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πŸ’‘ Tips from Warp News: Food out of thin air & maps of progress

πŸ’‘ Tips from Warp News: Food out of thin air & maps of progress

Ken Follett's new book, interactive maps that show the world's progress, food out of thin air, why people are so pessimistic about the future - and finally a way to know if the ice cream at McDonald's is broken.

Mathias Sundin
Mathias Sundin

πŸ“š Book

I usually don't give you tips on fiction books, especially if they aren't about the future.

So why am I recommending you to read Ken Follett's The Evening and the Morning?

Well, first it is an excellent book. Just wonderful. It is the fourth book in Folletts Kingsbridge suite that started with The Pillars of the Earth. But Evening is a prequel; it takes place before Pillars, about a thousand years ago.

That is the second reason. Follett shows how brutal life was then and what huge progress we've made since.

Btw, I would love to connect with you on Goodreads and see what you are reading. Add me here.

πŸ“° Article

The Guardian has made a handful of interactive maps that shows the world's progress.

As Albert Einstein said, β€œYou can’t use old maps to explore a new world.”

πŸ‘‰ The maps that show life is slowly getting better

πŸ“Ί Video

Solar Foods is an exciting Finnish company producing protein out of thin air.

Here is their manifesto and you can watch other videos explaining the process on their YouTube channel.

We earlier wrote this short piece on Solar Foods.

Tips from Thomas AhlstrΓΆm.

πŸ—„οΈ From the archive

A majority of people in the richest countries are pessimistic about the future. One reason is that they know less about humanity's progress than chimpanzees.

πŸ‘‰ Why are people so pessimistic about the future? Part 1 - wrong facts

πŸ€ͺ And now for something completly different

Have you looked forward to a nice, cold ice cream at McDonald's, only to find that the machine is broken?

Well, you are not alone.

Rashiq Zahid became so annoyed he created a bot to check ahead if the ice cream machine works, McBroken.

Right now 10,42 percent of the machines are broken, but in Chicago 19 percent are.

So far only available in the U.S.