The "singleton hypothesis" predicts the future of humanity

Philosopher Nick Bostrom's "singleton hypothesis" predicts the future of human societies.

  • Nick Bostrom's "singleton hypothesis" says that intelligent life on Earth will eventually form a "singleton".
  • The "singleton" could be a single government or an artificial intelligence that runs everything.
  • Whether the singleton will be positive or negative depends on numerous factors and is not certain.
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New study uncovers China's massive hidden lending to poor countries

New report shows the extent of China's hidden power as the developing world's creditor.

  • Over 50 developing countries' Chinese debt accounts for on average 15 percent of their individual GDP.
  • New report shows that the majority of the world's developing country's debt to China is considered "hidden."
  • China's loans for poor countries are primarily for crucial infrastructure.
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Is globalization doomed? Economist Michael O'Sullivan believes so.

Why one expert believes it is knocking on death's door.

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  • Michael O'Sullivan's book The Levelling declares that the end of globalization is near.
  • In its wake, he believes the world will become a place of multipolarity, bereft of a central guiding international force of control.
  • These new poles of power will take on unique and divergent political and cultural ways of doing things.
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Trump’s not the problem. He’s a symbol of 4 bigger issues.

The countdown continues! Our 8th most popular video of 2018 cuts through the political fray.

  • If the problem was just Trump, it wouldn't be happening in other places around the world, says political scientist Ian Bremmer.
  • All sorts of advanced industrial democracies have people getting angrier and voting more and more against the establishment.
  • Even when their economies are doing well, four factors exist that rip at the fabric of civic nationalism. What's surprising, however, there is one developed country that isn't having such issues. What can we learn from them?
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Dear elites: Did you learn your lesson?

Populism: The "overnight" problem 40 years in the making

  • A globalized, interconnected world doesn't necessarily work for everyone... especially on the rural (and hyper-local) levels.
  • While many got massively rich from technology and globalized trade it left many feeling locked out.
  • Anand focuses on the rise of Trump and the huge popularity of Bernie Sanders to highlight the fact that the majority aren't satisfied with the current state of capitalism.
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