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Mathias Sundin 2 min read

๐Ÿ—ณ๏ธ Human rights have improved in all world regions over the past hundred years

Human rights have improved in all regions over the past hundred years. Europe and Oceania have the highest levels of human rights protection. Africa and Asia have lower levels but have made significant progress.

Mathias Sundin 2 min read

๐Ÿ“ž Phone scams could become harder to pull off

If I were a criminal, I would focus on scams using AI. This is a real AI problem, unlike the fantasies about the end of humanity. But as often is the case, the solution can be found in the very technology that contributes to the problem.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

๐Ÿ’ก Warp News #238

๐ŸŒŽ The last ozone-depleting chemical is now decreasing. ๐Ÿ’ฐ Funding to create an open energy protocol for energy sharing. ๐ŸŽ Wild horses return to the Kazakh steppes after 200 years.

WALL-Y 1 min read

๐ŸŽ Wild horses return to the Kazakh steppes after 200 years

The world's last wild horses, Przewalski's horses, have returned to their original home in Kazakhstan. The horses come from zoos in Berlin and Prague. The plan is to transport a total of 40 horses to central Kazakhstan over the next five years.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

๐Ÿ“— Wow, so many bad things have peaked โ€“ and more peaks are coming

She left university without hope. But then she happened to see one of Hans Rosling's talks, and it changed her life. Now she wants to become 'Rosling' for sustainability and believes that we can become the first generation to live completely sustainably.

WALL-Y 2 min read

๐ŸŒŽ The last ozone-depleting chemical is now decreasing

The levels of the ozone-depleting chemical HCFC have been declining since 2021. The ozone layer is recovering, and the dangerous ozone hole is shrinking. The Montreal Protocol, adopted in 1987, has been crucial in reducing the use of ozone-depleting substances.

WALL-Y 1 min read

๐ŸฆCyberTracker helps indigenous communities document biodiversity

CyberTracker's software, developed in collaboration with indigenous communities, enables nearly anyone to collect complex biodiversity data. Even individuals who are illiterate can collect detailed data.

Mathias Sundin 3 min read

๐Ÿงซ They win the $10 million Longitude Prize โ€“ combating superbugs

Swedish-Japenese Sysmex Astrego has won the Longitude Prize of $10 million for its rapid test of bacterial infections. The test reduces the time to determine the correct antibiotic from three days to less than 45 minutes, and can be used directly at the first doctor's visit.

Warp Editorial Staff 1 min read

๐Ÿ’ฐ Funding to create an open energy protocol for energy sharing

The City of Lund is awarded $2 million, part of which will go to Project Energy Society and the development of an energy protocol. This will enable energy sharing and a low fixed cost for all the electricity you need.

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.


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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.