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Urban world: Meeting the demographic challenge in cities

The days of easy growth in the world’s cities are over, and how they respond to demographic shifts will influence their prosperity.<p><b>Cities have</b> …

Why Do American Kids Die Earlier Than Children in Many Other Developed Nations?

Among the reasons: American teens are 82 times more likely to die from gun violence than their peers in other prosperous countries.<p>American kids have …

Bain & Company

Life expectancy in Britain has fallen so much that a million years of life could disappear by 2058 – why?

Buried deep in a note towards the end of a recent bulletin published by the British government’s statistical agency was a startling revelation. On …

Geography

World Population Will Soar Higher Than Predicted

United Nations leaders have worried for decades about the pace of population growth. A few years ago leading calculations had global population …

University of Washington

Life expectancy increases globally as death toll falls from major diseases | Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

<i>People are living longer throughout the world, thanks in part to lower rates of cardiovascular disease deaths in high-income countries and child</i> …

Sub-Saharan Africa

Mapping Population Density Across the Globe

Visualising Population Density Across the Globe<p>This exploratory map shows data from the fantastic Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) produced by …

Animation: Comparing China vs. India Population Pyramids

on August 23, 2017 at 1:20 pm<p>Shares 2.5K<p>Enacted in 1979 by China’s Communist Party, the controversial “One Child Policy” was primarily meant to slow …

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. By Andy Beckett<p>Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday …

University of London

A world of free movement would be $78 trillion richer

A HUNDRED-DOLLAR BILL is lying on the ground. An economist walks past it. A friend asks the economist: “Didn’t you see the money there?” The …

DENMARK POPULATION PYRAMID

Dynamic Denmark Population Pyramid explores 100 years of age and sex distribution and world comparisons.

The U.S. Is Retreating from Religion

Since 1990, the fraction of Americans with no religious affiliation has nearly tripled, from about 8 percent to 22 percent. Over the next 20 years, …

Religion

The rise of childlessness

POCKET LIVING has been building and selling small flats in London since 2005. The flats have many of the things that young, single people want, such …

Demographics

How Automation is Going to Redefine What it Means to Work

On December 2nd, 1942, a team of scientists led by Enrico Fermi came back from lunch and watched as humanity created the first self-sustaining …

Artificial Intelligence

If you feel like you’re doing everything right and still can’t lose weight, this could be why

Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work.<p>“For me, a calorie is a unit of measurement that’s a real pain in the rear.”<p>Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, Texas, where he’s a technology director for a …

Nutrition

These charts show who you’ll spend your time with across your lifetime

Time with friends, colleagues, siblings, and children diminishes over the course of a lifetime. The older we get, the person we spend the most time with is the one we see in the mirror.<p>That’s the conclusion of a recent, fascinating analysis of data from the American Time Use Survey, an annual …

Loneliness

The Entertainment Industry Could Address One of Our Biggest Concerns About Automation

Automation will force most people out of a job and society will eventually be forced to adopt some form of universal basic income. What then? What …

Social Media

Life expectancy changes

I played around with D3 some more. This time I used data from The World Bank to look at life expectancy over time and by country. The data goes back …

Years You Have Left to Live, Probably

The individual data points of life are much less predictable than the average. Here's a simulation that shows you how much time is left on the</b> …

Social Security

Interactive: Here's why men on earth outnumber women by 66 million

Your body is the interface

What if the future of the phone was no phone at all?<p>When Tim Cook introduced the Apple Watch, many hoped it might do for wearable computers what the …

Motorola

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You Want A Basic Income? Here’s How We Might Actually Do It

Andy Stern, former head of the SEIU, makes the case for a universal payment to end poverty–and offers a strategy for how we get there.<p>The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) potentially solves a lot of problems at once. By sending a regular payment to all citizens, we could end abject poverty, …

If robots are the future of work, where do humans fit in?

Robin Hanson thinks the robot takeover, when it comes, will be in the form of emulations. In his new book, The Age of Em, the economist explains: you take the best and brightest 200 human beings on the planet, you scan their brains and you get robots that to all intents and purposes are indivisible …

Singularity

AI will create 'useless class' of human, predicts bestselling historian

Smarter artificial intelligence is one of 21st century’s most dire threats, writes Yuval Noah Harari in follow-up to Sapiens<p>It is hard to miss the warnings. In the race to make computers more intelligent than us, humanity will summon a demon, bring forth the end of days, and code itself into …

Singularity

This Country Is Paying People to Live There

The government of Finland is currently looking into whether it would be financially wise to get rid of its existing social service programs in favor …

Basic Income

Our Economy Is Obsessed with Efficiency and Terrible at Everything Else

Who <i>doesn</i><i>’t</i> want to be more efficient? Pay someone else to do your grocery shopping — and clean your house, walk your dog, take that package to the post office. Blend your food so you don’t have to spend time chewing it. Don’t waste time remembering to buy toilet paper; just sign up for an Amazon …

Economics

Inside Jobs - Geoff Manaugh

The books and manuscripts were disappearing from a room no one seemed to be entering. Its doors were almost never opened, the room itself closed to …

Paranormal

Which country will be Western Europe’s biggest by 2080?

Germany could receive as many as 9.5 million migrants by 2080, but that won’t be enough to offset a dwindling population, and the United Kingdom will …