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Near-zero cost labor: The disruptive economics of humanoid robots

The robots are coming, and things really are different this time. This technology is genuinely something new under the sun. But not everything about the imminent disruption of labor by humanoid robotics is novel. We’ve seen versions of this movie before. We can use the Seba Technology Disruption Framework (STDF) to predict how the story […]

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Chinese EV manufacturers shift into the passing lane

We are in the midst of a disruption in transportation that will have profound implications for the global economy, geopolitics, the environment and more. China, the world’s largest automobile producer since the late 2000s, has embraced new energy vehicles, particularly battery-electric vehicles in a way that no other country in the world has.

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100% SWB isn’t just a possibility, it’s already happening

In RethinkX’s 2020 Energy report, Rethinking Energy 2020-2030, Adam Dorr and Tony Seba wrote, “It is both physically possible and economically affordable to meet 100% of electricity demand with the combination of solar, wind, and batteries (SWB).” Despite predictable skepticism from mainstream analysts and incumbent interests, the data show that SWB has already begun to

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This time, we are the horses: the disruption of labor by humanoid robots

In the 15 years between 1907 and 19022, horses went from providing 95% of all private vehicle-miles traveled on American roads to less than 20%. In areas like New York City, which led in the adoption of automobiles, the disruption of transportation was swift and transformative – as shown in the images below. In St.

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Transforming Cultures and Selves: The Structure of Metamodern Religion IV

Guest post by the author of Octopusyarn. I’ve speculated on the Structure of Metamodern Religion in terms of its philosophical and coordination layers. But how might all of this make a difference in your life?  In order for Metamodern Religion to become a lived reality and actually have an impact on people’s lives, it needs

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Cosmo-local Coordination: The Structure of Metamodern Religion III

Guest post by the author of Octopusyarn. Global problems from climate change to arms races need global, or better yet, planetary solutions. Religion may be able to defeat Moloch, where all international treaties have failed before. If it is to address the crises outlined in the previous part, Metamodern religion needs to enable Cosmo-local coordination. 

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A Dramatic Introduction to Metamodernism and the Philosophy of Hanzi Freinacht

A week-long introduction to metamodernism with Hanzi Freinacht, Emil Ejner Friis and Daniel Görtz Metamodernism? The philosophy and culture emerging at the social singularity where hackers, hippies, and hipsters meet and co-create. Stakes rise, potentials abound, but so do risks and pitfalls of this new cultural and economic landscape. Metamodernism marries critical thinking and ethical commitment to inner

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When God Winks at You

Just now I remembered a story I want to tell: the most magical / divine intervention / storybook perfect moment of my life. I was invited as a guest at an international conference of activists in Canada. Because it was a meeting of mostly North American progressives, the conference was pretty tense. The typical lefty

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