Semantic Infiltration

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Trump’s Transition Team Is Dirty, and It’s Dark

Robert MacKichan has built a living lobbying on behalf of large special interests that want to make real estate deals with the federal government. As …

Politics

DJ Spooky

Attending organizations include Women Moving Millions, Third Wave Fund, The Wing and others supporting women's rights and gender equality.<p>'WOMEN: New …

Women's Rights

Here’s how the US empire will devolve into fascism and then collapse — according to science

A sociologist who predicted the collapse of the Soviet Union and 9/11 attacks warns that American global power will collapse under Donald Trump.<p>Johan …

Fascism

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses.<p>As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about …

Science

The Constitution lets the electoral college choose the winner. They should choose Clinton.

<i>Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School and the author of “Republic, Lost: Version 2.0.” In 2015, he was a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary.</i><p>Conventional wisdom tells us that the electoral college requires that the person who lost the popular vote this year must …

Politics

Google, democracy and the truth about internet search

Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president<p>Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s …

Google

The Remedy for the Spread of Fake News? History Teachers

Few people would approach a complete stranger on the street for information about the pressing issues of the day, and yet that is just how many …

History

Google Unveils a 3-Decade Time-Lapse of the Earth

<b>Google Unveils a 3-Decade Time-Lapse of the Earth</b> <b><br>By Jeffrey Kluger</b><p>It doesn’t pay to take your eyes off the Earth for a second. Look away even briefly …

Google

Inside The Most Amazing Map Library That You've Never Heard Of

<i>The American Geographical Society Library at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. (Photo: Luke Spencer.)</i><p>Within the campus of University of …

Maps

This is the most dangerous time for our planet

We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it<p>As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. …

Cost of Living

Enter 'The Glass Room,' Where Privacy Goes To Die | Motherboard

The line of people moving down Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s SoHo district on Tuesday night could’ve easily been confused for a product launch. It was pouring rain, and the mostly-young crowd was slowly shuffling past designer handbag stores and into a shiny, brightly-lit storefront reminiscent of …

Privacy

Artificial intelligence and the evolution of the fractal economy

Money makes the world go round, or so they say. Payments, investments, insurance and billions of transactions are the beating heart of a fractal economy, which echoes the messy complexity of natural systems, such as the growth of living organisms and the bouncing of atoms.<p>Financial systems are …

Artificial Intelligence

The Glass Room, Looking Into Your Online Life

To passers-by, The Glass Room looks like another slick, clean-lined store offering the latest shiny consumer products. Step inside, and you’ll …

Nitrogen pollution: the forgotten element of climate change

While carbon pollution gets all the headlines for its role in climate change, nitrogen pollution is arguably a more challenging problem. Somehow we …

Environment

Home | UBS Annie Leibovitz

New Annie Leibovitz portraits commissioned by UBS<p>Annie Leibovitz's most enduringly popular series of photographs 'WOMEN' was published in 1999. The …

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Pay just $1 and learn to code online

You don’t need to get an advanced degree and take out massive loans to become a coder. This bundle of 10 courses was designed to teach anyone to code …

Programming

50 Years of 'Rubber Soul': How the Beatles Invented the Future of Pop

Happy 50th birthday to <i>Rubber Soul</i>, the album where the Beatles became the Beatles. It was the most out-there music they'd ever made, but also their …

John Lennon

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Internet

Confessions of an Instagram Influencer - Bloomberg

I’ve always been well-liked. At least, I think that’s the case. I have friends, a spouse, a job, a college degree. I exercise. I get haircuts …

L'Oréal

Diplomacy in the Age of Covert Surveillance

Just before 8 on the morning of Oct. 21, 2014, Robin Raphel climbed into her Ford Focus, put her purple briefcase on the passenger’s seat and began the 20-minute drive from her house in Washington to her office at the State Department.<p>It was a routine Tuesday. The main event on her schedule was a …

Politics

There's now approximately 50 kilos of tech for every square meter of Earth's surface

<b>An international team led by University of Leicester geologists has made the first estimate of the sheer size of the physical structure of the</b> …

Science

He Was the Father of Science Fiction, But You Don't Know His Name

<i>MY DEAR SIR: I have no doubt we shall be able to give you as much work as you want, and of whatever kind. Yours sincerely, C.A. DANA</i><p>With those words, …

Science Fiction

Phones and the city | The Wider Image | Reuters

Story<p>From Apple to Android, smartphones are ubiquitous. Reuters photographer Stefan Wermuth spent time documenting Londoners' public yet intimate relationships with their phones.<p>Nokia-branded mobile phones are about to make a comeback via a new venture that will reunite the brand with veteran Nokia …

Phones

Scientists mimic how we recognize faces through artificial intelligence

<i>MIT scientists have unveiled new research where it has developed a computational model aimed at capturing and mimicking the human aspects of facial</i> …

The trolling of Elon Musk: how US conservatives are attacking green tech

Electric-car evangelist is the target of concerted negative online campaign linked to influential rightwing network<p>He is the charismatic Silicon Valley entrepreneur who believes his many companies - including the electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, solar power firm Solar City, and SpaceX, which …

Elon Musk

Cashing In on Climate Change

You’ve saved your money and amassed a surplus. You’ve read a few books on investing and gleaned the basics — the importance of diversification, of investing for the long term, and of buying and holding rather than trying to beat the market. But you also know that human-caused climate change will …

Environment

The neuroscience argument that religion shaped the very structure of our brains

Religion and neuroscience are not an obvious pairing. But earlier this week, a study published in Social Neuroscience demonstrated that spiritual feelings activate the neurological reward systems of devout Mormons. The study used fMRI scans to show that the nucleus accumbens—an area associated with …

The Brain

Partners: Mozilla + Tactical Technology Collective

The Glass Room is curated by Stephanie Hankey and Marek Tuszynski and based on an original concept The White Room, first shown at the HKW in Berlin, …

Mozilla