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Ramez Naam
Books: Nexus Series / The Infinite Resource. Faculty . Energy, climate, & innovation wonk. Optimist.
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Ash Jogalekar Aug 13
Darwin on confirmation bias, circa 1876: pay special attention to facts which challenge your biases since they are far more likely to slip through. The level of both honesty and modesty which he displays in his autobiography is quite remarkable.
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Nathan Long Aug 14
Replying to @ramez
I had an idea the other day for a zero interest payday loan shop, run by a charity. It would do two things: 1 - help people in need with small zero interest loans, and 2 - run the vulture shops out of business.
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Tobias S. Buckell Aug 13
This is why I donate to Modest Needs, which tries to embody getting money to people about to hit poverty or homelessness and intervenes: It also seems be an effective one-time intervention source
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Ramez Naam Aug 13
One-time interventions for families facing homelessness (like paying off back rent or first month of new rent) can be just as effective as longer-term programs, and help far more families for the same dollars spent:
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Ramez Naam Aug 13
Maybe! People doing unique, non-routine, creative work more likely to thrive than those doing repetitive work.
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Ramez Naam Aug 13
The number of independent bookstores in the US has soared over the last decade. predicted this quite a while ago. As Amazon kills big box bookstores, little ones with unique character and value thrive.
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Ramez Naam Aug 13
One-time interventions for families facing homelessness (like paying off back rent or first month of new rent) can be just as effective as longer-term programs, and help far more families for the same dollars spent:
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Ramez Naam Aug 13
Hey, here's a legit effort to make an open, secure, open-source social network where you own your data. Their kickstarter is down to the wire. Help put them over the top?
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Dina D. Pomeranz Aug 12
The share of undernourished people worldwide has fallen from about 1 in 5 people in 1990 to about 1 in 9 people in 2015:
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JesseJenkins Aug 10
"Most of the EU is shuttering coal, but its ultimate fate will likely come down to two countries: Germany and Poland. They account for 55% of the EU’s total coal generation, with nearly 80GW of operating capacity as of January 2018." -
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James L. Sutter Aug 10
Hey creatives! and I want to introduce you to our new business venture that'll CHANGE YOUR LIFE! With OublietteTM, we'll put you in an ACTUAL WELL until you get that novel finished! No getting distracted by the internet, other people, light—just pure productivity!
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Mike Masnick Aug 10
I know everyone is out there pushing their panels right now, but ours is actually going to be awesome: "Science Fiction Dreams of Electric Jobs" with & A little sci-fi & scenario planning about the future of work
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Naval Aug 9
Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself.
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Erik Brynjolfsson Aug 9
Measurement is the lifeblood of science, and good policy. Here’s a smart vision from Erica Groshen and Robert Groves for better national data collection.
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Gregor Macdonald Aug 8
Electric buses, whose rollout seemed like a surprise just a year or two ago, now seem part of the overall march of electrics in global, urban transport:
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Ramez Naam Aug 8
Replying to @tylerhnorris
Congrats!
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Steven Pinker Aug 8
How the media gets AI alarmingly wrong. It's just a technology, not omniscient malevolence waiting to be born.
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Erik Brynjolfsson Aug 8
Here's a nice feature story by on the and how we are awarding $1 Million to people who are working to create widely share prosperity.
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ian bremmer Aug 7
% of students learning a foreign language Liechtenstein 100% Luxembourg 100% Malta 100% Norway 100% Austria 100% Romania 100% France 100% Spain 96% Sweden 92% Finland 84% Italy 82% Germany 82% Iceland 78% Netherlands 70% Belgium 64% US 20% (Pew)
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BloombergNEF Aug 7
The electrification of road transport will move into top gear in the second half of the 2020s, thanks to tumbling battery costs and larger-scale manufacturing. Find highlights from the Electric Vehicle Outlook here:
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