Too many people wrongly understand this debate as one of security versus privacy. The real choice here is one of liberty versus control... privacy is not in what we hide, but in having the freedom to hide something.
What's the difference between a person and a watch? Not as much as you might think...
Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine a world in which human members of the biological category “female” aren’t systematically disadvantaged...
What really scares people is not the artificial intelligence in the computer, but the “natural” intelligence they see in the mirror.
For the first time on record, young people are expected to be materially less well-off in adulthood than their parents. And it’s not just their material well-being that’s at stake – their mental and physical well-being is threatened by this hidden epidemic of perfectionism
For more than 1,000 years, the inhabitants of Oxyrhynchus dumped their refuse out in the desert sands beyond the town limits... now, they amount to one of the most valuable insights into history ever discovered.
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever
...it turns out that identity is often not a truthful representation of who we are anyway – even if we have an intact memory. Research shows that we don’t actually access and use all available memories when creating personal narratives. It is becoming increasingly clear that, at any given moment, we unawarely tend to choose and pick what to remember.
"And as the people thrill to him as a sort of solution, a democracy madly, willingly, impetuously, repeals itself."
You can't go anywhere anymore without seeing an example of the 'statue problem'... But the question - what should we do with these monuments to our past? - has no easy answers.