“According to new data compiled by the Pew Research Center, young people are actually voracious readers. It found that a majority of them (ages 16-29) read books and frequent libraries more often than older generations. They’re even reading more than older generations: Some 43% of young Americans said they read a book on a daily basis, a rate similar to older adults, and 88% of Americans under 30 said they read a book in the past year, more than the 79% of those age 30 and older. Some of this can be attributed to the fact that the many of the 16-29 age range are students in school (although students are increasingly utilizing online resources). But the report’s findings contradict popular opinion that young people these days are glued to their smartphones and don’t appreciate the written world. Sorry olds, but the younger generation definitely enjoys a good read here and there.”—New Research Takes Down One of the Biggest Misconceptions About Young Americans - Mic (via christhilk)
Breakout Labs shines a spotlight on a contrarian contention Thiel has been advancing in essays, talks, and debates since about 2008, which has come to be known as the “tech stagnation thesis.” Thiel contends that the amazing advances we have seen in computer science and communications have masked ominously disappointing progress in energy, transportation, biotech, disease prevention, and space travel. That slowdown, he maintains, accounts for the near stagnation in real incomes and wages we have experienced since 1973, and for widening inequality in wealth distribution.
When we invest our time and energy in technology — as creators or consumers — we should invest in products that belong in “The Future” and not those that make our lives disappear faster than they already do.
Personally, my life’s already going by at the speed of light. But this past year, it felt just the tiniest bit slower.
NEW YORK—Saying that she could use a short reminder of why she has a significant sway in the shaping of the collegiate sports landscape, sources confirmed that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spent the first 15 minutes of a College Footba…
I remember when we decided to go with auto-save on Emurse.com back in 2005. It remained one of the most ‘controversial’ decisions we made, in that it created a never ending stream of customer support emails asking how to save things.
The Tesla Model S drive unit warranty has been increased to match that of the battery pack. That means the 85 kWh Model S, our most popular model by far, now has an 8 year, infinite mile warranty on both the battery pack and drive unit.
Okay, so we debunked this silly argument back in 2006 (and again in 2008), but it appears to be back again now that the net neutrality battle is heating up: it’s the idea that because we have CDNs, the internet has never been neutral.
Researchers at Harvard Business School call this the “red sneakers effect”. In a study published by The Journal of Consumer Research they note that professors dressed less formally at academic events as they gained higher status. Students also perceived unshaven, devil-may-care professors as more knowledgeable than ones in a dress shirt and tie. These mildly rebellious signals are powerful in a culture that has long emphasized conformity as the road to social acceptance. “Instead of showing you can afford to spend money,” the authors explain, “you’re showing you can afford to spend your social capital… You’re saying, I’m so autonomous and successful that I can afford to dress in a non-conforming way.”
The way we signal status has also changed. Especially in business, success isn’t just about looking wealthy, but about looking different. A lot rides on the perspective of the viewer. Not everyone will look favorably on red sneakers in a professional setting. At a recent business-school symposium at which a professor wore red converse sneakers, executives who also owned a pair of eccentric shoes granted the professor higher professional status than those who didn’t.
But besides science, there’s also common sense. Any intense exercise comes with the risk of injury—perhaps especially one that has Pukey as its mascot. And if you dive into CrossFit after not working out for a while, you’re probably particularly prone to breaking something or worse. Even the CrossFit founder acknowledges—and celebrates—this. “It can kill you,” he once told the New York Times. “I’ve always been completely honest about that.” Whether he likes it or not, the science only seems to back him up.
“Become an anti-disciplinarian. We use the word “anti-disciplinary” at the MIT Media Lab. We want people who both break the boundaries of disciplines and can move seamlessly between them. Worldviews and frameworks are so different between the traditional disciplines that practitioners have a difficult time talking to each other. The anti-disciplinarian has a global worldview that means you can translate what you learn from one discipline into another. That means you can pull together insights and translate them usefully for others. As disciplines keep changing and reinventing themselves, and as the world gets more connected, being able to move seamlessly between these different languages becomes increasingly important.”—How to thrive in a world where change is constant | ideas.ted.com (via vanderwal)
Glenn Greenwald talks to WIRED in a candid interview about the importance of the most recent Snowden leak, the liklihood that there is a second leaker, and why the government asked him to not “name names”.
“This belief implicates a difficult and important question of religion and moral philosophy, namely, the circumstances under which it is wrong for a person to perform an act that is innocent in itself but that has the effect of enabling or facilitating the commission of an immoral act by another,” he writes. “Arrogating the authority to a binding national answer to this religious and philosophical question, HHS and the principal dissent in effect tell the plaintiffs that their beliefs are flawed. For good reason, we have repeatedly refused to take such a step.”
In the case syllabus, the majority points to the moral and theological questions involved and writes: “It is not for the Court to say that the religious beliefs of the plaintiffs are mistaken or unreasonable.”
Giles Parkinson: As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it’s used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over
There’s a problem with Silicon Valley and the subcultures that imitate it. It’s a design bug woven into people’s identities and sense of self-worth. Influential and otherwise very smart people will deny till their last breath that it even exists. But I believe it does and should be fixed before it gets any worse.