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A "global useless class": the future as seen by Yuval Noah Harari

A “global useless class”: the future as seen by Yuval Noah Harari

VIDEO: Just as the Industrial Revolution created the working class, automation could create a “global useless class,” and the political and social history of the coming decades will revolve around the hopes and fears of this new class. The combination of biotech and I.T. might reach a point where it creates systems and algorithms that understand us better than we understand ourselves. The problem is understanding the “extremely complicated chains of cause and effect” in the world. “Time is accelerating,”. The long term may no longer be defined in centuries or millenniums — but in terms of 20 years. “My fear is that homo sapiens are not just up to it. We have created such a complicated world that we’re no longer able to make sense of what is happening.” SOURCE: The New York Times ...
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How to stop someone from talking incessantly

How to stop someone from talking incessantly

INFOGRAPHIC/ VIDEO: Some people love to hear themselves talk so much that, try as you might, you can’t get a word in edgewise. One part art of the problem is that you’re waiting for them to pass the baton to you: they’re simply not going to do it. You don’t have to interrupt them; you can use your body language and shut them up with non-verbal cues . SOURCE: YouTube via Lifehacker ...
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To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift

To eliminate waste, we need to rediscover thrift

VIDEO: There's no such thing as throwing something away -- when you toss a used food container, broken toy or old pair of socks into the trash, those things inevitably end up in ever-growing landfills. But we can get smarter about the way we make, and remake, our products. This video shares exciting examples of thrift -- the idea of using and reusing what you need so you don't have to purchase anything new -- as well as advances in material science, like electronics made of nanocellulose and enzymes that can help make plastic infinitely recyclable. SOURCE: TED ...
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How the progress bar on your computer screen keeps you sane

How the progress bar on your computer screen keeps you sane

VIDEO: A lot of time spent on the computer involves waiting -- for programmes to load, files to save and so on. The progress bar is our constant companion during these periods. We hardly ever give a thought to the progress bar. This delightful video tells you that there is a lot more behind this humble utility. The video traces the evolution of the device and the psychology that lies behind it. SOURCE: TED ...
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A ritual for the later years of life: give away what you have treasured

A ritual for the later years of life: give away what you have treasured

VIDEO: We use rituals to mark the early stages of our lives, like birthdays and graduations -- but what about our later years? In this meditative talk about looking both backward and forward, Bob Stein proposes a new tradition of giving away your things (and sharing the stories behind them) as you get older, to reflect on your life so far and open the door to whatever comes next. SOURCE: TED ...
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The population bomb has been defused -- Malthus was wrong

The population bomb has been defused — Malthus was wrong

VIDEO/ INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: In order to put the dire prognostications of Malthus and Ehrlich about population growth outstripping the capacity of the Earth to feedits people, inally to rest, an important component is needed - lower fertility rates. Overall world fertility has fallen. There's a strong association between fertility and income levels - once a country passes about $5,000 in per capita annual gross domestic product, it almost never has a high fertility rate. Overpopulation concerns have shifted from global to regional. Countries such as Nigeria, Ethiopia, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo still have very high fertility rates. SOURCE: Bloomberg ...
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The brain-body connection is more than we think it is

The brain-body connection is more than we think it is

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS/ VIDEO: An all pervasive “cerebral mystique” creates a false dichotomy between the brain and the body and ignores bodily influences on our psychology, from chemicals in the blood to bacteria in the gut. What’s outside the body also influences the mind. The environment floods the brain with the equivalent of about 10 megabytes of information per second SOURCE: National Geographic ...
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3 myths about the future of work

3 myths about the future of work

VIDEO: "Will machines replace humans?" This question is on the mind of anyone with a job to lose. In this video, Daniel Susskind confronts this question and three misconceptions we have about our automated future, suggesting we ask something else: How will we distribute wealth in a world when there will be less -- or even no -- work? SOURCE: TED ...
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There is no scientific basis for homeopathy

There is no scientific basis for homeopathy

VIDEO: Homeopathy is one of the most popular systems of alternative and complementary therapy. Its effectiveness has been repeatedly questioned. This is a carefully constructed, objective look at homeopathy. Based on what we know from modern Science, there is no support for its use other than as a placebo. Homeopathy doesn't work. Its claimed success may well be the result of a placebo effect derived from the routine of analysing a patient's complaint and prescribing a long and arcane set of do's and don'ts.The video explains many principles about drug testing and therapeutic usage. SOURCE: Kurzgesagt ...
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Don't look to YouTube for getting rich: only the top 3% make worthwhile money

Don’t look to YouTube for getting rich: only the top 3% make worthwhile money

VIDEO/ ARTICLE: YouTube stars are cult heroes. Some of them make six figure incomes from ad revenues on their channels. You can have a million views a month and still not be able to make rent. Breaking into the top 3% (more than 1.4 million views per month)  of most-viewed channels could bring in advertising revenue of about $16,800 a year,  Hold on to your day job. SOURCE: Bloomberg Technology ...
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A rich social life is the key to living longer

A rich social life is the key to living longer

VIDEO: The Italian island of Sardinia has more than six times as many centenarians as the mainland and ten times as many as North America. Why? According to longevity researcher Susan Pinker, it's not a sunny disposition or a low-fat, gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders alive so long -- it's their emphasis on close personal relationships and face-to-face interactions. SOURCE: TED via YouTube ...
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How compassionate architecture can create dignity for all

How compassionate architecture can create dignity for all

VIDEO: This video takes to task the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, respected, honoured and seen. The speaker, John Cary, calls for architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the public good, not just the privileged few. "Well-designed spaces are not just a matter of taste or a questions of aesthetics," he says. "They literally shape our ideas about who we are in the world and what we deserve." SOURCE: TED ...
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The danger of a single story

The danger of a single story

VIDEO: Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. SOURCE: TED via YouTube ...
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Visual intelligence: what you don't see is as important as what you see

Visual intelligence: what you don’t see is as important as what you see

VIDEO: Visual intelligence is the concept that we see more than we can process and it's the idea of thinking about what we see, taking in the information and what do we really need to live our lives more purposefully and do our jobs more effectively. In this video, the speaker Amy Herman shows us the importance of considering what is missing in the images we see as much as what is present. SOURCE: Big Think via YouTube ...
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The urgent need for managing our Earth as a common resource

The urgent need for managing our Earth as a common resource

VIDEO: We all share one planet -- we breathe the same air, drink the same water and depend on the same oceans, forests and biodiversity. Economist Naoko Ishii is on a mission to protect these shared resources, known as the global commons, that are vital for our survival. In an eye-opening talk about the wellness of the planet, Ishii outlines four economic systems we need to change to safeguard the global commons, making the case for a new kind of social contract with the earth. SOURCE: TED ...
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