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A Stanford professor explains how tech titans channel obscure philosophies to convince us — and themselves — they’re being wronged

Closeup photo of Peter Thiel wearing a suit during an interview.
Closeup photo of Peter Thiel wearing a suit during an interview.
Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel visits “FOX & Friends” at Fox News Channel Studios on August 09, 2019 in New York City. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

By reprinting six key works by the slowly fading Polish SF giant Stanislaw Lem, MIT Press hopes to revive his varied and considerable legacy

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What happens when Google, Microsoft, and other big tech companies call on philosophers for ethics help

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A conversation with theoretical physicist and bestselling author of ‘The Order of Time,’ Carlo Rovelli

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  1. You did not exactly accomplish everything you might have wanted to over the last 10 years.
  2. You are thinking about the next decade, especially considering the not-unlikely prospect that it will look a lot like the last one, and/or:
  3. You are thinking about what lies at the end of that next one. Namely, perhaps, the deadline, 2030, at which point the world’s climate scientists say we…

How a psychological bias could be keeping us from protecting our data

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Technology is often regarded as a tool shaped either by the intentions of its users or its designers — but philosopher Martin Heidegger disagreed

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A group of YouTubers are countering toxic, far-right discourse online by stealing their strategies

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What a map to a Garfield-themed restaurant can teach us about A.I.

What an enigma.
What an enigma.
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A popular MIT quiz asked ordinary people to make ethical judgments for machines

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There’s a case to be made that this world is one big role-playing game

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