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John Cassidy: Is Surging Inequality Endemic to Capitalism?

John Cassidy: Is Surging Inequality Endemic to Capitalism? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
French economist Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-first Century” is a sweeping account of rising inequality. Reviewing the French edition of the book, which came out last year, Branko Milanovic, a former senior economist at the World Bank, called it “one of the watershed books in economic thinking.” The Economist said that it could change the way we think about the past two centuries of economic history. Piketty has written a book that nobody interested in a defining issue of our era can afford to ignore.
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People power

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The history of Western art tells a story of how humans came to think of themselves as beings who could shape the world
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8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Thanks to technology, our brains are being rewired -- for better or worse.
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Scientism in the Arts and Humanities

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As the ideology of scientism spreads to the study of art and literature, Roger Scruton argues that we risk believing that brains are but matter, paintings are but pixels, and all culture is nothing but “memes.”
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Machines Moored to the Seafloor Harness Ocean Power

Machines Moored to the Seafloor Harness Ocean Power | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Wave and tidal power innovations offer clear advantages over many of the other attempts made to draw energy from the oceans.
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Morgan Stanley's "Utopian Society" Will Be Built By Tesla Motors Inc. Is It Time to Call a Top?

Morgan Stanley's "Utopian Society" Will Be Built By Tesla Motors Inc. Is It Time to Call a Top? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A recent research report about the electric-car maker is full of hope and hot air, but its targets are so far off as to be utterly meaningless. - Alex Planes - Industrials
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The Mammoth Cometh

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Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening — and it’s going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad.
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FingerReader - Wearable Text-Reading Device on Vimeo

The FingerReader is a wearable device that assists in reading printed text. It is a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed…
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Sri Lankan apartment block to be world's tallest vertical garden

Sri Lankan apartment block to be world's tallest vertical garden | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Clearpoint Residencies, in Kotte, Sri Lanka, is vying for the title of the world's tallest vertical garden. It will be the first sustainable high-rise apart...
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Regret is the Perfect Emotion for Our Self-Absorbed Times

Regret is the Perfect Emotion for Our Self-Absorbed Times | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
We regret to inform you, but regret is not remorse
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Science and God: Compatible or antagonists?

Science and God: Compatible or antagonists? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A new study says there are misconceptions about the conflict between science and religion.
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Can Twitter Predict Major Events Such As Mass Protests? | MIT Technology Review

Can Twitter Predict Major Events Such As Mass Protests? | MIT Technology Review | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
The idea that the Twitter stream is a window into the future is persuasive. But is it true?
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Are killer robots an inevitable aspect of warfare?

Are killer robots an inevitable aspect of warfare? | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Advocates of lethal autonomous weapons highlight how ethical programming could make Terminator-esque robots more humane than human combatants.
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EXCLUSIVE: Siberian scientists announce they now have a 'high chance' to clone the woolly mammoth

EXCLUSIVE: Siberian scientists announce they now have a 'high chance' to clone the woolly mammoth | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Discovery of blood in creature frozen for 43,000 years is seen as major breakthrough by international team.
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"I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America"

Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) was an innovative stage and industrial designer, futurist, and urban planner who created and promoted a dynamic vision of the f...
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Synthetic biology and other benign technologies that could have a dark side - interview with Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh

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‘The Age of Atheism: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God,’ by Peter Watson

‘The Age of Atheism: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God,’ by Peter Watson | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
A weighty search for the meaning of life, or a least meaning in it
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Why utopian plans to create friendly cities — where people can 'say hi' and 'hug a stranger' — are doomed to fail

Why utopian plans to create friendly cities — where people can 'say hi' and 'hug a stranger' — are doomed to fail | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
In their quest to slay the 'chill' in big cities, these campaigns may be fighting a doomed battle to inject small town values into places that just don't want them
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The War on Reason

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Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry. Here's why they're wrong.
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Artificial muscles created from fishing line, sewing thread

Artificial muscles created from fishing line, sewing thread | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
Muscle fibers may be used for bionic limbs, exoskeletons and even temperature-sensing clothing, say researchers
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Termite-Inspired Robots Can Build Unsupervised

Termites building a mound don't need central guidance, or even to communicate directly. Researchers at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically I...
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Slime-Based Maps Simulate Real-World Transportation Networks - information aesthetics

Slime-Based Maps Simulate Real-World Transportation Networks - information aesthetics | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
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Warming from Arctic sea ice melting more dramatic than thought

Warming from Arctic sea ice melting more dramatic than thought | UtopianDynamics | Scoop.it
In addition to the melting sea ice, scientists are considering the impact that soot in the form of black carbon is having on sea ice melt.
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