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“Are we being good ancestors?” should be the central question of our time

“Are we being good ancestors?” should be the central question of our time

Within a few days of the covid-19 lockdown in Oxford, UK, the street where philosopher Roman Krznaric lives had transformed. An email chain quickly morphed into a WhatsApp group with over 100 neighbors. Parents traded homeschooling tips and compared bread recipes. Food …Continue reading

How to protect yourself online from misinformation right now

There wasn’t a communications blackout in Washington, DC, on Sunday, but #dcblackout trended on Twitter anyway, thanks to some extremely distressing tweets telling people that, mysteriously, no messages were getting out from the nation’s capital. The tweets, Reddit posts, and Facebook messages …Continue reading

Does keeping kids offline breach their human rights?

Pruthvirajsinh Zala was a 19-year-old first-year law student when he walked into the high court of Gujarat to argue his inaugural case. “It’s a big enormous building,” he says. “All black stone. There’s a giant statue of Gandhi. My petition says Pruthvirajsinh Zala …Continue reading

Predictions for 2030 by people shaping the world

AI will cause a productivity boom Erik Brynjolfsson, director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (USA) Machine learning has advanced tremendously over the past decade, yet US productivity growth has fallen by 50% since 2004. It’s not uncommon with powerful new general-purpose …Continue reading

Your tweet could last just 24 hours with “fleets”

The company will launch a story function that looks a lot like the ones at competitors Instagram and Snapchat—but there are already fears that it could be abused. The announcement: On Wednesday, the company announced that it was testing “fleets” in Brazil. These …Continue reading

The WHO got on TikTok to teach teens about coronavirus

On Friday, the World Health Organization made its debut on TikTok in an effort to combat rampant disinformation about the coronavirus. The news: The WHO launched its TikTok presence with a video on Friday about what coronavirus is, and a follow-up video on Saturday about when and …Continue reading