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Scientific publishers charge so much that even Harvard can’t afford it anymore. A new publishing infrastructure could help.
Citizen collection of radiation information after Fukushima and of air quality information after the recent fires serve as a model for everyone.
An MIT team built an algorithm to optimize bell times and bus routes. The furor around the plan offers lessons in how we talk to people when we talk to them about artificial intelligence.
How today's internet is rapidly and indifferently killing off many systems while allowing new types of organizations to emerge.
The current school system is too rigid, and it’s designed for a different world anyway.
The hierarchies of Judeo-Christian religions mean that those cultures tend to fear their overlords. Beliefs like Shinto and Buddhism are more conducive to have faith in peaceful coexistence.
Cellular agriculture has the potential to protect animal welfare and curb global warming; Joi Ito, a former vegan, grapples with the future of meat.
What started as a dreamy movement of acid-tripping tie-dye wearers has become a mainstream lifestyle bet in Silicon Valley—and we must be responsible about how we wield this new reality.
Using algorithms to predict crimes has created a biased system: Better to use AI for looking inward.
Liberals and conservatives alike love—and fear—the idea of giving free money to everyone. But we have to try it anyway.
Academics, economists, and AI researchers often undervalue the role of intuition in science. Here's why they're wrong.
Many cryptocurrency speculators are banking on the theory that someone dumber than them will buy their tokens for more than they paid. That’s a pretty good bet … until it isn’t.