A new issue of Contents magazine is out. Sarah Waldeck and Timothy P. Glynn (Seton Hall): Penalizing Diversity: How School Rankings Mislead the Market. Nick Bostrom (Oxford): The Superintelligent Will: Motivation and Instrumental Rationality in Advanced Artificial Agents. From io9, George Dvorsky on how autism is changing the world for everybody. An interview with John Fox, author of The Ball: Discovering the Object of the Game. From State of Nature, is it our fault we get sick? Ben Goertzel on how the technological elimination of pain is both feasible and possible. The Great American Novel: We’ve been looking for one since the 1860s — why? Leading from behind at the UN: Who says the United States doesn't wield influence in the world? From Vanity Fair, how Microsoft lost its mojo: Kurt Eichenwald on Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s most spectacular decline.

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