In this TEDx Talks, energy expert Michael Shellenberger gives a provocative talk on how renewable technology is actually harming the environment. Needless to say, he's a devout fan of nuclear.
Environmentalists have long promoted renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms to save the climate. But what about when those technologies destroy the environment? In this provocative talk, Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment” and energy expert, Michael Shellenberger explains why solar and wind farms require so much land for mining and energy production, and an alternative path to saving both the climate and the natural environment. Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment and President of Environmental Progress, a research and policy organization. A lifelong environmentalist, Michael changed his mind about nuclear energy and has helped save enough nuclear reactors to…
We spent an amazing day at the Sustainable City, a housing development in Dubai with 3,500 people already living there and it's still not quite finished. This truly is a remarkable achievement, a stark lesson to building contractors the world over. It's not more expensive to build and it's hugely cheaper and more efficient to live in. Spread the word if you know any builders!
on YouTube, CookingTree offers silent recipes in the company of two toy mice.53More
Welcome to Altimir, Bulgaria, a village on the verge of extinction in the fastest-shrinking country in the world. Like many rural Bulgarians, Altimir’s residents regard the height of the Soviet Union as the halcyon days, when village life thrived and young people stuck around long enough to start a family. Now, 20 years after the fall of the USSR and a decade after it joined the European Union, Bulgaria is hemorrhaging citizens at a rate of 164 per day. It is at the front lines of population decline.
Gizmodo brings to attention the speech by New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern. In it, Arden notes that albeit social media was not responsbile for the shooting, it played a role for providing the tools of organisation and for allowing the massacre to be seen around the world.
That reference to the ‘publisher versus the postman’ refers to the American view on social media, which is largely shaped by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, originally passed in 1996. Section 230 designates internet forums as carriers like a telephone company or postal worker rather than a publisher and means that companies like Facebook and Twitter aren’t held responsible for the speech that occurs on their platforms. Prime Minister Ardern is now challenging that idea.
Playing to Beethoven, Daniel McKee puts centuries of flags together by design elements that connects them.73More
This short documentary by Kevin Staake looks at Abigail Goldman, who creates 1:87 scale dioramas of murder and dismemberment.
By day, she visits morgues, observes autopsies, and studies pictures of crime scenes. By night, she turns nightmarish imaginings into precise, red-splattered miniatures.
The Washington Post brings to attention the Speeder, a $380,000 vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft capable of travelling at over 240km/h for a distance of 72 km.
“This is a compact machine, like a motorcycle, that can take off vertically from your front lawn or driveway and land on the other side of the city in a similar position,” said Mayman, who famously made a jet-pack flight around the Statue of Liberty in 2015. “That kind of convenience and size is what we’ve all dreamed about, but this idea has always been treated like science fiction.”
As a Netflix-only home the question came up: how does Netflix make money if it doesn't show advertising? Someone on the Internet unsurprisingly answers that question.
In this video, we’re going to break down exactly how Netflix’s unique business model allows it to capture such a sizable audience, and how its vision for the future could cement the streaming disruptor as a bona-fide media titan.
With privacy being constantly eroded in more and more places in a constant quest for data mining just to sell you more stuff, Scientific American offers a link to https://applymagicsauce.com/demo to see what algorithms can inference about you just by your online activity. The world is starting to notice but it may be too late.
Examining the psychological profile that the algorithm derives from your online traces can certainly be entertaining. On the other hand, the algorithm’s ability to draw inferences about us illustrates how easy it is for anyone who tracks our digital activities to gain insight into our personalities—and potentially invade our privacy. What is more, psychological inferences about us might be exploited to manipulate, say, what we buy or how we vote.
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