Each week, we share the top five articles that caught our attention. Here are your must-reads, published here and abroad, for the week of September 24th 2018.
Are things getting better or worse?
Was the past good or bad? Are we on the right track or the wrong one? Is life getting better or worse? These questions are easy to ask—pollsters and politicians love asking them—but surprisingly hard to answer.
→ Read it on New Yorker
Getting Cuba out of digital isolation
Cubans have spent the the better part of a century making do with what they have. Their unique approach is influencing a current wave of digital ingenuity.
→ Read it on The Next Web
The secret life of scooter outlaws
Teenagers are flocking to new electric scooter services like Bird and Lime, ignoring requirements that riders be 18 years of age or older…
→ Read it on The Verge
Stop reading what makes Elon Musk and Bill Gates successful
We are, by all indications, fascinated by those who have achieved extreme success in all areas of life. But there are some things that the life habits of Elon Musk, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates cannot teach us.
→ Read it on Medium
In your earbuds: Flash Forward
Flash Forward is a podcast about possible and not-so-possible futures. Episodes explore everything from the existence of artificial wombs to what would happen if space pirates dragged a second moon to Earth.
→ Listen to it on Flash Forward
Who to follow:
Velvet Spectrum is the creative studio of Luke Choice, an Australian visual artist now based in Portland, Oregon. Choice combines typography, illustration and animated graphics to create surreal and unexpected works of art.
Photo: Michele Marconi