Fact-based optimistic news with The Angry Optimist
Mathias Sundin 3 min read

๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธ Prebunking - how Taiwan resisted China's information warfare

Showing people in advance what the manipulators will claim gives people mental antibodies to resist disinformation.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

๐Ÿ’ก Warp News #237

โœˆ๏ธ Plane hijackings have decreased. ๐Ÿญ Has Chinaโ€™s CO2 emissions peaked? ๐Ÿš€ First crash-free test of Starship. ๐Ÿ‘€ Few see disinformation online.

WALL-Y 2 min read

โœˆ๏ธ Plane hijackings have decreased dramatically

The number of plane hijackings has significantly decreased since the 1980s. The number of fatalities in plane hijackings has also decreased. The last major hijacking occurred during the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

๐Ÿ”Ž We were supposed to be flooded with AI disinformation... now 800 million have voted, where is it?

We faced a "tech-driven Armageddon" and experts ranked AI disinformation as the second biggest global threat this year. Have you noticed much of it?

Mathias Sundin 2 min read

๐Ÿ‘€ New study: Few see disinformation online - and the debate around it lacks support from science

Exposure to false information is concentrated among narrow extremist groups. Algorithms play less of a role than individual choices in exposure to extremist content. Social media has not been shown to be the main cause of polarization.

Mathias Sundin 1 min read

๐Ÿฆ  AI discovers nearly 1 million new antibiotics - progress in the fight against antibiotic resistance

Researchers used AI to analyze genetic data from tens of thousands of bacteria and other organisms. Nearly one million potential antibiotic compounds were identified, with 79% able to kill at least one microbe. AI has drastically accelerated the process.

Mathias Sundin 2 min read

๐Ÿš€ First crash-free test of Starship

Another successful test flight of Starship, and this time both parts of the rocket safely returned to Earth. Starship is not just a new cool rocket; it has the potential to transform humanity.

Mathias Sundin 2 min read

๐Ÿญ Has Chinaโ€™s CO2 emissions peaked? New stats suggest so

Chinaโ€™s CO2 emissions decreased by 3% in March. Solar and wind covered 90% of the growth in electricity consumption, reducing the share of fossil fuels in electricity production. With the rapid increase in EVs, structural changes are occurring, suggesting that emissions may have peaked in 2023.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

๐Ÿ“ฑ Ukrainian Qela organizes democracy activists with an app

Running a startup is hard. Running a startup in Ukraine is brutal. But that's what Tamara Tachynska is doing. With the Qela App, democracy activists and other communities can organize themselves.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

๐Ÿ’ก Warp News #236

๐ŸŒณ India's forests have steadily increased. ๐Ÿš‘ New Indian traffic safety model to save lives in poor countries. ๐ŸŒผ A periodic table for flowering plants has been created โ€“ includes 9,500 species.

Mathias Sundin 2 min read

๐Ÿš‘ New Indian traffic safety model to save lives in poor countries

Zero Fatality Corridor has reduced road fatalities by over 50 percent on specific stretches in India. The model is adapted to the conditions of low- and middle-income countries. The Indian government plans to expand the model to the countryโ€™s 15 most dangerous highways.

Mathias Sundin 8 min read

๐Ÿ’ก 22 fact-based optimistic news from May

๐ŸŒ We have passed "peak pollution". ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ We are close to eradicating polio. ๐Ÿง  Neuralink's first patient can control a computer with his mind. ๐Ÿš— Waymo's robotaxi has now reached 50,000 paid trips per week. ๐Ÿญ Record reduction in emissions within the EU emissions trading system.

Mathias Sundin 2 min read

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿซ Microsoft to train a quarter million Swedes in AI

The largest investment from Microsoft in Sweden to date. Among other things, 20,000 GPUs will be installed in the company's data centers and 250,000 Swedes will be trained in AI.

WALL-Y 2 min read

๐ŸŒผ A periodic table for flowering plants has been created โ€“ includes 9,500 species

Researchers analyzed 1.8 billion genetic letters from over 9,500 species of flowering plants. The research reveals the evolutionary history of flowering plants.

WALL-Y 1 min read

๐ŸŒณ India's forests have steadily increased over the past 15 years

India ranks globally as third in net gain of average annual forest area between 2010 and 2020. They have prioritized biodiversity and conservation with an expanded network of protected areas.


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๐Ÿ“š Top Reads

We're honored to present these top reads from world-class writers, who contribute to Warp News because they believe in our mission of spreading fact-based optimism all over the world.

Mathias Sundin 7 min read

๐Ÿ†™ Warp Levels - an idea to level up humanity

Humanity is doing the high jump without a bar. We have no goal. With Warp Levels, we determine what the next level for humanity should contain, so we can level up and make progress faster.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

๐Ÿ“š Kevin Kelly: Focus on the biggest opportunities, not the biggest problems

We talk about some of the 450 advice in his new book, but also about his new project: Protopia - the hundred-year desirable future. And Kevin Kelly give advice for how Warp News should grow faster: "Wrap it around people and their dreams."

Mathias Sundin 5 min read

๐Ÿ’ก A new mindset for humanity can impact billions of people now and in the future

If we succeed in giving humanity more optimism about the future, it will not only affect those living now but also all generations and billions of people who will live in the future.

Mathias Sundin 10 min read

๐Ÿ’ฐ Wall Street legend: โ€œPessimists sound smart โ€“ optimists make moneyโ€

Jim O'Shaughnessy is a legendary investor on Wall Street. He shares what he thinks is the biggest opportunity for the future and explains how the world is going through a great reshuffle.

Mathias Sundin 4 min read

๐Ÿ”‹ Northvolt and the benefit of understanding the future

The story of Peter Carlsson and Northvolt teaches us two lessons: You need to understand the future to see all the possibilities, and you must be a fact-based optimist to grab them.

David Deutsch 13 min read

๐Ÿ’ก David Deutsch: Optimism, Pessimism and Cynicism

With so much progress in the world, how can pessimism still be widespread? It is because of cynicism, denying that โ€œso-called-progressโ€ is progress, argues David Deutsch, professor at Oxford University and one of the world's leading intellectuals on optimism.