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by Tim Urban
From the creator of the wildly popular blog Wait But Why, a fun and fascinating deep dive into what the hell is going on in our strange, unprecedented modern times.Between 2013 and 2016, Tim Urban became one of the world's most popular bloggers, writing dozens of viral, long-form articles about ever
Elon Tries (Badly) To Defend The Banning Of Journalists As Twitter Starts Blocking Links & Mentions Of Mastodon
Look, I fucking warned Elon that this is exactly how it would go. It's how it always goes. Remember Parler? They promised that they would moderate "based off the FCC and the Supreme court of the United States" (a nonsensical statement for a variety of reasons, including that the FCC does not regulat
Two weeks ago, I gave a lecture setting out my current thoughts on AI safety, halfway through my year at OpenAI. I was asked to speak by UT Austin’s Effective Altruist club. You can watch the lecture on YouTube here (I recommend 2x speed). The timing turned out to be weird, coming...
Try out my quantum mechanics course (and many others on math and science) on https://brilliant.org/sabine. You can get started for free, and the first 200 will get 20% off the annual premium subscription. In the past couple of years cold fusion has received renewed attention, though it's now been r
by Richard Madeley and Miranda Whelehan
Climate activist group XR protested across London this weekend to demand an end to the fossil fuel economy in coordination with the group Just Stop Oil. XR says it will work with other movements to block oil refineries across the UK and initiate a 'mass flood' of people in London, causing 'maximum d
Lots of talk yesterday as Elon Musk made a hostile takeover bid for all of Twitter. This was always a possibility, and one that we discussed before in looking at how little Musk seemed to understand about free speech. But soon after the bid was made public, Musk went on stage at TED to be…
Everyone has an opinion about how to legislate sex work (whether to legalize it, ban it or even tax it) ... but what do workers themselves think would work best? Activist Juno Mac explains four legal models that are being used around the world and shows us the model that she believes will work best
by John Oliver
As long as sex work has existed, so have efforts to end it. John Oliver explains why criminalizing the trade hasn’t helped the most vulnerable people involved, and why we should start listening to those at the center of the conversation: sex workers. Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subsc
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Yup - related: highly recommend @waitbutwhy book "What's Our Problem"