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  1. kalenjin shared this story from Shanghaiist.

    The entire province of Qinghai just ran for a week on only renewable energy Wow. [ more › ]
  2. kalenjin shared this story from NYT > The Upshot.

    Minority voters have a large political voice, immigration is seen as positive and multicultural identities are encouraged.

  3. kalenjin shared this story from naked capitalism.

    Report recognizes rationale for right to repair, via tweaks to existing rule-making procedures under existing copyright statutory framework.
  4. kalenjin shared this story from Quartz.

    In her 41 years as a professional designer, Paula Scher has dealt with a lot of egos. That’s why she has become a mastermind of “client diplomacy”—drawing on experiences from her days designing record covers for moody musicians to her current job creating high-profile brand identities for complex bureaucracies including Microsoft, Citibank and MoMA.

    Through books, magazines, frequent speaking engagements and even a recent Netflix documentary about her work, Scher is a superstar in design circles. A longtime partner at the design consultancy Pentagram, Scher, 68, has learned how to read a room and figured out how to tip client meetings in her favor. Her new 520-page monograph, Paula Scher: Works (Unit Editions) is as much a showcase of her award-winning creative output as her acuity with the psychology of boardroom dynamics.

    Paula Scher: Works

    One point she

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  5. kalenjin shared this story from Quartz.

    Robot at World Economic Forum in China

    Much has already been made about how artificial intelligence is going to transform our lives, ranging from visions of the future in which robots make humans obsolete to utopias in which technology solves intractable problems and frees up people to pursue their passions. Consultancy firm PwC ran the numbers, and came up with a relatively rosy scenario with regards to the impact AI will have on the global economy. By 2030, global GDP could increase by 14%, or $15.7 trillion, because of AI, the firm said in a report today (pdf).

    Almost half of these economic gains will accrue to China, where AI is projected to give the economy a 26% boost over the next 13 years—the equivalent of an extra $7 trillion in GDP. North America can expect a 14.5% increase in GDP, worth $3.7 trillion.

    According to PwC, North America will get the biggest economic boost in the next few years as consumers and industries are more ready to incorporate AI. By the mid-2020s, however, China will rise to the top. Since China’s economy is heavy on manufacturing, there is a lot of potential for technology to boost productivity, but it will take time for new technology and the necessary expertise to come up to speed. When this happens, AI-enabled technologies will be

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  6. kalenjin shared this story from HOME.

    ETFs have been big buyers of stocks this year, but they aren't the biggest ones, according to Goldman Sachs. In a research report published on Friday, Goldman analysts led by David Kostin outlined the most significant sources of equity buying in 2017, and where they see the market headed later this year.

  7. kalenjin shared this story from Dealbreaker.

    Muhammed Yesilhark is this close to turning things over to 40 electronic versions of himself.
  8. kalenjin shared this story from Visual Capitalist.

    Automobile enthusiasts around the world know brands like Studebaker, Plymouth and Packard, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any of these on the roads today. Former powerhouses in the American auto market – they have since become beloved by collectors, but lost to the general public.

    Today’s infographic comes from TitleMax and it looks at 14 now-defunct car brands and the circumstances that took them from highways to bygones.

    14 Defunct Car Brands, and How They Failed

    These are only a selection of a much longer list of car brands that have not survived to see the present day. What accounts for the churn rate of these brands?

    Bold Experiments, Boondoggles, and Burnouts

    Some car brands, like Tucker and Saturn, introduced new ideas that the market simply didn’t care for, didn’t perform as well as the competition, or were too ambitious for the industry climate.

    Others, like Edsel and DeLorean, met swift ends as they hemorrhaged money far faster than their owners anticipated. Even more brands were simply folded into the ever-expanding portfolios of either Ford or General Motors, the two biggest auto conglomerates ever to rule the roads.

    Bad Timing, or Worse Economy?

    Car sales rise and fall with broader economic trends because they are tied

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  9. kalenjin shared this story from Quartz.

    Before the sleek tech campuses, Silicon Valley was a thoroughly industrial landscape, producing the world’s computer chips and other high-tech components. From the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, when the manufacturing industry moved to East Asia, that meant the toxic chemicals used to make computer chips, semiconductors, and the like were being handled and dumped (sometimes literally) in California tech companies’ backyards. And that manufacturing legacy lives on in a huge amount of highly contaminated soil.

    California’s Santa Clara County, the seat of Silicon Valley, has more federal Superfund sites than anywhere else in the US.

    The county is home to 23 sites in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund program, meaning the federal government recognizes them as highly contaminated areas and have earmarked them for cleanup. (It’s the same program the Trump administration seeks to cut by 30%.) Almost all of the Santa Clara Superfund sites are located where there once were (or still are) high-tech manufacturing sites.

    In many

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  10. kalenjin shared this story from Quartz.

    By 2050 around 2.2 billion people could be added to the global population and more than half of that growth will occur in Africa.

    Africa will account for the highest population spurt with an additional 1.3 billion people on the continent, a new UN population report shows.

    Much of Africa’s population boom will come from Nigeria, currently the world’s 7th most populous country. By 2050, the report predicts, Nigeria will become the world’s third largest country by population, becoming one of the six nations projected to have a population of over 300 million.

    But the rapid population growth poses a conundrum for many African governments as to how public infrastructure, much of which is already at a deficit, will keep pace with the rising number of citizens. Nigeria currently struggles to cater to the education needs of its millions of annual high school graduates. Indeed, between 2010 and 2015, of the 10 million applicants that sought entry into Nigerian tertiary institutions, only 26% gained admission with Nigeria’s university system sorely lacking in capacity.

    UN’s report

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