We humans

A virtual tour of the Met, and other must-read stories

May 21, 2014 /

Well, Met
“I am delighted that digital technology can open the doors to this trove of images from our encyclopedic collection,” said Thomas Campbell of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as he unleashed more than 400,000 high-resolution digital images for free (non-commercial, scholarly) use. (See Campbell’s TED Talk.)

A tale of two inequalities
A short but important note from Peter Dorman, who reminds us that there are two types of inequality at work in society: one about the 99% versus the 1%, the second about the top .0001 versus everyone else.

The cost of modern slavery
You may think that slavery is a phenomenon of the past (though anyone who’s seen Kevin Bales’ TED Talk already knows better). But this report from Thomson Reuters states that slavery generates a whopping $150 billion in profits every year. A quarter of those being exploited are under 18 years old, while more than half are women and girls. Shocking.