Ascended Economy? | Slate Star Codex

Like most companies the battery-making company is primarily a profit-making operation, but the profit-making-ness draws on a lot of not-purely-economic actors and their not-purely-economic subgoals. Now imagine the company fires the inventor and replaces him with a genetic algorithm that optimizes battery design. It fires all its employees and replaces Read more…

Famine in CAR

Nearly 2.5 million people in the Central African Republic — half the population — are now facing hunger, double the figure from a year ago, the main food aid agency of the United Nations said Wednesday. The agency, the World Food Program, attributed the increase to years of conflict and insecurity that have kept people from tending Read more…