Measuring the Impact of the Sharing Economy

Saturday, April 5, 2014
By Georgios Zervas
Couch surfing

Online marketplaces facilitating peer-to-peer exchange of goods and services have been flourishing. Last year half a million visitors to New York City used Airbnb to find a place to stay. Airbnb is an online marketplace that matches those looking for short-term accommodation with those that can provide it in their homes. So far, consumers have... »

Living the Robot-Mediated Life

Friday, March 21, 2014
By dreeves
As seen on TV (with a bee)

It turns out people are pretty morbidly fascinated by Bethany Soule’s and my auction-based lifestyle. After Bethany’s Messy Matters article, “Love and/or Money,” it was »

Sex, Race, and Politics in Online Dating

Friday, January 31, 2014
By Sharad Goel
Love birds

With Valentine’s Day two weeks away, there’s still plenty of time to find your soul mate. But daters beware: nearly 50 years after the Supreme Court ruled bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional, race still matters. Among newlyweds, only 9% of whites and 17% of blacks married outside their race. Several recent studies, moreover, have shown that... »


1000 Days of User-Visible Improvements

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
By dreeves
An unfinished / unpolished Beeminder bee, being beeminded.

A version of this article appeared on the Beeminder Blog. This is the rest of the story, about how Beeminder bet $1000 on bettering Beeminder every day, then failed and had to actually cough up the... »

Popping the Filter Bubble

Saturday, November 30, 2013
By Sharad Goel
Elephants and donkeys in their own bubbles

In his provocative TED talk and bestselling book, the progressive internet activist Eli Pariser tells the story of how one day he noticed that the Facebook posts from his politically conservative friends began disappearing from his newsfeed. Pariser traces... »

Yootles Postmortem

Thursday, October 31, 2013
By dreeves
Gravestone with 'Yootles RIP May 1, 2006 - August 15, 2009

I introduced the social currency (or scrip) Yootles in 2006 with the (needless to say, quixotic) goal of changing the social norms about money. We had two specific reasons for an alternative currency: We wanted to run prediction markets and needed... »