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The Future

The Future
The Future Jul 20

An ice shelf melts and the world’s sea levels gain an inch

The sea level will rise many feet over the next hundred years, but the impact of a single shelf is huge.

The Future Jul 20

The online status indicator is dead

Instagram: stop snitching.

 
The Future Jul 20

The Tesla magic is gone

An corporate analyst estimated that almost a quarter of Tesla Model 3 orders may have been canceled. People who canceled their orders were driven by a variety of reasons.

The Future Jul 20

Soylent, but make it summery

Soylent’s newest flavor is actually pretty refreshing.

The Future Jul 19

Trump wants to endanger endangered animals even further

I guess they’re just pivoting to pure evil at this point.

The Future Jul 19

Single pollutants combine in the air like Voltron, may be making everything worse

Industrial pollutants link up with other chemicals and spur the formation of clouds, which have a huge influence on the climate.

The Future Jul 18

Neither conservatives nor Mark Zuckerberg actually care about fixing Facebook

And why would they?

The Future Jul 18

AI developers promise they won’t automate murder, with one notable exception

Over two thousand artificial intelligence developers and researchers just signed the Lethal Autonomous Weapons Pledge, agreeing to keep automation out of the decision to murder.

The Future Jul 18

Only by 4 a.m., when it cools down, can we sleep.

South Asian cities are already feeling the effects of our climate-changed world.

 
The Future Jul 18

Nothing is free, not even Android: EU fines Google $5.1 billion

The EU Commission slapped Google with a $5.1 billion antitrust fine for allegedly offering Android for free, and then manipulating phone developers.

The Future Jul 17

Google will help the UN with climate change research since the U.S. government won’t

Yesterday, the UN announced a satellite data-sharing partnership with Google in an effort to make scarcely-funded climate data more accessible.

The Future Jul 17

A visual history of America’s love affair with nuclear weapons

Declassified videos show the most powerful country on earth using the most powerful weapon humanity has ever known.

By Caroline Haskins

The Future Jul 16

The only stat about our plastic straw problem comes from... a nine-year-old boy

Back in 2011, a young environmental advocate made a few calls to straw manufacturers. When an environmental group published his findings, the figure took off.

The Future Jul 16

This Amazon Prime Day, try not to be a scab

What matters more, saving $7 on a spice rack or your soul?

The Future Jul 16

Facebook ad micro-targeting can manipulate individual politicians

Turns out the Labour Party’s digital voter registration drive was for the few, not the many.

The Future Jul 16

Libraries are filling an affordable fitness void

Librarians are providing yoga and tai chi classes for communities that need them.

The Future Jul 13

Uber introduces constant, real-time surveillance of drivers’ criminal records

On July 13, Uber told Axios that the company would be rolling out instant, rolling background checks.

The Future Jul 13

Gamergate ringleader experiences moral crisis, four years late

The subreddit r/KotakuInAction, a wellspring of the GamerGate movement, was briefly shut down by its regretful creator

The Future Jul 13

Digital ads are starting to feel psychic

Targeted advertising has become so uncanny, it feels like we’re being surveilled. Two artists want to hear these stories.

The Future Jul 12

Twenty-foot-tall rice could feed a flooded planet

When climate change floods regions around the world, deepwater rice could thrive while other species die off.