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How civilization could destroy itself — and 4 ways we could prevent it | Nick Bostrom How civilization could destroy itself — and 4 ways we could prevent it | Nick Bostrom

Chris Anderson: Nick Bostrom. So, you have already given us so many crazy ideas out there. I think a couple of decades ago, you made the case that we might all be living in a simulation, or perhaps probably were. More recently, you’ve painted the most vivid examples of how artificial general intelligence could go…

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The state of the climate — and what we might do about it | Nicholas Stern The state of the climate — and what we might do about it | Nicholas Stern

We are at a remarkable moment in time. We face over the next two decades two fundamental transformations that will determine whether the next 100 years is the best of centuries or the worst of centuries. Let me illustrate with an example. I first visited Beijing 25 years ago to teach at the People’s University…

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Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

like it or not life is full of measuring sticks how smart we are how fast we aren’t how well we can but up until now it’s been pretty hard to tell how well kids are competing in schools and how well they going to do when they get out of school we’d like to…

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Hubertus Knabe: The dark secrets of a surveillance state Hubertus Knabe: The dark secrets of a surveillance state

This year, Germany is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the peaceful revolution in East Germany. In 1989, the Communist regime was moved away, the Berlin Wall came down, and one year later, the German Democratic Republic, the GDR, in the East was unified with the Federal Republic of Germany in the West to found today’s…

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The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg The disarming case to act right now on climate change | Greta Thunberg

Translator: Akinori Oyama Reviewer: Peter van de Ven When I was about eight years old, I first heard about something called climate change or global warming. Apparently, that was something humans had created by our way of living. I was told to turn off the lights to save energy and to recycle paper to save…

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When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient | Niki Okuk When workers own companies, the economy is more resilient | Niki Okuk

Are you tired of your boss? (Laughter) Are you tired of going to work and making money for other people? And who are those people anyways? Those people that make money from your work. Well, they’re capitalists. They have capital, and they use your labor to make more capital. So if you’re tired of going…

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Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action Enrique Peñalosa: Why buses represent democracy in action

Mobility in developing world cities is a very peculiar challenge, because different from health or education or housing, it tends to get worse as societies become richer. Clearly, a unsustainable model. Mobility, as most other developing country problems, more than a matter of money or technology, is a matter of equality, equity. The great inequality…

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Strange answers to the psychopath test | Jon Ronson Strange answers to the psychopath test | Jon Ronson

Translator: Timothy Covell Reviewer: Morton Bast The story starts: I was at a friend’s house, and she had on her shelf a copy of the DSM manual, which is the manual of mental disorders. It lists every known mental disorder. And it used to be, back in the ’50s, a very slim pamphlet. And then…

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The dirty secret of capitalism — and a new way forward | Nick Hanauer The dirty secret of capitalism — and a new way forward | Nick Hanauer

I am a capitalist, and after a 30-year career in capitalism spanning three dozen companies, generating tens of billions of dollars in market value, I’m not just in the top one percent, I’m in the top .01 percent of all earners. Today, I have come to share the secrets of our success, because rich capitalists…

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