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Weekly round-up: Mars, Michael Sandel, Murders…

“Want to live and die on Mars? Mars One has officially begun its worldwide search for astronauts who will fly to Mars in 2023-and never come back.

The first humans on Mars may be reality TV stars.The ultimate goal is to select 24 to 40 candidates who will travel to Mars in groups of four. Mars One wants to land the first group (two men and two women, ideally from four different continents, says CEO Bas Lansdorp) on the red planet in 2023, with the other groups following one at a time, every two years.”

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“I pray that the sheriff’s office keeps an open mind. It is no sin to admit a mistake. No one is perfect in the performance of their job. I don’t know what else to say except I swear to God that I did NOT kill my wife.”

The Innocent Man just won a National Magazine Award in America. If you haven’t read it yet then stop what you’re doing and read it now.

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“After he got home that night, he confessed to his wife. A week later, the university suspended him from his job and held a news conference to announce his fraud. It became the lead story in the Netherlands and would dominate headlines for months. Overnight, Stapel went from being a respected professor to perhaps the biggest con man in academic science.”

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“The most worrisome outcome of the data revolution—and the hardest to quantify—is the discrimination that follows in this treasure trove of information’s wake…

Marketing, in a sense, is statistical discrimination. It’s about pinpointing where and for whom advertising dollars will have the greatest impact. But when the balance of power is as skewed as the relationship between consumers and data brokers, when an asymmetry exists that will only grow as more data becomes available, marketing becomes predatory.”

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And Michael Sandel joins Philip Adams to discuss what money can’t buy.

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And TEDxSydney gets some body percussion lessons…