What happens when the complexity and magnitude of the problems facing our civilization "simply exceed our biological capabilities"?
The USB stick in your hand contains a zip file with your genome on it. You insert the drive into the side of your computer and click the button on the screen that says “Upload." The machine spits out a prognosis. The secret to your very own personal happiness.
Religious groups, labor groups, women's rights groups, environmental groups and various business interests all offer "scorecards" that rate politicians. So why not atheists? Penn Jillette fills the void.
A new venture aims to foster stability in war-torn regions through an act of creative destruction: acquiring AK-47s and transforming them into rare jewelry, watches and accessories.
It's dangerous business calling any tech innovation idiotic these days. The next thing you know, the company's worth $50 billion. But it is hard to imagine many (hearing) people beyond the odd dorm-room prankster wanting to own Olly, a USB plug-in that allows you to associate smells with your ...
The political courtship ritual some have called "speed-dating" has featured a revolving door of Republican alternatives to Mitt Romney: Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Herman Cain. With a sexual harassment scandal now seemingly taking its toll on Cain's standing in the polls, Newt Gingrich has ...
Let's inject a little lifeblood into the 2012 presidential race.
"There’s always an opportunity to give money, if that’s an option," says Mary Ellen Iskenderian. "But giving money is just not sufficient."
Over-reliance on foreign aid as opposed to tax revenue, says Sophal Ear, a leading expert on post-crisis economies, leads to corruption.
"Consciousness of course is one of the largest questions of brain structure and function. And we approach it now perhaps differently than we have in the past with our new tools. But I’m not convinced that we understand it any better," says Joy Hirsch.
Coming from an upper middle class family, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita says, he could have afforded to pay some college tuition. Instead, he was the beneficiary of the tax dollars of less well-off New Yorkers. He argues that "tuition discrimination" makes private universities a fairer option.
One billion people live beyond the reach of existing ports, roads, bridges and trains. An organization called Matternet is using exponential technology to "replace twentieth century centralized infrastructure" and accelerate economic growth for the 'rising billion.'
In honor of that award, we're republishing a segment from our October interview with Abed, in which he talks about what women and girls can teach the world.