…ale, showing its own products first when doing a product search, even if they weren’t the cheapest. We saw a rapid shift where the companies hosting formerly-open markets started to give themselves unfair advantages that couldn’t be countered by the other sellers in the market.
Here’s what won’t change: You’ll still be able to go on Google and search like you do today. You’ll still be able to go on Amazon and find 30 different coffee machines that you can get delivered to your house in two days. You’ll still be able to go on Facebook and see how your old friend from school is doing.
In 2008, after reading “The Simulation Argument,” a theory by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom that uses a series of mathematical equations to argue that we may be living in a computer simulation (think The Matrix), Cannon put forth his own philosophical treatise in the same style. Titled “The New God Argument,” it makes the case for both a compassionate creator and our own potential to become compassionate creators — a Saganesque twist on Joseph Smith’s teachings on becoming gods. It is, in a sense, the first Mormon transhumanist scripture.
One afternoon, Cannon was struck with a realization: “In the movies when someone dies, there’s always this music,” he explained. “It’s dramatic or sad or triumphant, but it gives meaning to the person’s death. In real life, there is no music.” If he wanted his father’s death — or his own life — to have meaning, he would have to make it himself.
…and disabled people to walk or laser cataract procedures to help people with low vision to see. But scratch the surface, and you’ll find that Mormon transhumanists believe that science can bring about the “realization of diverse prophetic visions of transfiguration, immortality, resurrection, renewal of this world, and the discovery and creation of worlds without end.” They believe the coming leaps in science and technology will help us realize the Mormon promise of achieving perfect, immortal bodies and becoming Gods.
…obvious and say that much if not all of the reason my life hasn’t changed is that I’m not a parent. Children are life’s great timekeepers, and when you don’t live with any, you’re at the mercy of your own internal clock, which, like everything else in the body, becomes less reliable with age. In that sense—and probably in several other senses, but who’s counting?—my life is very different th…
…vative news d…vative news diets — a group that was already especially likely to vote and to support Donald Trump. Accordingly, my colleagues and I find no association between pro-Trump fake news exposure and differential shifts in candidate support or voter turnout.
Moreover, the role of Facebook in the spread of fake news appears to have changed. In 2016, the site differentially appeared in web traffic just before visits to fake news sites, suggesting it played a key role in enabling the spread of fake news. No such pattern is apparent in the 2018 data. This result, which echoes findings from other studies and holds with an updated set of websites we compiled before the 2018 study, suggests that the platform’s efforts to limit the reach of fake news are having some impact. (Such inferences are necessarily indirect because Facebook remains largely closed to outside researc…