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    1. How The CEO Of Big Data Firm Splunk Is Using Data To Boost Social Purpose

      How The CEO Of Big Data Firm Splunk Is Using Data To Boost Social Purpose

      When Clenergy, the Australian-based renewable energy company, wanted to build the first commercial solar car, it sponsored, TeamArrow, a leading solar car racing team, to collect over 400 data points per second from the track. Powering this massive endeavor is Splunk, an $8 billion big-data analytics platform founded in 2003.

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      Mentions: Adobe Arizona
    2. Who Will Protect Artificial Intelligence From Humanity?

      Who Will Protect Artificial Intelligence From Humanity?

      Recent progress in robotics and artificial intelligence has blurred the line between man and machine. After more than 50 years of research, artificial intelligence (AI) systems haven’t quite matched their biological analogues, but they’re catching up: Uber’s self-driving truck drove 2,000 cases of beer over 120 miles, Google knows almost exactly what we’re searching for before we’ve typed it out in full; and many of us speak naturally to assistants waiting in our pockets or our kitchens.

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    3. How Judith Rodin Created A New Model for Philanthropic Funding At The Rockefeller Foundation

      How Judith Rodin Created A New Model for Philanthropic Funding At The Rockefeller Foundation

      In June 2016, Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin announced that she’d be stepping down after more than a decade of leadership. She's planning on staying until a successor is named, but finding someone with the right résumé might be tricky: The philanthropic agency she leaves behind barely resembles the one she once took over—or how traditional philanthropic funders act.

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    4. Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

      Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

      Europe's largest port—with a view of massive cranes out a kitchen window—the house is part of an experiment called Concept House Village, created to push the limits of sustainable design. Down the street, in the middle of a mostly empty field, another house tests features like an energy-producing toilet that harvests phosphate from pee. Another house, built from renewable materials, is designed to be constructed in a day.

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    5. Work In Social Impact? This New Tool Will Make Your Writing More Persuasive

      Work In Social Impact? This New Tool Will Make Your Writing More Persuasive

      For a nonprofit, good writing can mean survival: if you can't quickly convince donors or foundations that your work matters, you might not be able to keep doing it. Still, if you're staying up all night to write a grant proposal, you probably don't have time to study the latest research on persuasive writing. Even big-budget organizations with communications departments often struggle to connect with audiences.

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    6. Renewable Energy Might Have Enough Momentum To Survive A Trump Administration

      Renewable Energy Might Have Enough Momentum To Survive A Trump Administration

      During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to overturn much of the Obama Administration's agenda on energy and climate. From nixing the Paris Agreement, to "bringing back" the coal industry ("Trump Digs Coal" was a slogan), his stance was basically a mirror-opposite of the last eight years. Now that he's in power, or close to it, climate activists are quaking at the prospect. But perhaps there are reasons not to be too pessimistic.

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    7. This Reverse Alarm Clock Yawns To Remind You To Go To Bed On Time

      This Reverse Alarm Clock Yawns To Remind You To Go To Bed On Time

      Unlike most alarm clocks, Yawnie wants to help you get more sleep. The clock—still a concept at this point—is designed to nudge you when it's time for bed, rather than when it's time to get up. "Waking up in the morning is the most miserable time for a lot of people," says Ziyun Qi, one of the designers, who worked on the concept as a student at the School of Visual Arts. "The reason is pretty simple and obvious—because they didn’t get enough sleep."

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    8. Why Alphabet's Moonshot Factory Killed Off A Brilliant Carbon-Neutral Fuel

      Why Alphabet's Moonshot Factory Killed Off A Brilliant Carbon-Neutral Fuel

      It seemed like game-changing technology: Take carbon dioxide out of the ocean, and turn it into a carbon-neutral fuel that could be used in today's current gas tanks. When scientists at X—formerly Google X, the "moonshot factory" at Alphabet known for driverless cars and Wi-Fi on balloons—learned about a new process for turning seawater into fuel, they partnered with the researchers behind it to try to make it real.

