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Today Is Earth Overshoot Day and That Is Not a Good Thing

For the rest of the year, we're pushing Earth farther than it can go.<p>Todday, August 1, is Earth Overshoot Day, the moment in the year where humanity uses up more of the Earth’s resources than the Earth produces in that year. Starting tomorrow, any resources we use, from food to water to timber, …

Cape Town

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Meet SHERLOCK and DETECTR<p>Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like …

Google’s new AI algorithm predicts heart disease by looking at your eyes

Experts say it could provide a simpler way to predict cardiovascular risk<p>Scientists from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily have discovered a new way to assess a person’s risk of heart disease using machine learning. By analyzing scans of the back of a patient’s eye, the company’s …

This Is The World’s First Graphical AI Interface

Designed by Argodesign and CognitiveScale, Cortex offers a glimpse at the future of accessible AI design tools.<p>Machine learning and artificial intelligence are so difficult to understand, only a few very smart computer scientists know how to build them. But the designers of a new tool have a big …

Tech Billionaires Including Zuckerberg Award $22 Million To Top Scientists At Star-Studded Ceremony

Most scientists these days aren’t famous for their work, but tech investor Yuri Milner and several of his friends, including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google cofounder Sergey Brin and 23andMe cofounder Ann Wojcicki, are throwing an annual televised awards ceremony to sprinkle some glamour –and a …

New technology allows for computer-generated photos that are undetectable fakes

Artificial Intelligence and other related technologies have advanced to the point that computers are now able to produce nearly indiscernible fake …

Artificial Intelligence

Audience-based planning is the next battleground for media agencies

As media becomes more fragmented, the days of relying solely on panel data from comScore and Nielsen to determine media planning and buying are …

How Retailers Use Personalized Prices to Test What You’re Willing to Pay

Have you ever looked up flights or hotels on an app on your phone, only to open your laptop and see different prices?<p>That’s exactly what happened to me recently. I was using Orbitz’s iPhone app to research a vacation package to New York City. Settling on a hotel, I accessed Orbitz’s website on my …

eCommerce

The Social Network Doling Out Millions in Ephemeral Money

<b>Every time you log onto Facebook,</b> Instagram, or Twitter to share a photo or post an article, you give up a piece of yourself in exchange for …

The Difference Between a Heart Attack, Stroke, and Cardiac Arrest

Heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest—you're probably familiar with all three and know that they're serious conditions requiring medical …

High Blood Pressure

Defining Aggregators

(<i>Note: this is not a typical Stratechery article; there is no over-arching narrative or reference to current news. Rather, the primary goal is to</i> …

Why Copenhagen Is Building Parks That Can Turn Into Ponds

Instead of massive sewer expansion to prepare for climate change, the city chose something cheaper—and more fun.<p>COPENHAGEN, Denmark—At first glance, the square known as Tåsinge Plads doesn’t look much different from other parks in Copenhagen. A young couple lounges on a small hill surrounded by …

Urban Design

Game of Thrones: Did Neil deGrasse Tyson Just Solve One of Season 7’s Hottest Mysteries?

Does the zombie dragon breathe ice or fire?<p><b>Neil deGrasse Tyson’s</b> <i>official</i> job may be as the world’s most recognizable astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and host of the series <i>Star Talk</i>. But in recent years, he’s made another name for himself among pop culture junkies as a …

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind

SAN FRANCISCO — When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls. Your task is to break out of the room, but you cannot use your hands. There is no joystick or game pad. You must use your thoughts.<p>You turn toward a ball on the floor, …

The Brain

Philanthropy Needs More Moonshots

Private philanthropists have helped propel some of the most important social-impact success stories of the past century: Virtually eradicating polio globally. Providing free and reduced-price lunches for all needy schoolchildren in the United States. Establishing a universal 911 service. Securing …

15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

Every company says that innovation is important, and that they value the ideas of their people.<p>In fact, creativity is becoming a core skill which …

How Schools Can Stop Killing Creativity

At Douglas Park Elementary School in Regina, Saskatchewan, twelve-year-old Chloe wanted to learn about her ancestors.<p>She went online to find a …

100 Super Healthy and Filling Foods

You know the basics of a healthy diet: lots of fruit and vegetables, some nuts and seeds, full-fat dairy, and a few servings of fish and lean meat. …

The Philanthropy World Is Embracing Impact Investing

Instead of just using the stock market, more and more foundations putting their endowments into projects that help the world–including hitting the Sustainable Development Goals.<p>In 2015, the United Nations laid out its Sustainable Development Goals to track global progress against massive social and …

Sustainability

TV’s Ad Apocalypse Is Getting Closer

Disney’s decision to build its own streaming service is smart. It’s also the latest sign that the traditional cable bundle is doomed.<p>Disney announced on Tuesday that it will stop selling content to Netflix by 2019 and will instead launch two streaming services—one with sports content from ESPN …

Digital Advertising

Humor Is Serious Business

You are not as funny as you should be, and your company is suffering because of it.<p>You are not funny. I don’t mean “you” in the generic sense, but …

6 Potential Brain Benefits Of Bilingual Education

<i>Part of our ongoing series exploring how the U.S. can educate the nearly 5 million students who are learning English.</i><p>Brains, brains, brains. One thing we've learned at NPR Ed is that people are fascinated by brain research. And yet it can be hard to point to places where our education system is …

AR's future is more than just games, it will change the way we make decisions

According to research by Goldman Sachs, the virtual and augmented reality industry will become a $85 billion market by 2025. However, while a lot of the conversation surrounding VR and AR is focused on gaming and video, a huge part of the market value is being driven from non-entertainment use …

Augmented Reality

Capitalism the Apple Way vs. Capitalism the Google Way

Whichever company’s vision wins out will shape the future of the economy.<p>While lots of attention is directed toward identifying the next great start-up, the defining tech-industry story of the last decade has been the rise of Apple and Google. In terms of wealth creation, there is no comparison. …

Investing

It was the best year ever in Cannes for 'Goodvertising' campaigns – and it was the worst year ever

Leaving Cannes, I feel even more schizophrenic than I did during my hard-working years in ad land.<p>On the one hand it’s been the best year ever in the …

Understanding the LEGO Color Palette

50 years ago, LEGO builders were limited to just 7 colors: White, Gray, Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, and occasionally Green. By the early 1980’s there …