Ideas

The most successful activists don’t fight backlash, they embrace it

1 month ago admin2 Comments Off on The most successful activists don’t fight backlash, they embrace it
By many measures, America is slowly moving to a more equal and socially just climate. It may take hundreds of years, but advocacy and activism are inching us closer to an idealized version of society: child poverty rates are at record lows, high school graduation rates are up, and public support for same-sex marriage continues Read More

Forget the Turing Test—give AI the F. Scott Fitzgerald Test instead

3 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Forget the Turing Test—give AI the F. Scott Fitzgerald Test instead
Scott Fitzgerald pinned human intelligence on its tolerance of paradox. But what kind of artificial intelligence could pass his test? In his 1936 essay “The Crack-Up,” Fitzgerald writes that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability Read More

There are now gold-backed cryptocurrencies for Muslims that conform with Sharia

4 months ago admin2 Comments Off on There are now gold-backed cryptocurrencies for Muslims that conform with Sharia
Cryptocurrency is not great for your blood pressure. With prices soaring and plummeting on a weekly basis, there is a fast buck to be made, but also a lot to lose—and quickly. That doesn’t go down so well with Muslim nations. In the Islamic faith, it’s believed that economic activity should be based on real, Read More

Even in the kitchen, women can’t win

4 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Even in the kitchen, women can’t win
Ladies, are you in the kitchen right now? Because if you’re putting any thought into what you’re cooking, you’re probably doing it wrong. Whether you’re making an egg in a custom-crafted egg spoon or drying out chicken skin with a cleverly repurposed hair dryer, society would like to point out that you’re using the wrong Read More

Gianni Versace lived and died in an era of silence around AIDS. 20 years later, little has changed

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Gianni Versace lived and died in an era of silence around AIDS. 20 years later, little has changed
The second episode of the new miniseries The Assassination of Gianni Versace, airing on FX now, is steeped in the lore of America’s AIDS and HIV epidemic. Most of the episode takes place in mid-90s South Beach—a place far removed from modern-day Miami, with its status as a mecca of art, real estate, and luxury living.  Back Read More

Facebook is using an old drug dealer tactic to keep its users hooked

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Facebook is using an old drug dealer tactic to keep its users hooked
Facebook is going to stop putting news directly from publisher pages into your newsfeed. Soon, if you read about Donald Trump calling certain African and Caribbean countries “shitholes,” or about his $130,000 payment for silence regarding his alleged sexual encounter with an adult film star, it will likely be because a friend or family member Read More

The darker side to winning the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The darker side to winning the Amazon HQ2 sweepstakes
As the frenzy to snag the Amazon HQ2 prize gains steam among the cities watching for signs of favor from Jeff Bezos, it may be time to reexamine the stakes for the winning bid. Cities vying to be Amazon’s next headquarters are dazzled by the potential benefits—local job opportunities, enhanced private-sector productivity and competitiveness, as Read More

Trump is divorced from reality, but is he also being separated from his powers?

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Trump is divorced from reality, but is he also being separated from his powers?
This week in Washington, an excerpt from a new book on the Trump White House landed like a bombshell. The details were salacious, confirming the worst suspicions of his detractors: Trump is incurious, intellectually lazy, and a bully. He uses people to further his own ends and then discards them. He demands loyalty and fealty, Read More

China’s role in Zimbabwe’s regime change says more about China than Zimbabwe

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on China’s role in Zimbabwe’s regime change says more about China than Zimbabwe
The fall of Robert Mugabe has dominated global coverage of Africa over the past few weeks. In Western coverage of the first week after the coup in Zimbabwe there was speculation about what China knew beforehand and whether Beijing played an active role in pushing for it. China’s mention drowned out other notable external stakeholders Read More

Who’s a “badder bitch” than Taylor Swift? These feminist heroes

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Who’s a “badder bitch” than Taylor Swift? These feminist heroes
What does it mean to be a badass? It’s an interesting question. To some people, it means the ability to look credibly tough while wearing a leather jacket. As someone who does not possess this talent, I have deep respect for Fonzie and all other people with this skill set. But this is a superficial Read More