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The Doomsday Invention: Will Artificial Intelligence Bring Us Utopia Or Destruction?

The Doomsday Invention: Will Artificial Intelligence Bring Us Utopia Or Destruction?

Innovation, Long Reads, Science, Tech

Philosopher Nick Bostrom argues that true artificial intelligence, if it is realized, might pose a danger that exceeds every previous threat from technology—even nuclear weapons—and that if its development is not managed carefully humanity risks engineering its own extinction.

Moonless Moonlit Nights

Moonless Moonlit Nights

Photos

Commuters are generally too tired to notice the quickly passing scenery or the complicated reflections layered up on the short, fast train ride home from Tokyo to Yokohama. But photographer Yasunori Murayama pays attention. He captures multiple stories in single exposures.

What Exactly Is A Milkshake IPA?

What Exactly Is A Milkshake IPA?

Explainers, Food

The milkshake IPA takes the chewy softness typical of the hazy IPA to the extreme. The addition of unfermentable milk sugars (lactose) adds a pillowy creaminess to the mouthfeel in the hopes of creating a smooth, delightful drinking experience–similar to the sensation you’d expect in a milk stout.

How To Keep The Earth As Inhabitable As Possible

How To Keep The Earth As Inhabitable As Possible

Nature, Science

We’ve been behind where we need to be for decades now, and the fact that we’ll be living in a hotter, less hospitable world is an inevitability. The only uncertainty left is how quickly we respond and how much damage we’re going to be able to prevent.

Journey To The Place Where Pesto Was Born

Journey To The Place Where Pesto Was Born

Food, World

Liguria is Italy’s most famous basil-growing region. The herb is lifeblood here. It floods the stands of Genoa’s Mercato Orientale, a dizzying, circular market hidden on the interior of a city block. Everyone agrees that the best basil in Liguria is grown in the village of Pra’.

The Super-Rich Are Being Scammed On Their Private Jets

The Super-Rich Are Being Scammed On Their Private Jets

Business, Crime

Five grand for mystery sushi. Seven for plastic cups. And more fuel than the plane could possibly hold. Such are the deceptions stinging the billionaires and mere millionaires of today’s private jet-set class. In an era of ultra-wealth, reports of shady billing related to private-jet travel are on the rise.

The Secret Life Of A Professional Statue

The Secret Life Of A Professional Statue

Art, Life

For several years in my 20s, off and on, I was a professional statue. Statue was both a noun and a verb. I was a statue; statuing was what I did. My job was, basically, not to react. Unless one of the tourists gave me what I wanted — a tip in the plastic lemonade pitcher at my feet — I gave them nothing.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
Where Amazon Returns Go To Be Resold By Hustlers

Where Amazon Returns Go To Be Resold By Hustlers

Business, Tech

Liquidity Services, the operator of liquidation.com, became a major (though not exclusive) handler of Amazon’s American liquidations. The company calls dealing with returns “the reverse supply chain”—a part of the retail business that has been growing in importance as online shopping becomes more popular.

The Forgotten Tiger King Of Harlem

The Forgotten Tiger King Of Harlem

Long Reads

Antoine Yates spent three years living peacefully inside his New York City apartment with his ‘roommate’ — a 450-pound Siberian tiger named Ming. Until, that is, Ming’s animal instincts kicked in and he mauled Yates in the middle of their kitchen.

Thirty-Six Thousand Feet Under The Sea

Thirty-Six Thousand Feet Under The Sea

Long Reads, World

For more than a year, the team trying to reach the deepest point in every ocean faced challenges as timeless as bad weather and as novel as the equipment they invented. This is the story of the explorers who set one of the last meaningful records on earth.

Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff

Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff

Life

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that when people spend money on time-saving services such as a house cleaner, lawn care or grocery delivery, it can make them feel a little happier. By comparison, money spent on material purchases — aka things — does not boost positive emotions the way we might expect.

The Time When Zambia Tried To Go To Mars

The Time When Zambia Tried To Go To Mars

Science, Videos

Edward Makuka Nkoloso of Zambia had dreams to land Zambians on moon and mars beating the US and USSR in the Space race. He did everything he could with his limited resources to make his dream a reality but could he fulfill his dreams?

Remente, Personal Growth And Development App

Remente, Personal Growth And Development App

Apps, Health, Life

Remente is a system of tools and insights to help you lead a richer, happier and healthier life, based on how the brain works and performs. Maintain focus and direction while managing stress and work-life balance, all in one app. Tasks, routines, goals and habits in one place.

