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We need a survival guide for thinking because we're bad at it

Alan Jacobs takes a thoughtful approach to thinking in his book How To Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds.

Spark Guide to Life: Being a Better Human in A Digital World

We need a survival guide for thinking because we're bad at it. What Confucius, The Buddha, and Aristotle can teach us about technology. Online is the loneliest number.

What Confucius, The Buddha, and Aristotle can teach us about technology

Philosophy professor Shannon Vallor argues that to deal with the relentless pace of technological change, we should take inspiration from traditional virtue ethics.

Online is the loneliest number

The Loneliness Project gets people to share stories about loneliness online.

When it comes to books, size matters

Storage space solution uses size, not subject to organize collection.

Spark Guide to Life: Libraries and Museums

New technology allows Holocaust survivors to answer the questions of future generations. Breaking down the walls of the traditional museum. When it comes to books, size matters. Modern libraries innovate to better serve their communities.

New technology allows Holocaust survivors to answer the questions of future generations

Interactive exhibit provides an interactive experience

Breaking down the walls of the traditional museum

Museums will become more open and collaborative

Modern libraries innovate to better serve their communities

Today's libraries are about way more than just getting lost in the stacks — they're now community centres.

AI's problem with disability and diversity

How machine learning is failing people who don't fit into the norm.

Spark Guide to Life: AI and our Freaky Future

Blade Runner and what it means to be human in the age of AI. AI's problem with disability and diversity. Exercise app shows why anonymous data can still be dangerous. Optical illusions for computers. Google's fun 'match your selfie with art' app points to the scary future of facial recognition.

Optical illusions for computers

Students at MIT have created a 3D printed turtle that tricks a computer into thinking it's a rifle.

Google's fun 'match your selfie with art' app points to the scary future of facial recognition

Google's Arts and Culture app is a fun game, but privacy researcher Vitaly Shmatikov cautions that you should think seriously about how freely you handover your selfies.

Exercise app shows why anonymous data can still be dangerous

A recent release of anonymous data from the fitness tracking app Strava revealed the locations of secret military bases around the world.

Blade Runner and what it means to be human in the age of AI

Blade Runner 2049 is out this week, raising provocative questions about the future of artificial intelligence. We look at what our pop culture fascination with androids and human-like tech says about what makes us human.

Want to look at this guy's website? Go offline

Chris Bolin sends a message to the internet-addicted

Spark Guide to Life: Getting Better at Your Online Life

Want to look at this guy's website? Go offline. Would you let a robot answer your emails? Notifications stress me out. How I cut them down to improve my well-being. 'Loudly Crying Face': Your cute emojis are spoiling social media for blind users. Is podcast listening good for you?

Would you let a robot answer your emails?

Tech journalist Mike Brown let Google's Smart Reply answer all his emails for one week.

Notifications stress me out. How I cut them down to improve my well-being

We look at the effect notifications and alerts have on our well-being.

'Loudly Crying Face': Your cute emojis are spoiling social media for blind users

Accessibility consultant Sassy Outwater-Wright is fed-up with people using too many emojis in their Twitter user name. She makes the case for a more inclusive internet while keeping social media trendy with GIFs and emoticons.

Is podcast listening good for you?

This is your brain on podcasts.

Why you should read War and Peace on your phone

Clive Thompson decided to read War and Peace on his phone. It turned out to be a journey that took him into the heart of attention, distraction, and focus in a digital age.

Do you really "own" your smart devices?

How personal property is changing in our Internet-of-thingsy world.

Spark Guide to Life: Protecting Yourself in the Digital World

Your photos can be used in 'catfishing' romance scams. The real cost of our love of tech: the environment. Do you really "own" your smart devices? When moral outrage goes viral.

When moral outrage goes viral

Moral outrage can be powerful. But do we risk deepening social divides when it happens online?