In this article, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee discuss the second machine age, in which artificial intelligence and the ability of most people to access online resources will come together to create new innovations.
Can you imagine a world where humans aren’t reliant on fossil fuels? Such a thing may seem impossible, but Christiana Figueres believes this ambitious goal is not only possible, but within reach.
Though slavery was outlawed in the late 1800s, forced labor remained legal in the United States if someone was convicted of a crime. Langston Hughes wrote about such a loophole in his powerful essay examining the harshness of chain gangs.
Humans currently have their eyes set on colonizing Mars in the near future. Read on to learn how Venus may be a better option.
The late Garry Davis, a former bomber pilot haunted by his World War II experiences, hoped to unite all of mankind by eliminating national boundaries.
Did you ever wonder what the Harlem Renaissance looked like? See for yourself by watching a video about this age of discovery for modern African-American literature, art, and music.
Scientists have created a robot that can be controlled with brain waves and subtle hand gestures. This paves the way for more responsive and intuitive robots. Are robot butlers and personal care workers in our future?
The World Wide Web recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Read about how the internet as we know it was developed and how it transformed the world.
Massive changes for food and sustainability are on the horizon. Read on to catch a glimpse of what the future has in store.
Writer, anthropologist, and life of the party, Zora Neale Hurston, was a key figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Read this “retrobituary” to learn about her life and death.
Reducing or eliminating meat consumption reduces our toll on Earth’s resources. Read about how people are searching for meat-free and sustainable food options.
Stories, novels, and movies allow us to consider possibilities beyond our everyday experiences. Some philosophers and nuclear physicists have begun to question whether the science-fiction movie The Matrix might have touched on a scientific reality.
Technological advances force some objects to become obselete. Something widely used even ten years ago may now be a relic. An online museum aims to catalog and preserve the sounds these outdated objects make.
View the infographic to gauge the danger-level and likelihood of potential AI scenarios.
Due to high rental rates and low salaries in the 1920s through the 1950s, black tenants in Harlem threw rent parties to help pay their rent. Langston Hughes collected cards advertising such events.
Are humans the only intelligent lifeforms in the universe or have aliens remained undiscovered due to limited data sets? This article presents both sides of a question that many find impossible to answer: Are we alone?
Look at the infographic to see a timeline of Ray Kurzweil’s predictions for the future of mankind and technology.
In this essay, Arthur Miller describes how he prepared to write his famous play by immersing himself in the world of the Salem witch trials.
Tom Sutcliffe, who writes about the arts and media, examines artists’ struggle to make works relating to 9/11.
Author Tim O’Brien talks to a reporter from The Washington Post about how he remains deeply haunted by his time as a solider in the Vietnam War.