Google is cleaning house

Plus, the success of giving.
͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌     ͏ ‌    
Welcome To The Futurist
Welcome To The Futurist

Advertise  |  Talk to Us  |  Shop  |  Unsubscribe

The Futurist is your daily tech, cosmic, and science (both weird or otherwise) newsletter with articles and content curated just for you.

Civilization Trivia:

How much money is contributed for charitable causes on GivingTuesday?

Enough drops to fill an ocean.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Google will start deleting old accounts this week. here's how to save your Google account | CNET

“Act now if you want to keep your old Google accounts. Starting this week, on Dec. 1, Google will start deleting inactive Google accounts, it said, and all their contents, including Gmail messages, Photos, Calendar appointments, Contacts records, YouTube videos and Drive documents. … If you've got old Google accounts you'd like to hold on to, here's how to keep Google from deleting them starting in December.”

Dun & Bradstreet - Always-on business credit monitoring [Partner]

To achieve your growth goals, it’s crucial to monitor your business credit scores and ratings. But with your attention on other daily demands, this can easily slip. Don’t worry — we can help you remain vigilant. We can deliver real-time alerts for changes, up or down. You can also get pinged when we detect legal events that could potentially impact your business. Sign up now for business credit alerts and get insights that may help you reach the next step in your business journey. [Ad]

Algorithm identifies 188 new CRISPR gene-editing systems | New Atlas

“CRISPR systems are powerful tools for genetic engineering, but they have their limitations. … Now, that family has potentially grown much bigger. Researchers at the Broad Institute, MIT and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) used an algorithm to search for new CRISPR systems. In nature, CRISPR is a self-defense tool used by bacteria, so the team performed a deep dive into three databases of bacteria, found in environments as diverse as Antarctic lakes, breweries and dog saliva. The algorithm is built around a technique called locality-sensitive hashing, which groups similar objects together, and in this case, the team set it to look for genes linked to CRISPR.”

African penguins may tell each other apart by the spots in their plumage | Popular Science

“The assortment of black dots that decorate African penguins’ mostly all-white fronts might help the birds tell each other apart. This is the first documented time that animal behaviorists and psychologists have pinpointed a physical feature that a bird species uses for visual recognition. The findings are described in a study published in the January 2024 issue of the journal Animal Behaviour. In birds, distinguishing individual flock members is primarily based on auditory cues and not visual cues. For example, some parrots distinguish their offspring with squawking equivalent of individual names. This new research is one of the first studies to show that birds could use visual cues more than scientists previously believed.”

Nootopia - (Bestseller) Dopa Drops: Dynamic dopamine on demand [Partner]

Dopa Drops is the fastest way to enter a dopaminergic state of mind. This fortified cap takes advantage of the desire your body already has to create dopamine and it gives you the nutrients necessary to experience a higher level of motivation, pleasure, and focus. But it also gives your body the ability to release that dopamine over a period of time so that you don’t crash when the effects subside. And right now you can get 10% off + free shipping when you use the code FUTURIST10 at checkout. [Ad]

It happened to me: The GameStop Black Friday deal from hell | Kotaku

“Shopping at GameStop was never great, yet amid meme stock shenanigans, continued cuts, and a flailing c-suite, things have somehow only gotten worse. Through it all I’ve remained a subscriber to the company’s Pro rewards program because I 1) buy a lot of games and 2) like having a reason to walk into a store and chat with strangers who like games IRL. It used to be a pretty good deal, too. Now not so much. The price went up, the perks went down, and there are all sorts of new restrictions aimed at ripping you off. This has been clear in a general sense for a while now, but one specific Black Friday ordeal cemented just how bad things really are at the retailer.”

@tinyhouseperfect on Instagram


Interested in having one of your social posts featured in The Futurist?

The answer: $3.1 billion in 2022, expected to be between $3.5-5.1 billion in 2023

The answer: $3.1 billion in 2022, expected to be between $3.5-5.1 billion in 2023

According to the The Giving Block website: “What started as a small grassroots way to encourage generosity in the U.S. is so much more than a hashtag: GivingTuesday has become a global movement that inspires millions of people to give back through volunteerism and philanthropy. Nonprofits raised $3.1 billion in the U.S. alone on GivingTuesday in 2022. That’s a 15% increase YoY from 2021. In 2022, a record 35 million adults participated in GivingTuesday in the U.S. alone — roughly 13% of the country’s adult population. GivingTuesday had participants in a record 85 countries in 2012, including recent joinees Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Cyprus, and India.”