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The strange psychology that shapes your reactions

In Microprocessing, columnist Angela Lashbrook aims to improve your relationship with technology every week. Microprocessing goes deep on the little things that define your online life today to give you a better tomorrow.

Whenever a popular web interface gets any kind of significant visual change, a lot of people react with confusion, dismay, and even anger. This month, it’s the new Google Docs sharing interface: The Next Web wrote an entire piece detailing complaints about the new sharing menu. One podcaster says she “just doesn’t like it,” and others are “completely baffled.”

Though the obvious reason people react so negatively…

The legendary scientist argues that things are getting better, not worse. If only he could get the world to believe him.

The rise of populism. The threat of domestic and international terrorism. The destruction of the environment. In recent years, you’d be forgiven for getting the feeling that the world was on a fast-accelerating slide.

But in two recent books — The Better Angels of Our Nature and Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress — cognitive scientist Steven Pinker set out to demonstrate quite the opposite: that life is better now than it has ever been.

Armed with data encompassing everything from the tone of the news to the declining rate of violence worldwide to the potential…

Founders and investors need a new code of ethics

Co-authored with Carrie Barron, MD, and Nicco Mele

Transformational change cannot occur suddenly — and sudden changes rarely turn out to be transformational. It’s clear that common practices at many of our largest tech platforms must change, but hoping for a shouting-at-the-barricades revolution is unrealistic and possibly unhelpful. While we — representing doctors, health tech professionals, and elements of the policymaking community — recognize and share public dissatisfaction with the behavior of many leading operators, boards, and corporations in the tech sector, we don’t believe that the necessary cultural shifts are best advanced through expressions of indignation or outrage. …


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