Skype programmer Jaan Tallinn isn’t so sure we’ll ever be able to build networks that can replicate– even in a business context – the communicative power of meeting in person. Instead, he believes, we’ll continue to edge asymptotically closer.
Archeologist and entrepreneur Larry Coben describes how he was able to spend very little money, enhance preservation and create an enormous community benefit in a Bolivian village.
Bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe questions the basic premise of the Singularity concept, arguing that it “misunderstands the complex nature of biological and physical life.”
Climate change deniers lost an important ally in 2011, as Berkeley physics professor Richard Muller recently switched sides. James Lawrence Powell dissects the curious case of this former climate skeptic.
Amid widely-publicized corporate scandals, global environmental threats, and powerful advances in biotechnology, says ethicist Paul Root Wolpe, big companies find themselves tromping through an ethical minefield, and desperately in need of guidance.
Of all the reactions to CERN's announcement that scientists found only "tantalizing hints" of the so-called God Particle, the gossip site Gawker had the most amusing headline: Can Scientists Just Find the God Particle Already? Meanwhile, some devil's advocates have also argued that the discovery ...
The economist Tim Harford argues we don't need to avoid mistakes. Rather, mistakes need to be "revealed, exposed and then corrected as soon as possible."
If managed intelligently, efforts like Mark Tercek’s with the Nature Conservancy may succeed in funding ambitious environmental projects that would otherwise remain on the drafting table, and transforming the way industry understands its relationship with the Earth.
Historian Niall Ferguson responds to a recent study suggesting that the US is on the verge of a manufacturing renaissance. He believes that major legal and economic reforms would have to take place first.
A new book argues "we and our children may be the most significant generations of humans that have yet lived," which means we carry a far greater burden of responsibility than any previous generation.