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      Mentions: Google Paris
    9. Collectivizing Cash To Let More People Into The High-Value Philanthropy Club

      Collectivizing Cash To Let More People Into The High-Value Philanthropy Club

      Maverick Collective started in May 2016 with the broad idea to allow women with substantial means to help those without. A core group of 14 founding members promised to each spend at least $1 million over three years to test health interventions in the most impoverished places in partnership with not-for-profit Population Services International (PSI). The idea is to see if the venture capital approach to philanthropy can be a fast, effective way to change the world.

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    10. Doppler Labs And The Quest To Build A Computer For Your Ears

      Doppler Labs And The Quest To Build A Computer For Your Ears

      I’m trying to listen as Doppler Labs cofounder and CEO Noah Kraft walks me through his company’s new smart earbuds over the din of a crowded restaurant, but the cacophony of chattering diners and clanking silverware is overwhelming. I can’t make out a word. Then, all of a sudden, the background noise disappears. Kraft’s voice comes in loud and clear. It feels a little magical—even though we’re not actually at a restaurant.

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    11. The Science Behind Inspiring More Support For Refugees

      The Science Behind Inspiring More Support For Refugees

      The rainbow-themed ads began popping up on Facebook in early 2016. "Homosexuality Is a Crime in 77 Countries," read one with a rainbow-colored globe. "All Over the World LGBTI People Are Facing Prosecution," said another with a rainbow border above two men kissing as an angry mob approached. Another showed a rainbow being blocked from setting over the Kremlin and talked about the "ideological wall" of Russian politics. Yet another had one large rainbow-colored fist, raised in defiance.

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    12. Farming Coral On Land, In Hopes Of Saving Reefs In The Ocean

      Farming Coral On Land, In Hopes Of Saving Reefs In The Ocean

      When a new farm opens in the Dominican Republic next year, it will grow coral, not vegetables. Using recently developed techniques, a startup plans to grow pieces of coral as much as 50 times faster than it can grow in the ocean—and then use it to help rebuild coral reefs. The startup, Coral Vita, will use a method called "micro-fragmenting" that splits coral into tiny pieces, spurring it to grow to repair itself.

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    13. This App Will Help You Declutter Your Piles Of Unused Stuff

      This App Will Help You Declutter Your Piles Of Unused Stuff

      Americans are hoarders: There are now more self-storage facilities in the U.S. than Starbucks and McDonalds combined. Roughly a quarter of garages are too full of stuff to hold a car. The average home has $7,000 worth of unused belongings. A new app called Stuffstr is designed to help you declutter, whether you're on a Marie Kondo-inspired purge or just starting to feel guilty about everything you own that's going to waste.

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    14. This Very, Very Detailed Chart Shows How All The Energy In The U.S. Is Used

      This Very, Very Detailed Chart Shows How All The Energy In The U.S. Is Used

      Saul Griffith likes numbers. The serial entrepreneur and MacArthur genius once calculated the carbon footprint of every single action in his life—from buying underwear to paying taxes. Now he and a group of colleagues at Otherlab, his San Francisco-based company, have mapped out something else in obsessive detail: all of the energy used in America.

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    15. 3 Simple Tactics Companies Can Use To Become More Diverse

      3 Simple Tactics Companies Can Use To Become More Diverse

      At the typical Silicon Valley tech company, the demographics still very much match the stereotype: Employees are more likely to be male, and more likely to be white or Asian, than in a non-tech business. Some companies that have committed to become more diverse have struggled to actually make that happen; Intel, for example, had a slightly smaller percentage of Hispanic employees, and the same percentage of black employees, a year after pledging to transform its workforce so it represents the available talent. But other tech companies are starting to have a little more success. At the Code2040 Summit, an ...

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    16. Companies Are Signing Up To Give Their Employees Election Day Off--Is Yours?

