"By submitting the user to a process of self-exposure to others, Facebook renders virtual social life a staged act – a performance. This is why the Facebook self is so often criticized for being highly performative.
However, as Erving Goffman argued in The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1959), the self is always a performance, in which individuals attempt to control the impression that others have of them. This fact is unsettling, because it means that in recognizing the way we present our lives and construct our identities on Facebook to be a performance, we then come to question our personal identity offline too."
A new quantum equation suggests that the Universe has no beginning or end, and it could also account for dark matter and dark energy. Researchers have created a new model that applies our latest understanding of quantum mechanics to Einstein’s...
Writer Jesse Armstrong couldn’t go even a few minutes without checking the headlines. So he set himself a challenge: no news for a month. Would he feel better about the world – or just out of the loop?
Google’s vice-president Vint Cerf has warned that all digitally stored information could be wiped out by tech upgrades, putting the sum total of human knowledge under threat. An author and scientist explains why today’s systems are so vulnerable – and how pioneers are preparing for the worst
Humans should be worried about the threat posed by artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates has said. The Microsoft founder said he didn't understand people who were not troubled by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control.
This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of Popular Science. Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a colony of aliens incubating in his laboratory.
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