What are Rare Earth Elements?

Conversation Most Americans use rare earth elements every day – without knowing it, or knowing anything about what they do. That could change, as these unusual materials are becoming a focal point in the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. Stanley Mertzman, a geologist whose specialty is X-ray analysis of rocks and minerals … Continue reading What are Rare Earth Elements?

The Eye of Sauron is Upon Us

Written by James Heddle  EON Edited by O Society  Mar 13, 2019 5G - Surveillance Capitalism on Steroids Part 2 of The Panopticon Perplex Tolkin’s fictional Dark Lord Sauron used a magic all-seeing orb to overlook and intervene in the affairs of Middle Earth - Now we have our own real world counterparts "We have work … Continue reading The Eye of Sauron is Upon Us

On Being Human: No, Your Brain is Not a Computer

Neuroscience gives us invaluable, wondrous knowledge about the brain – including an awareness of its limitations written by Alan Jasanoff Aeon edited by O Society Mar 10, 2019 More than 2,000 years ago, the semi-mythical father of medicine, Hippocrates of Kos, challenged the spiritualists of his time with a bold claim about the nature of the human … Continue reading On Being Human: No, Your Brain is Not a Computer

The Decline of American Science

by Edward Dougherty   American Affairs Winter 2019 Imagine sitting in front of your television in 1969, watching the Apollo lunar landing, and noting the marvels of modern engineering. The person sitting next to you responds, “Oh yes, but this is a passing fad; soon we will return to premodern engineering. Groping in the dark requires … Continue reading The Decline of American Science

AI Writes Convincing Prose; Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Fed with billions of words, this algorithm creates convincing articles and shows how AI could be used to fool people on a mass scale. by Will Knight MIT Review Feb 14, 2019 Here’s some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the … Continue reading AI Writes Convincing Prose; Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes

by Zeynep Tufekci Wired Feb 18, 2019 IN THE SUMMER of 2006, Fidel Castro unexpectedly announced he was temporarily handing over power to his brother. Turns out he needed to undergo intestinal surgery. Afterward, an anchor on state-run television read a statement, said to have been written by Castro, attesting that all was well. But there … Continue reading The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes

How a failing capitalist system is allowing Amazon to cripple America

Capitalism is failing in America, and Amazon is both the cause and beneficiary of much of the breakdown. Jeff Bezos said, “We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first. Invent. And be patient.” He might have added three capitalist practices … Continue reading How a failing capitalist system is allowing Amazon to cripple America