Neal Stephenson on ‘Termination Shock,’ geoengineering, metaverse

Neal Stephenson Source: Mercatus Center at George Mason University Author Neal Stephenson shot to fame almost 30 years ago with the science-fiction novel “Snow Crash,” which envisioned a future dominated by mega-corporations and organized crime, competing for dominance in both the real world and the “metaverse,” a computer-generated world accessible through virtual reality headsets. Since … Read more

Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX spend millions to influence politics and policy

Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures as he visits the construction site of Tesla’s Gigafactory in Gruenheide near Berlin, Germany, August 13, 2021. Patrick Pleul | Reuters Elon Musk has told his tens of millions of social media followers that he “would prefer to stay out of politics.” Yet, with a mix of trash talk and … Read more

Kroger is taking on Publix in Florida without opening a single grocery store

Kroger’s delivery vans double as a billboard. The company is using them to get out the word that it’s now offering grocery deliveries in Florida. Melissa Repko GROVELAND, Fla.— Kroger wants to attract tens of thousands of new customers in Florida — and it plans to do that without opening a single grocery store. Instead, … Read more

Bitcoin mining giants Bitdeer, Riot Blockchain in Rockdale, Texas

Riot’s Whinstone mine in Rockdale, Texas. Riot’s Whinstone Data Center ROCKDALE, Texas – In this rural Texas town of 5,600 people, two of the biggest names in bitcoin mining are battling it out for market share and cheap electricity. These rivals also happen to be next-door neighbors. Bitdeer – a firm spun off from Chinese … Read more

The Dallas Cowboys are back and fans of ‘America’s Team’ are elated

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys scrambles with the ball in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer | Getty Images Sport | Getty Images The Dallas Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl in over 25 years. They’ve hardly even been … Read more

What Facebook knew about how it radicalized users

Facebook logo and stock graph are displayed through broken glass in this illustration taken October 4, 2021. Dado Ruvic | Reuters In summer 2019, a new Facebook user named Carol Smith signed up for the platform, describing herself as a politically conservative mother from Wilmington, North Carolina. Smith’s account indicated an interest in politics, parenting … Read more

$10 billion revenue, TV viewership rebound?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media prior to the game of the Milwaukee Bucks against the Phoenix Suns in Game One of the 2021 NBA Finals on July 6, 2021 at Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Garrett Ellwood | National Basketball Association | Getty Images Adam Silver was all smiles as he … Read more

Taiwanese chipmaker ramping production to end chip shortage

As the world grapples with an ongoing chip shortage, a quiet giant among chipmakers has committed to investing $100 billion over three years to ramp up production. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company may not be a household name, but with a market value of over $550 billion, it’s one of the world’s 10 most valuable companies. … Read more