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18 Oct 2013 Why privacy matters

The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research -- including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.


06 Oct 2013 On Moral Progress: Is the Human Conscience Led by the Head or the Heart?

Psychologist and author Steven Pinker and philosopher and novelist Rebecca Goldstein survey the history of moral progress in human society, a history, they say, suggesting that reason and logic have had a surprisingly powerful role in shaping the human condition.


26 Sep 2013 Why our IQ levels are higher than our grandparents'

In 1900, only 3% of Americans practiced professions that were deemed "cognitively demanding." Today, 35% of us do, and we have all learned to be flexible in the way that we think about problems...


22 Sep 2013 Dialling back the alarm on climate change

Global warming could be a net benefit during this century...