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NEXT: Theocracy in America?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Theocracy in America?

My undergraduate major was ancient history, which I switched to (from economics) because of a brilliant and charismatic professor. I hung on his every word. Except for one occasion. He made a statement in class once to the effect that “Every society’s form of government eventually becomes a theocracy.” As an ancient historian, he was […]

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NEXT: China’s Social Credit System

David Staley David Staley NEXT: China’s Social Credit System

In his 2003 novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Cory Doctorow’s near-future fictional world features Whuffle, a digital form of social capital. In Doctorow’s world, reputation is the chief form of currency: through a digital app, anyone can discover anyone else’s reputation score. The higher your reputation, the better the products and services […]

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NEXT: Three Scenarios for the Columbus Crew

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Three Scenarios for the Columbus Crew

I was one of the first people who entered Crew Stadium. In the spring of 1999, about a week before the first official game was to be played, the Stadium was opened up to the general public, to walk around and marvel and gaze at. I arrived with my family in tow near the front […]

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NEXT: What if There Were Another Global Pandemic?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: What if There Were Another Global Pandemic?

This year marks the centenary of the Spanish Flu of 1918-1919, a global pandemic that killed somewhere between 50 and 100 million people worldwide. The deaths caused by the Spanish Flu occurred at a time when the Earth’s population was under 2 billion, meaning upwards of 5 percent of the world’s population were killed by […]

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NEXT: What If Organizations Could Run Themselves?

David Staley David Staley NEXT: What If Organizations Could Run Themselves?

Those who have been championing blockchain have imagined a myriad of applications beyond cryptocurrency. Recall that a blockchain is a kind of open, digital ledger that is being used to record and verify transactions, and is the technology that makes Bitcoin possible. There are advocates who wish to see blockchain used for other purposes, such […]

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NEXT: Redesigning Plants for Energy, Fuel, Light

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Redesigning Plants for Energy, Fuel, Light

Researchers at MIT recently unveiled a project where they inserted the enzyme that makes fireflies glow into a watercress plant. The result is a plant whose leaves glow for about four hours. At present, the glow produced is quite dim, but the engineers hope that via this technique they can convert the watercress into a […]

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NEXT: Tech That Generates Fake News

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Tech That Generates Fake News

The new ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Hoekstra, was asked by Dutch interviewers recently to clarify statements he had made in 2015 that Dutch cities were in chaos because of “the Islamic movement.” “There are cars being burned. There are politicians that are being burned…And yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands,” he told […]

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