Archive for December, 2014

5 Free Apps For Making & Breaking Habits

Self examination and productivity are two trends that go hand-in-hand lately. Check out some free apps to help make you more successful at whatever you want to accomplish. Read more via Fast Company

Pope Francis will call for the religious vote to act on climate change

In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, give an address to the UN general assembly and call a summit of the world’s main religions…“Our academics supported the pope’s initiative to influence next year’s crucial

Do We Fear Utopia?

Can we achieve balance between nature and technology? Can technology help us create a harmonious life for everyone on this planet? Can we tolerate utopia? Do we fear utopia? If we were to compare the number of utopian science fiction movies to the number of

Otohime and the changing nature of privacy

By Tim Cole We need to remind ourselves from time to time that privacy and secrecy are not the normal human condition. In fact, privacy is an invention of the 18th and 19th centuries. The rising middle-classes suddenly found themselves wealthy enough to build private

The Everything Book: reading in the age of Amazon

Instead, Amazon wants to enhance what’s on the screen with software. If there’s a unifying idea to the Kindle as an app, it’s in fixing the little things that once made you put down your book in frustration. A feature called X-Ray, for example, stores

5 Simple Policies That Make Danish Workers Happier Than Americans

You will often see Denmark listed in surveys as the “happiest country on the planet.” Interestingly Danes are not only happy at home, they’re also happy at work. According to most studies of worker satisfaction among nations, the happiest employees in the world are in

This Is How It Looks (to some) When Robots Take Our Jobs

That takes up a big chunk of the worry space: that there is one artificial agent that becomes very powerful, and is therefore able to shape the future according to its goals. Those goals may not have anything to do with human goals. They may

In Case You Missed It – Gerd’s Year in Pocket

A few of the most popular things shared on Pocket this year were: The Overprotected Kid – The Atlantic The Case for Reparations – The Atlantic The Quiet German: The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel, The Most Powerful Woman in the World – The New