Art Forgery Is Easier Than Ever, And It's A Great Way To Launder Money

Art Forgery Is Easier Than Ever, And It's A Great Way To Launder Money

Art, Crime, Long Reads

More and more rich people are buying art and stashing it in strange places. According to infamous scammers, it’s not even close to legit. In some respects, it mirrors the giant pools of money sloshing around in Manhattan or London real estate—funds that are relatively concentrated in a few hands spending it in a few places.

Dubai's Plan to Outlive Oil

Dubai's Plan to Outlive Oil

Cities, Videos

Dubai does have oil, but today it only accounts for less than one percent of its GDP. What looks like a pure extravagance is actually pure marketing genius, attracting 14 million international visitors a year, who spend more than any other city in the world, 65% more, even, than New York or London.

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

How TripAdvisor Changed Travel

Long Reads, Tech

The world’s biggest travel site has turned the industry upside down – but now it is struggling to deal with the same kinds of problems that are vexing other tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter. The future of TripAdvisor and similar enterprises seems less certain than it once did.

Kings Of Cocaine: How The Albanian Mafia Seized Control Of The UK Drug Trade

Kings Of Cocaine: How The Albanian Mafia Seized Control Of The UK Drug Trade

Cities, Crime

Hellbanianz belong to the “retail game” of the cocaine trade. They are the street dealers and enforcers of the Mafia Shqiptare, the Albanian organised criminal syndicates who, the National Crime Agency believe, are consolidating power within the UK criminal underworld and on their way to a near total takeover of the UK’s £5bn cocaine market.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
Under The Weather

Under The Weather

Health, Long Reads, Nature

As psychiatrists and philosophers begin to define a pervasive mental health crisis triggered by climate change, they ask who is really sick: the individual or society?

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

Frank Lloyd Wright, Urban Visionary

Architecture, Cities

For all his criticisms, America’s most celebrated architect wasn’t intrinsically opposed to cities. Instead, Frank Lloyd Wright urged us to examine what they had become and recognize that none of their failures were inevitable.

The Benefits Of Optimism Are Real

The Benefits Of Optimism Are Real

Health, Psychology

People who are resilient tend to be more positive and optimistic compared with less resilient folks; they are better able to regulate their emotions, and they are able to maintain their optimism through the most trying circumstances.

Pocket Casts: The Powerful Podcast Player App

Pocket Casts: The Powerful Podcast Player App

Apps

When you’re ready to dive into the world of podcasting, it’s best to take a guide to show you the way. Pocket Casts will introduce you to content you’ll fall in love with, and help you manage it all with ease. Find out why people listen for longer and enjoy content more with Pocket Casts.

The Fascinating Story Of McLaren's Most Iconic F1 Car

The Fascinating Story Of McLaren's Most Iconic F1 Car

Design, History

The McLaren MP4/4 remains Formula 1’s most successful machine, with a 93.8% win ratio that helped Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost storm to victory in 15 out of the 16 races during 1988. In 1988 McLaren had it all, a brilliant cocktail that helped it deliver one of the most dominant cars the sport has ever seen.

How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter

How Saudi Arabia Infiltrated Twitter

Apps, Politics, Tech

In April 2014, a public relations firm representing the Saudi Embassy asked Ahmad Abouammo, part of Twitter’s global media team, to verify an account belonging to a Saudi news personality. This request for a blue checkmark opened the door to a working relationship with the country’s government.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
Burning Out

Burning Out

Long Reads, Nature

Search and rescue teams train for the worst conditions. But the worst conditions are getting worse. Search teams are stretched. Rescuers are burning out. We are all less safe. Are search and rescue teams ready for the next big disaster?

Former FBI Agent Explains How To Detect Lying & Deception

Former FBI Agent Explains How To Detect Lying & Deception

Crime, Explainers, Videos

There are a number of myths about detecting deception. Fidgeting, looking away, touching your mouth, all of these things are commonly thought to be practices that indicate deception. Jim Clemente, former Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI, explains why that isn’t always the case and how people like him can decipher what these indicators really mean.

How To Find New Music You'll Actually Like

How To Find New Music You'll Actually Like

Art, Explainers, Media

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Others are perfectly content with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are some ideas.

3D Printing Homes For The Homeless In Austin

3D Printing Homes For The Homeless In Austin

Cities, Innovation, Tech, Videos

ICON, the 3D-printing construction company, has partnered with Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) to build 3D-printed homes in Austin. The only neighborhood of its kind in the nation, Community First! Village provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.

The Dictatorship Of Data

The Dictatorship Of Data

Economics, History

Big data is poised to transform society. Yet big data also exacerbates a very old problem: relying on the numbers when they are far more fallible than we think. Nothing underscores the consequences of data analysis gone awry more than the story of Robert McNamara.

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