeting with President Trump usually leave pleasantly surprised. They find that Trump is not the raving madman they expected …

Donald Trump

Woody Harrelson: 'I used to have my head up my ass'

As a kid growing up in Texas, Woody Harrelson daydreamed about being a cop and, later, some kind of secret agent – like an American James Bond. “I was probably influenced by stuff I’d watched, thinking how glorious it would be,” he says in that unmistakable, slow, Southern drawl. “But, oh my God, …

Woody Harrelson

I went on the Silicon Valley diet craze that encourages butter and bacon for 2 months — and it vastly improved my life

A viral diet that's been found to burn up to 10 times as much fat as a standard diet is gaining momentum among Silicon Valley tech workers. And it involves eating a lot of fat.<p>The ketogenic, or "keto," diet — which first became popular in the 1920s as a treatment for epilepsy and diabetes— limits …

Diabetes

Do You Really Know What Bitcoin Is?

<i>What to know about the crypto-craze before it implodes.</i><p>Maybe it was those stories you heard — Lamborghinis and second mortgages, fortunes made and …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

Entertainment

34 Cult-Favorite Products On Amazon That Actually Live Up To The Hype

You can buy a lot of weird AF stuff on the Internet. From socks that make your skin peel off to fun shower heads, there's no shortage of wacky things …

The Best Pizza Places in Every U.S. State, Mapped

If there's one thing we love about pizza it's that it's perfect at any time of day. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner — 3 am in the morning — hot or …

Apple will give you more cash for your dusty old Mac

Apple has increased its trade-in values for a bunch of old Mac models. Machines released in 2009 and later could now earn you up to $2,500. That’s a generous $1,000 more than the previous limit.<p>If you were thinking about treating yourself to a new Mac this Christmas, Apple just made it a whole lot …

MacBook Pro

Battle for ‘True’ Bitcoin Is Just Getting Started

In August, the bitcoin world split in two when bitcoin cash broke away from bitcoin. It was the culmination of years of growing tension about how to …

You're Just Not Prepared For What's Coming

I hate to break it to you, but chances are you're just not prepared for what's coming. Not even close. Don't take it personally. I'm simply playing …

How Vans Became the Shoes Everyone’s Wearing—Again

In the early 2000s, the Southern California brand was irrelevant. Now it’s a $2.3 billion global powerhouse worn by pretty much everyone.<p>Back in 2002, when Rian Pozzebon, who was then a relative unknown in the sneaker community, got the offer to join Vans and help rebuild the brand’s ailing skate …