Are we due for a rise in cult formation? Several factors may be attributed to the spike in cults during the 70s and 80s ー psychedelics, historical and technological bombshells, and more tolerant (lax) cultures. While cults have declined since then, we may see a resurgence of them soon as those same factors are on the rise; Artificial Intelligence seems to have already planted the seeds for future “techno-cults” that will likely grow as AI gets more sophisticated.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here