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The internet made us weird – just not in the right way

Have swipes and scrolls replaced deep thinking?

The colossal problem with universal basic income

Here's why universal basic income will hurt the 99%, and make the 1% even richer.

The internet is emotionally abusing us. And we can't quit it.

Algorithms and propagandists exploit the human instinct to connect to play us.

Why 'upgrading' humanity is a transhumanist myth

Upload your mind? Here's a reality check on the Singularity.

Are Google, Uber, and Digital Companies Trapped by Colonial Economics?

Groundbreaking digital companies like Google, Amazon, and Uber operate using a "scorched Earth" method of value creation, says Rushkoff, which resembles 13th century colonialism.

Computer Algorithms Are Killing Jobs and Narrowing Our Personalities

The history of industrialization is the separation of workers from their labor, and it continues today in the digital marketplace where online companies seek to replace human labor with algorithms.

Online Companies Like Facebook Have Created a "Meaningless Economy"

Companies like Facebook no longer depend on traditional economic exchanges to turn profit, so what does this mean for the consumer? When we're not paying money, we're paying in other ways, says Douglas Rushkoff.

The Online Economy Is Breaking Businesses, and Stealing Our Time and Energy

It's harder for most people to making a living now than it was before the rise of online businesses like Facebook and Amazon. That's because the digital economy is hurting the real economy.

Your Reality Was Designed By Stoners

I was just fascinated watching these guys doing coding during the day and scraping peyote off cactuses at night and going to raves until morning.

T-metics, the New Mimetics

Ideas spread around not just through human word-of-mouth. 

We Need to Challenge Our Feudal Internet

We have not used the net to promote the kind of peer-to-peer economy that challenged feudalism in the 1100s and 1200s. 

The End of Privacy Means the End of Taboos

We are testing what it is like to lose privacy now because if the species survives, we’ll develop a capability to not be embarrassed anymore. 

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