This Week’s Awesome Stories from Around the Web (Through Aug 30, 2014)


What’s the most gripping, mind-bending story you’ve read this week? The Hub team has put together the week’s most intriguing stories from around the web. Did we miss anything? If so, add it to the comments.

Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future? | Slate
“While there is overlap, each name represents a unique camp of thought, strategy, and possible historical outcome for the people pushing their vision of the future. Whatever wins out will be the buzzword that both the public and history will embrace as we continue to move into a future rife with uncertainty and risk…”

Journalism and the internet: Is it the best of times? No — but it’s not the worst of times either | GigaOM
Is there a lot of noise and low-quality writing on the internet? Definitely. Does much of it come from sites that claim to be doing journalism? You bet. Is any of this unique to the internet age? Not even close. 

Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program | The Atlantic
“The company’s framework for societal transformation has been conditioned by the relentless decrease in cost and increase in performance of computers. They believe order-of-magnitude changes can happen quickly because they’ve seen and participated in both the rise of the commercial web and the astonishing growth of mobile computing.”

​Climate Change Has an Outrage Problem | Motherboard
“When scientists are scared, you know shit is getting real.”

Looking to the Future of Data Science | The New York Times
“Mr. Etzioni is leading a growing team of 30 researchers that is working on systems that move from data to knowledge to theories, and then can reason. The test, he said, is: ‘Does it combine things it knows to draw conclusions?” This is the step from correlation, probabilities and prediction to a computer system that can understand, in its way.'”

Basic Income Is Practical Today…Necessary Soon | Hawkins Ventures
“Workforce automation will drive away the need for humans to work, allowing us to enter a new era of post-abundance society with Basic Income. We are going to discuss why this is something that is possible today, easy to accomplish in 20 years, and necessary in 40 years.”

How China’s mobile ecosystem is different from the West | The Next Web
“Such a huge smartphone market is a double-edged sword — it means a large pool of potential users for app developers, but it’s also harder to figure out what works and what doesn’t.”

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David J. Hill
David J. Hill
David started writing for Singularity Hub in 2011 and served as editor-in-chief of the site from 2014 to 2017 and SU vice president of faculty, content, and curriculum from 2017 to 2019. His interests cover digital education, publishing, and media, but he'll always be a chemist at heart.
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