      Companies Are Signing Up To Give Their Employees Election Day Off--Is Yours?

      Wouldn’t it be much easier to vote on Election Day if you had time off from work? Since it’s not yet a national holiday, a new campaign called Take Tuesday is asking employers around the country to make to make November 8 a vacation day on their corporate calendar—or at least guarantee a block of time off for all employees. "The will to vote isn’t the only thing standing in people’s way.

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    17. Don't Panic, But Our Technology Now Defies Human Understanding

      Don't Panic, But Our Technology Now Defies Human Understanding

      Remember a few months ago when Microsoft produced a friendly AI chatbot named Tay, designed to interact like a 19-year-old? It was a social and marketing experiment that quickly morphed into a social nightmare. Within a day, bombarded by hateful Twitter trolls, Tay had turned into a white supremacist—tweeting racist and offensive statements—and Microsoft had to shut it down. The Tay failure was a bug in the system.

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    18. This Brilliant Chair Solves The Inescapable Problem Of Being Too Hot Or Too Cold At Work

      This Brilliant Chair Solves The Inescapable Problem Of Being Too Hot Or Too Cold At Work

      If you're at work right now, you're probably too cold. Or too hot. If you have a working thermostat nearby, there's a good chance that it's the thing you disagree about most with the person sitting next to you. It seems like an intractable problem, because people inherently prefer different temperatures. A 2015 study found that women get cold much more quickly than men.

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    19. Whole Foods Is Launching A Budget Store That Will Also Be Sustainable And Zero Waste

      Whole Foods Is Launching A Budget Store That Will Also Be Sustainable And Zero Waste

      In May, Whole Foods will launch its new experiment to try to reel in millennials: The chain's first budget grocery will open in the hipster enclave of Silver Lake in Los Angeles. When it does, it will not only be cheap, but green. Any leftover food will go to food banks, and scraps will be composted. All of the lights are LEDs.

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    20. We Need To Redesign Work To Fight Bias, Because People Won't Get Any Less Sexist

      We Need To Redesign Work To Fight Bias, Because People Won't Get Any Less Sexist

      Leaning in doesn't always work. If you ask for a raise and you're female, studies suggest that your manager might be less likely to want to work with you afterward; you've violated gender norms. If you get offered a new job and try to negotiate better compensation, it might backfire (in extreme cases, it might even cost you your job offer). Maybe it's not surprising that it's hard for women to fix gender bias at work on their own.

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    21. How The Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Going To Change The Lives Of The Bottom Billion

      How The Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Going To Change The Lives Of The Bottom Billion

      Perhaps it's hard to imagine bitcoin making the world a better place. For the general public, the cryptocurrency is mostly associated with felons like Ross William Ulbricht, of Silk Road darknet fame, and failures like the Mt. Gox exchange, which closed in 2014 having misplaced thousands of bitcoin units. Bitcoin is used to buy illegal drugs, traffic in arms and people, and to hide criminal gains.

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    22. What Happens When We Become A Cashless Society?

      What Happens When We Become A Cashless Society?

      The U.S. government didn’t issue banknotes until 1862. Before that, people paid for goods and services with a mix of government-minted coins and currencies issued by private banks. And now cash is on its way out, accounting for just 40% of payments in 2012 and dropping. There are many benefits to removing cash from the economy, such as eliminating black markets and allowing more easy monetary policy.

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    23. Refugees Will Revitalize The Economy--If We Let Them

      Refugees Will Revitalize The Economy--If We Let Them

      When he was 12 years old, Christopher Nguyen and his mother spent a year planning the family's escape from Vietnam. It was 1978, three years after the fall of Saigon; his father, who had been in the South Vietnam military, was locked in a reeducation camp by the Viet Cong. "I remember the last meeting we had with him," he says. "My parents had this conversation: This is not going to change, and you've got to take the kids and run."

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