What is the Doomsday Clock and why should we keep track of the time? Ian Lowe in Kurzweil explains.
For economist Albert O Hirschman, social planning meant creative experimentation rather than theoretical certainty. We could use more of his improvisatory optimism today, argues Simon Torracinta in the Boston Review.
The urban studies newsletter “Wrath of Gnon” explains how Americans should go about building a small town in 21st century.
How does India address the complicated claims of backwardness by various politically powerful castes, asks Suhas Palshikar in the Indian Express.
In the SmartSet, Grace Segran writes about her 14-day quarantine she spent in a Singapore hotel.
On the EdSurge podcast, Jeff Young explores the long and surprising history of “teaching machines” before modern computers were invented.
Billionaires such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson peddle the idea that space represents a public hope, all the while reaping big private profits,