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Facebook Bought Oculus VR To Create The Metaverse, Or Why Angry Kickstarter Backers Need To Chill

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling.</i><p>There are many people out there who take a pessimistic view of Facebook. To them, Mark Zuckerberg is a huckster, out to …

In Stephen Wolfram’s future, ‘a box of a trillion souls’ will create any universe we want (interview)

In his keynote presentation to SXSW 2014 last week, computing pioneer Stephen Wolfram demonstrated the capabilities of his new Wolfram Language. But he ended his talk with a radical vision of the future of humanity.<p>In keeping with the title of his talk, which was “Injecting Computation Everywhere,” …

How To Believe In Yourself When Everything Is Against You | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When I look back at all the things i’ve ever achieved in my life. I’ve realised that while the process towards getting there was straight forward, …

Why Positive Thinking Sometimes Doesn’t Work

It’s time we stopped deceiving ourselves with some of this positive thinking talk.<p>There’s just a lot of rehashed advice that when applied, just …

Top ten emerging technologies which will change your life

Computers controlled by thought and other cutting edge developments have been named in a list of the top ten technologies which could shape our future<p>Computers operated by the power of thought, wearable technology and advanced cancer treatments are among the top ten emerging technologies which will …

I Visited the Lake Town That LA Turned into a Salt Flat

The Owens Valley dust bowl was an ecological disaster with far-reaching consequences, and it was caused by the creation of Los Angeles. Today, industry would love to march right into a similar ecological disaster.<p>About a month ago, I wrote a story on how Los Angeles is being affected by the …

The Stoners' Paradise of Humboldt County Is Dreading Weed Legalization

The economy of the rural Northern Californian region is dominated by marijuana, and many growers are worried that when pot becomes legal, prices will plummet and they'll lose their livelihoods.<p><i>A weed-grow operation in Humboldt County, California. Photos by Emily Brady</i><p>Populated by a mix of hippies …

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Eve: The most thrilling boring game in the universe

"All of it surprises me."<p>Alex "The Mittani" Gianturco is a long-time <i>Eve Online</i> player. In real life, he's a retired DC attorney. In <i>Eve</i>, he's a ruthless space dictator. Thinking about his journey from fresh-faced player to being arguably the most powerful person in the game, he tells me none of it …

See the world through Link's eyes in Zelda remake for Oculus Rift

A virtual reality clone of NES title <i>The Legend of Zelda</i> for Oculus Rift allows players to explore Hyrule through the eyes of the game's iconic hero, Link.<p><i>The Legend of Zelda</i>'s side-scrolling world is transformed into a 3D maze full of dangers. In the video above, YouTube user Vaecon explores the …

Top 10 Indie Comics You Should be Reading

Zombies, she-devils, ninja turtles, battle suits, cyborgs, magic guns, more zombies, mercenaries, lying cats, and sex criminals.<p>We've told you the …

IGN Presents the History of Castlevania

Slaying dracula for 28 years (and counting).<p>Dracula never truly dies. Fiction invariably finds a way to revive Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire, whether …

Hitchhiker's Guide to be Revamped for 30th Anniversary

The text adventure gets an overhaul for the social media generation.<p>A revamped version of the classic game Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will be …

Are People Born Gay? Who Gives a Shit?

The quest to find the mythical "gay gene" is a big waste of time.<p>It's OK to be gay because I say so. Fuck science. If you want to bump uglies tonight with someone who has the same set of genitals as you, go for it. Seriously, this is on me, folks—as one of Britain's leading slutbags, I now …

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A Town in Florida Has Made It Illegal for Homeless People to Cover Themselves with Blankets

For the grievous offense of trying to shelter yourself from freezing conditions while homeless, you are considered to be breaking the law. The Pensacola City Council argues that “camping” has a detrimental effect on the town's “aesthetics, sanitation...<p><i>UPDATE (2/12/2014): Pensacola Mayor Ashton</i> …

There's Still Time to Stop the Fish Apocalypse

In 2006, marine biologist Boris Worm projected that the global fish apocalypse would occur in 2048. I checked in with him to see if he still believes that the fate of the world’s seafood supply is totally screwed.<p><i>Photo via</i><p>You’ve all experienced the scenario at one point or another, unless you’re a …

Science Says Love Doesn't Exist

While there's not an open debate about the existence of romantic love, I'd love to moderate one. Bill Nye would be on one side, vivisecting love. On the other side would be Zach Braff and Oprah.<p>If you're one of those depressed single people posting "Fuck Valentine's Day" statuses on Facebook, I've …

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What Each of Facebook’s 51 New Gender Options Means

For ten years, the social network limited billions of people identifying as either male or female. Now there are dozens of terms to pick from. Here’s …