Is Twitter Stealing Our Souls?
Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times, on Twitter: "The things we may be unlearning, tweet by tweet—complexity, acuity, patience, wisdom, intimacy—are things that matter."
What's the Latest Development?
Executive editor of the New York Times, Biller Keller felt like he had handed his daughter a pipe of crystal meth after allowing her to create a Facebook profile. While Keller claims his professional ambitions preclude him from being a Luddite, he comes out against social media because of its influence on how we think. Just as humanity lost is ability to memorize long texts after the printing press was invented, Keller says the media of our day are likewise robbing us of worthwhile skill. With technology playing an increasingly dominant role in our lives, Keller reminds us that: "...the cognitive advance of our species is not inexorable."
What's the Big Idea?
The relationship between humans and our technology is changing. Currently, digital devices and powerful software extend the capability of our brains, allowing us to complete complex calculations in an instant and putting the world's cumulative knowledge at our fingertips. When will the singularity occur? When will man and machine physically merge? In the next fifty years, says Joshua Foer, whose book Moonwalking with Einstein recalls how sometimes humanity trades in valuable abilities for the sake of progress.
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It has found several bizarre planets outside of our solar system.
- The Kepler program closed down in August, 2018, after nine and a half years of observing the universe.
- Picking up where it left off, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has already found eight planets, three of which scientists are very excited about, and six supernovae.
- In many ways, TESS is already outperforming Kepler, and researchers expect it to find more than 20,000 exoplanets over its lifespan.
Even when they suffer costs in doing so.
- It's commonly thought that the suppression of female sexuality is perpetuated by either men or women.
- In a new study, researchers used economics games to observe how both genders treat sexually-available women.
- The results suggests that both sexes punish female promiscuity, though for different reasons and different levels of intensity.
This economy has us in survival mode, stressing out our bodies and minds.
- Economic hardship is linked to physical and psychological illness, resulting in added healthcare expenses people can't afford.
- The gig economy – think Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Handy – is marketed as a 'be your own boss' revolution, but it can be dehumanizing and dangerous; every worker is disposable.
- The cooperative business model can help reverse wealth inequality.
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